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London's 19th celebration of Turkish Cinema

19th London Turkish Film Festival

Opening Night - Thursday May 22


Directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun.

Starring Ercan Kesal, Ayca Damgaci, Tansu Bicer, Nadir Saribacak, Kevork Malikyan.

There could be no better way to open the 2014 London Turkish Film Festival than with the delightful heartbreaker of a shaggy dog tale that is Mahmut Fazil Coskun's YOZGAT BLUES.

In the small Anatolian town of Yozgat, the hopes and dreams of three people become intertwined. Yuvaz (Istanbul Film Festival Best Actor 2013 winner Ercan Kesal) is a middle-aged Istanbul widower and music teacher who would rather be performing his 1970s French chansons full time. He seizes the rare offer of a gig even if it is in remote Yozgat, and he takes along young Nese (Ayca Damgaci), his former student, as his singing partner. Yuvaz's growing attachment to Nese is complicated by the appearance of local barber Sabri (Tansu Bicer) who has two ambitions in life: to open a women’s hairdressing salon and to get married...

Nothing may quite work out exactly as everyone might hope, but their experiences in Yozgat prove both satisfying and invaluable. And like all the best Blues numbers, YOZGAT BLUES creates a haunting bittersweet mood that lingers long.

And what follows YOZGAT BLUES?....

A packed programme of features, shorts, documentaries and events is in preparation.


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