Take me back to Constantinople
BFS presents a Turkish Film Festival
December 9-11, 2011 and January 6-8, 2012
All shows start at 6.30 pm. Please be seated by 6.20 pm.
Venue: Bangalore Film Society Office, No. 33/1-9, Thyagraju Layout, Jaibharath Nagar, M.S. Nagar P.O, Bangalore 560 033. Land mark: Jaibharath Nagar Bharat Petrol Bunk
1. Eskiya (The Bandit)
2. Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim (The girl with the red scarf)
3. Hababam Sinifi (Outrageous Class)
4. Babam Ve Oglum (My Father and My Son)
5. Gegen die Wand (Head-On)
6. Uzak (Distant)
Friday, December 9th 2011
The Bandit (Eskiya/1996/121’)
Dir: Yavuz Turgul
Summary: The epic adventures of the legendary Baran the Bandit following his release from prison. After serving 35 years, it is no surprise that the world has changed dramatically. Still, Baran can't help but be shocked to discover that his home village is now underwater thanks to the construction of a new dam. He then heads for Istanbul to get revenge upon his former best friend, the man who snitched on him and stole his lover Keje. Along the way, Baran teams up with Cumali, a tough young punk who finds the thief's old-fashioned ways rather quaint. When Cumali gets into deep trouble with a crime boss, Baran adds another vengeful task to his roster.
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0116231/
Saturday, December 10th 2011
The girl with the red scarf (Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim/1978/90’)
Dir: Atif Yilmaz
Summary: A classic and endlessly watchable love story that never dates Inspired by the novel of acclaimed writer Cengiz Aytmatov, Atif Yilmaz adapts one of history's greatest love stories to the screen with the greatest finesse. Story of Ilyas, a truck driver who delivers sand to a dam construction, his newly acquired wife Asya and their young son Samet. But the legendary love affair between Asya and Ilyas is soon shaken by jealousy, an alcohol habit and extra-marital affair. Ilyas, who genuinely loves his wife but is hampered by an ever weakening character, ends up walking out when job-related problems come to a head. The helpless Asya is left with their son to cope alone. She waits patiently for her husband to return Until she runs into Cemsit, a sympathetic figure who Samet soon begins to identify as his father. When she finally surrenders to his affections, life takes on an entirely new hue.
But then, years later, Ilyas suddenly appears from nowhere, demanding his wife and child back. His arrival rekindles the questions that have preoccupied hearts and minds since time immemorial. What is love? What makes a lover? What makes a spouse? What makes a father?... And which is harder: to go back or not to go back?
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0263975/
Sunday, December 11th 2011
Outrageous Class (Hababam Sinifi/1975/87’)
Dir: Ertem Egilmez
Summary: Outrageous Class is the first of a series of rip-roaring comedy films made by Ertem Egilzmez. Dubbed as one of the greatest Turkish movie productions with great actors and actresses, scenario full of fun, a class full of outrageous guys.
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0252487/
Friday, January 6th 2012
My Father and My Son (Babam Ve Oglum/2005/108’)
Dir: Cagan Irmak
Summary: Sadik is one of the rebellious youth who has been politically active as a university student and became a left-wing journalist in the 70's, despite his father's expectations of him becoming an agricultural engineer and taking control of their family farm in an Aegean village. On the dawn of September 12, 1980, when a merciless military coup hits the country, they cannot find access to any hospital or a doctor and his wife dies while giving birth to their only child, Deniz. After a long-lasting period of torture, trials, and jail time, Sadik returns to his village with 7-8 years old Deniz, knowing that it will be hard to correct things with his father, Huseyin.
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0476735/
Saturday, January 7th 2012
Head-On (Gegen die Wand/2004/121’)
Dir: Fatih Akin
Summary: In 'Gegen die Wand' Cahit, a 40-something male from Mersin in Turkey has removed everything Turkish from his life. He has become an alcoholic drug addict and at the start of the movie wants to end it all. Sibel a 20-something female from Hamburg wishes to please her Turkish parents yet yearns for freedom. She has had her nose broken by her brother for being seen holding hands with a boy and yet she can not break her mother's heart and run away. She too attempts suicide and she first approaches Cahit there at the Hospital. Sibel asks Cahit to marry her, as she believes this to be the way out of her parent's house. She promises Cahit that their relationship will be like roommates, not like a married couple. The film follows Sibel and Cahit as they get married, become closer and eventually fall in love.
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0347048/
Sunday, January 8th 2012
Dir: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Summary: Mahmut, a 40 year old independent photographer, is a "village boy made good" at least professionally in the big city - Istanbul in this case. After his wife leaves him, he falls into an existential crisis. Then comes his cousin Yusuf, who left his native village after a local factory closed down, effectively unemploying over half the local men. He looks to Istanbul for salvation: a job on board a ship sailing abroad, at once exciting and crucial to supporting his family in the desperately poor village. The distance between the two men is apparent at once, and becomes increasingly pronounced. Whereas Mahmut is adusted to big city life and suffers from many of its neuroses, Yusuf is a lonely, excentric country worker with annoying nervous and hygienic habits, and a sick mother back home he must somehow support. This intimate drama was filmed in the director's apartment in Istanbul, using all his furniture, appliances, rooms, car and so on as the film's props.
Further details on: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0346094/