irector Ömer Faruk Sorak, the mastermind behind the Turkish mainstream, fires on all cylinders with 8 Seconds – his most ambitious(and risqué) cinematic undertaking to date, drawing his inspiration (and screenplay) from its real-life protagonist, Esra Inal. Based on true events, the film chronicles her life – a free-spirited Turkish-German woman, constantly at grips with her conservative surroundings. Choosing escape over conformity, we bear witness to her dualistic nature as she starts having precognitive visions of a sage, (played by renowned writer/spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz) ultimately serving as a catalyst to her visceral metamorphosis.
Set against an idyllic winterscape in the remote Turkish province of Kars, Snow Pirates is latecomer Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu’s debut feature that tells the story of three dreamers – Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, who stick together scouring the bleak and freezing countryside for coal. It is
more the political climate however, in the wake of the 1980 Turkish military coup, that is responsible for the impending sense of gloom. In a time forbidden to dream, the exuberant trio continue their tireless search in the pursuit of happiness.
Short film program, curated by Müge Turan
Repeat screening of our opening Gala attraction. Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big-city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious and ever so hilarious ladies of the night settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. Inspired by true events, we bear witness to a charming tale filled with tears and laughter; all unraveling through the eyes of young, light-hearted Yusuf, a shining star in this world of adults, all the while signifying the virtue of tolerance.
The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.
A meticulously crafted slow-burning psychological thriller chronicling the idle time spent by a disgruntled ship crew following the shipping company’s bankruptcy. Trapped on a cargo ship for months at sea, the captain struggles to maintain the status quo, and relationships between indignant crew members become too tense to bare. Gökhan Tiryaki’s beautifully stark photography (director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s resident cinematrographer), Nadir Sarıbacak’s (Winter Sleep, Wrong Rosary) tour de force performance will blow you away in Karaçelik’s homage to life at sea.
Turkey’s prolific television and cinema star Ali Atay makes his directorial debut with LIMONATA, a charming road comedy depicting the story of two half-brothers on a reluctant journey from Turkey to Macedonia to their fathers’ death bed. Previously unbeknownst to one another, this tumultous adventure will test their patience and force them to question their allegiances.
Reception from 7pm with live music, food, and swag bag
Film at 8.30pm
Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious "ladies of the night" who habituate this establishment settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. This North American premiere comes just a week after Türkân Şoray’s melodrama opens in Turkey.
A true master of allegories, filmmaker Emin Alper made his debut onto the world stage with 2012 Berlinale stunner Beyond the Hill, for which he won the esteemed Caligari Film Prize.
In his second feature Abluka, Alper tells the story of Kadir, a stoic ex-con released on parole for the purposes of acting as an informant to the powers that be. Awarded with the esteemed Special Jury Prize at this years Venice Film Festival, Alper’s Abluka is a starkly photographed, masterfully crafted film that delves deep into dystopia.
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Nesrin is an urban, middle-class woman recovering from a divorce. She’s quit her office job, abandoned her house in Istanbul, and come to the village house of her deceased grandmother to finish a novel and live out her childhood dream of being a writer. When her conservative and increasingly unhinged mother turns up uninvited and refuses to leave, Nesrin’s writing stalls and her fantasies of village life turn bitter as the two are forced to confront the darker corners of each other’s inner worlds.
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For decades the men of southeastern Turkey have been emigrating to Germany in search of better opportunity, leaving their wives and children behind. Only after they solidify their financial foundations abroad can the remaining members of their family join them. “Ich Liebe Dich” is a heart felt documentary which closely follows women in Hacilar, a small town in Southeastarn Turkey, as they gather everyday to take German lessons to ultimately prove their language proficiency to the German government in the hopes of joining their husbands.
This feature-length documentary by filmbuff turned filmmaker Cem Kaya, that chronicles the zeitgeist of the most prolific (and bizarre!) era of Yesilcam (or Turkish Hollywood, for the lack of a better phrase), that ‘sweet-spot’ in the 70s when Turkishfilmmakers had to resort to mind-boggling tactics to satisfy the endless demands of the domestic movie-going audience. Miniscule budgets and tight schedules meant the filmmakers of the time had to devise a formula that worked every time – remaking, remixing and ripping off universally acclaimed films like Superman, E.T., The Exorcist, Rambo, James Bond and of course Star Wars, all a la Turca, of course!
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Channeling the Dardenne brothers and reminiscent of their 1999 Palme d’Or winner Rosetta, documentarist turned feature filmmaker Emel Emine Balcı delves deep into blue collar Istanbul, in which Serap, a harried textile runner, struggles to get the attention of her estranged
Followed by a panel discussion.