1991-2000ArthouseDramaNuri Bilge CeylanTurkey

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Kasaba AKA The Small Town (1997)

Depiction of a small Turkish town, as seen from the perspective of an 11 year old girl and her 7 year – old brother. The four part film unfolds along with the seasons. The first part is set at the school the girl attends, the social environment she must adapt to and its difficulties. She faces with her feeling of shame and some merciless clues of life. The second part is in spring. We see the girl with her brother and their journey to the maize field where their family are waiting for them. As they pass through the countryside, they encounter the mysteries of nature and wildlife. The childhood cruelty of the spring scenes flows into a summer evening when the children with their parents, grandparents and a cousin are roasting maize by a fire. Here the brother and sister witness the complexities and darkness of the adult world. The adults conversation, that is about war, death, poverty, hunger, work and reputation, reveal all kinds of things about the family. The fourth part takes place at home. This is a tranquil sequence moving between reality and dream.

“Kasaba” is an extremely personal film, like stylized poetry, beautifully shot with amateur actors. Shot in Black and White, was made on a low budget, not just due to a lack of money, but also because Ceylan wanted to work with a small crew to create an intimate mood. The actors in the film are mainly relatives and friends of the director, the script is based on an autobiographical story by his sister and was shot in a village in Anatolia where he spent his childhood.

2.28GB | 1 h 23 min | 960×576 | mkv




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