A Cinematic Delight – Turkish Film Festival Australia 2015
OPENING FILM – SON MEKTUP (LAST LETTER)
Screening: Sydney Thursday 16 April. Melbourne Thursday 23 April.
Writer/Director: Özhan Eren (2015) 122 mins.
Cast: Tansel Öngel, Nesrin Cavadzade, Hüseyinavni Danyal, Bülent Sakrak
Genre: History Action Romance Drama
In the heat of the most violent and terrifying days of WWI, one of the first Ottoman pilots, Captain Salih Ekrham (Tansel Öngel), helps save a young orphan boy named Fuat during an English air raid at Gallipoli. Fuat takes shelter under the wing of nurse Nihal (Nesrin Cavadzade) and becomes the uniting force that brings Salih and Nihal together. When Nihal is required to return to Istanbul, the bond between the pilot and the nurse defies the conditions of war and blossoms into a great love ‘expressed in letters’.
KARISIK KASET (MIXTAPE)
Screening: Sydney Friday 17 April. Melbourne Saturday 25 April.
Director: Tunç Şahin (2014) 106mins.
Cast: Sarp Apak, Özge Özpirinçci
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Istanbul 1990. Thirteen-year-old music aficionado Ulaş (Sarp Apak) is in love with the girl next door, İrem (Özge Özpirinçci). Sweet but shy Ulaş hatches a plan to confess his love to İrem with a Mixtape of Turkish pop songs. It will take two decades and the best of Turkish pop music before Ulas can make his musical declaration of love.
CALSIN SAZLAR (LET THE BAND PLAY)
Screening: Sydney Saturday 18 April. Melbourne Sunday 26 April.
Writer/Director: Nesli Çolgeçen (2014) 97 mins.
Cast: Belçim Bilgin, Engin Hepileri, Caner Cindoruk
Genre: Comedy Romance Drama
Istanbul 1960. Two dreamers, Greek meyhane (wine bar) owner Barba (Engin Hepileri) and his best friend, clarinet player, Mahir (Caner Cindoruk), are enjoying life with music and raki washing away any concerns of the conflict brewing between Greeks and Turks. When the sultry and vivacious singer Yasemin (Belcim Bilgin) enters their lives a passionate love triangle is formed with potentially tragic consequences. Let the Band Play recalls memories of a multicultural society that once inhabited Istanbul and pays homage to the now-withering meyhanes that brought people from different walks of life together.
KAR KORSANLAR (SNOW PIRATES)
Screening: Melbourne Fri 24 April.
Writer/Director: Faruk Hacihafɩzoğlu (2015) 83 mins
Cast: Taha Tegin Özdemir, Yakup Ozgur Kurtaal and Ömer Uluç.
Genre: Coming-of-age Drama
In the shadow of Turkey’s violent military coup of 1980, three teenage boys, Serhat (Taha Tegin Özdemir), Gürbüz (Yakup Ozgur Kurtaal) and İbo (Ömer Uluç), head into the snow amid a bitterly cold winter. Their mission is to find coal – the black gold needed to heat the family home. An innocent adventure in pursuit of scarce resources turns into a landmark journey that brings the boys face-to-face with the realities and responsibilities of their coming-of-age.
NEFESIM KESILENE KADAR (UNTIL I LOSE MY BREATH)
Screening: Melbourne Saturday 25 April.
Writer/Director: Emine Emel Balci (2015) 94 mins.
Cast: Esme Madra, Riza Akin
Genre: Family Drama. Coming of age.
Serap (Esme Madra) is a quiet yet hot-headed young woman who works long hours in a cramped textile factory in Istanbul. Unhappy living with her abusive brother-in-law and detached sister, the only thing that keeps Serap going is the hope of moving into an apartment with her father (Riza Akin) – a long distance truck driver who is indifferent to Serap’s wishes. As the father-daughter roles are reversed Serap is forced to take matters into her own hands if she wants to realise her goals.
BIR VARMIS BIR YOKMUS (ONCE UPON A TIME)
Screening: Melbourne Sunday 26 April.
Dir: Ilksen Başarir (2015) 105 mins.
Cast: Mert Firat. Melisa Sozen
Genre: Drama. Romance.
Kindergarten teacher Nehir (Melisa Sozen) is searching for the name of a song she heard. At a bar she meets the writer Ozan (Mert Firat). This romantic drama follows the emotional ride of two slightly damaged souls as they escape the trauma of the past and search for the ultimate fairy tale ending.
A Cinematic Delight 2015 – 5th Annual Turkish Film Festival Australia
Sydney. 16-18 April. Dendy Cinema, Newtown
Melbourne. 23-26 April. ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne