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Films From Turkey

“Nearly two decades after the war, we live in an endless ‘today' and are afraid to look into a ‘tomorrow'.” - Director Aida Begi? ... Ghosts of the past loom large in Sarajevo, where the transition from wartime to reconstruction remains incomplete, and corruption and violence thrive ... Read more
Climates won the Fipresci Award at this year's Cannes Film Festival. ... “In terms of what faces can express, without ever doing too much, Climates puts Ceylan on a par with Ingmar Bergman.” - Screen Daily ... A master of nuance and tightly drawn emotion, Nuri Bilge Ceylan directs his ... Read more
Beautifully shot in black and white, a gentle impressionistic film about the relentless cycle of life beginnings and endings outside and in timeless beauty and the ultimate solitude of the soul. A bit of a breather for the spirit-indulge it for once? ... Read more
Fuse (Gori Valtra) Bosnia-Herzegovina/Austria/France/TurkeyIn the small Bosnian town of Tesanje things appear calm in the aftermath of the ravaging war. People seem warm and open, and the town square is an inviting meeting point for its inhabitants. But look closer and there is a seedy underbelly ... Read more
“A movie without spiritual values is like useless knowledge.” - filmmaker Semih KaplanoÄŸlu ... Winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlin Film Festival, Honey completes Kaplano lu's non-chronological trilogy (after Egg and Milk) about the life of Yusuf, a young poet from a remote ... Read more
"Visually stunning, vividly emotional." - Variety ... From award-winning director Reha Erdem (Kosmos, MIFF 2010; Times and Winds, MIFF 2007) comes Jîn, the story of a young Kurdish rebel who breaks away to find life and solace in the wilderness. ... By moonlight, 17-year-old Jîn ... Read more
“Kosmos is nothing less than cosmic in scope… beautifully shot, and profoundly imaginative.” - Hollywood Reporter ... From the sweeping snow-driven plains on the edge of Turkey emerges a mysterious stranger, a fugitive from nowhere, sobbing as he runs into the arms of a city frozen in ... Read more
Winner of Best First Feature at the Venice Film Festival. ... Twenty-one years old and still living under the brutish dominion of his father, perpetual screw-up Mertkan makes decisions or, more generally, doesn't, based on the path of least resistance. When Mertkan meets a Kurdish waitress, he's ... Read more
A touching true story about the bonds between a brother and sister, set amid the picturesque beauty of a remote Turkish village. ... Even when things get tough, Ahmet and Ayse are always there for each other. After the death of their mother, Ahmet takes on the job of looking after his little ... Read more
“Dear love… you are the wide brown valley that I lie on, you are my Marlon and Brando” ... In 2003, just before the bombs started falling on Baghdad, fiery Turkish actress Ayca left her house and did the opposite of everyone else - heading straight for Iraq on a search to find her true ... Read more
Two young Syrians whose lives have been upended by war - 32-year-old resistance fighter Mowya and 24-year-old journalist Nour - explain why they're fighting. ... D Matthew VanDyke P Matthew VanDyke, Nour Kelze TD HD Cam/2013 ... Read more
A story of a truck-driver who leads a modest life in a suburb of Istanbul, with his wife, daughter and elderly father. A neighbour tries hard to separate the family so that he can marry the wife. After much trouble and difficulty all ends well and the family settles down to a more harmonious life ... Read more
"A deep and haunting work that lingers in the memory." - Hollywood Reporter ... As they drive through the Anatolian countryside looking for the body of a dead man, a policeman, a prosecutor and the two men who have confessed to the killing talk and joke with each other, gradually revealing the ... Read more
"A tragic love story, a fierce indictment against the Islamist regime in Tehran … a lyrical elegy replete with symbolical visions." - Screen Daily ... A poet during the reign of the Shah is imprisoned as part of Iran's destructive Islamic revolution due to the petty jealousies of a driver ... Read more
In 1984 a Kurdish woman visits her husband in prison, where she is forbidden to speak her own language or bring him anything. However, the human spirit prevails in this winner of the 2012 Short Film Palme d'Or. ... D/P/S L.Rezan Ye?ilba? L Kurdish-Turkish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2012 ... Read more
The film is not about a horse at all. The horse of the title stands for the dreams of people like the central characters of the film: an Anatolian peasant and his 12-year-old son. They have come to Istanbul, where they hope to make enough money to send the boy to school and give him an education ... Read more
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.Awarded the Best Director award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the latest film from Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Climates, MIFF 06), featuring his distinctive visual style, is a taut psychological thriller about a family trying desperately to hold together ... Read more
“Every encounter causes a new pain, the pain of growing up, of maturing, of getting old. This is the tragedy.” - filmmaker Reha Erdem Omer wants his dad dead. Yakup is in love with his teacher and, once he spies his dad eyeing her, wants his dad dead too. Yildiz is brought to tears by the ... Read more
A couple, growing increasingly distant, attempt to rekindle their relationship in this claustrophobic study of alienation. ... Mert and Selin are a young couple that seemingly have everything: good jobs, a nice apartment and each other. But as the silence between them grows, we find that they're ... Read more
Acknowledged as the revelation of the Official Competition at Cannes this year, and the recipient of the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor award—shared between the two leads—Uzak is a haunting tale of displacement and longing from Turkish auteur Nun Bilge Ceyian. ... Yusuf has left ... Read more
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