10th LTFF

10 London Turkish Film Festival

6 - 17 December 2002

WELCOME TO THE FESTIVAL

The 10th London Turkish Film Festival once again provides London's Turkish speaking community and cinema-goers in general with a chance to see an exciting selection of the best new Turkish feature films, documentaries and shorts. To mark the festival's tenth anniversary we are proud to present twelve classic Turkish films including a six film tribute to the distinguished director Atif Yilmaz.

This year's festival includes: Zeki Demirkubuz's FATE and CONFESSION, the first two films of Zeki Demirkubuz's critically acclaimed Tales About Darkness trilogy - in FATE, customs office worker Musa goes to extreme lengths to avoid making decisions about his life, and in CONFESSION, businessman Harun tries to ignore his wife's infidelity; Dervis Zaim's THE ELEPHANTS AND THE GRASS, intertwining stories create a fascinating and enthralling portrait of Turkey during the last 15 years; Handan Ipekçi's HEJAR, a controversial and touching story of the friendship of a retired judge and a five-year-old Kurdish girl; Tayfun Pirselimoglu's INNOWHERELAND, the story of a widow's attempts to find her politically active son who has disappeared; Hakan Sahin's MIRROR, a man tormented by the memory of the accidental drowning of his brother goes to live in Canada and has an unexpected confrontation with death; Ümit Ünal's 9, a police investigation following the murder of a homeless girl in a poor Istanbul district reveals the secret history of the neighbourhood; Erdal Murat Aktas' THE RUNAWAY MUMMY, an energetic and charming Hollywood-style caper comedy set in Egypt and Turkey and a big box office hit; Semir Aslanyürek's THE WATERFALL, in a small town in south-east Turkey things come to a head between the community's political factions when the local waterfall is demolished to make way for a factory.

The retrospective includes: two films by Ömer Kavur A BROKEN LOVE STORY and DESPARATE ROAD, Memduh Ün's THE BROKEN POTS, Yilmaz Guney's HOPE, L. Ömer Akad's RED RIVER, BLACK SHEEP and Metin Erksan's REVENGE OF THE SNAKES, The Atif Yilmaz tribute features: CAN ASIYE BE SAVED?, THE GIRL WITH THE RED SCARF, MY DREAMS, MY LOVE AND YOU, O BEAUTIFUL ISTANBUL, OH BELINDA and VASFIYE IS HER NAME.

There will be discussions with film-makers and two extensive programmes of short films.

Guests include: Mutena Acik (producer THE RUNAWAY MUMMY), Ayla Algan (actress O BEAUTIFUL ISTANBUL), Erdal Murat Aktas (director THE RUNAWAY MUMMY), Sevinç Baloglu (TURSAK), Guldem Durmaz (director THE DRIVER and KORO), Kudret Gunes (director LEYLA ZANA), Handan Ipekçi (director HEJAR), Ali Poyrazoglu (actor 9) and Atif Yilmaz.

All the films will have English subtitles.

We hope you enjoy the festival.

Vedide Kaymak & Charles Rubinstein

OPENING GALA MUSIC Fri 6 Dec 8.00pm

The Veneto String Quartet play
SUZAN BEYAZIT an Anatolian touch to the String Quartet
1st Violin: Katy Rimmer 2nd Violin: Emma Blanco Viola: Daniele Manente Cello: Simon Williamson
Performance sponsored by Önder Sahan

PANEL DISCUSSION Sun 8 Dec 1.15pm
TURKISH CINEMA AT THE BIRTH OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Participants: Mutena Acik, Ayla Algan, Erdal Murat Aktas, Sevinç Baloglu, Guldem Durmaz, Kudret Gunes, Handan Ipekçi, Ali Poyrazoglu, Atif Yilma.

FEATURE FILMS

9

Turkey 2002 / 90m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Ümit Ünal
Cast: Ali Poyrazoglu, Cezmi Baskin, Serra Yilmaz, Fikret Kuskan, Ozan Güven, Rafa Radomisli

A young, homeless girl is found brutally murdered in a poor neighbourhood in Istanbul. Nobody knows where she came from. A police investigation is mounted, and six people are interrogated. As the investigation progresses, the suspects find themselves being manipulated and abused, and ultimately reveal the secret history of their neighbourhood. This feature film debut by director Ümit Ünal is Turkey's first film to be shot on DV and transferred to 35mm. (Selected as Turkey's official entry to the 2003 Oscars.)

CONFESSION (Itiraf)

Turkey 2001 / 90m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
Cast: Taner Birsel, Basak Köklükaya, Miraç Eronat, Iskender Altin

The second film in Zeki Demirkubuz's Tales About Darkness trilogy, has Harun, a rich and successful businessman, returning home to Ankara from a business trip to discover that his wife, Nilgün, has been unfaithful. She is unaware that he knows, and he decides not to believe in the truth and risk losing his beautiful wife. However, with the passing of time, he finds that he needs to uncover the truth. When, one night he finally decides to challenge her face-to-face, the "truth" he discovers is not the one he has been expecting.

ELEPHANTS AND GRASS (Filler ve Çimen)

Turkey 2001 / 115m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Dervis Zaim
Cast: Bülent Kayabas, Ali Sürmeli, Sanmen Çelik, Ugur polat, Haluk Bilginer, Taner Barlas

ELEPHANTS AND GRASS is a film filled with disparate characters whose stories at first appear to be independent of each other, but slowly, as the film progresses, we learn of their increasing similarities. As the stories begin to overlap and intertwine with one another, a number of plot twists are revealed. The different characters that populate the film include Mafia godfathers, politicians, bureaucrats, assassins, policemen and an athlete who is trying to raise money to pay for medical treatment for his brother. ELEPHANTS AND GRASS is a fascinating, revealing and enthralling portrait of Turkey during the last 15 years.

FATE (Yazgi)

Turkey 2001 / 120m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
Cast: Serdar Orçin, Zeynep Tokus, Engin Günaydin

The first film in Zeki Demirkubuz's Tales About Darkness trilogy, FATE is the story of customs office worker Musa's determination, taken to extreme lengths, that nothing will affect the equilibrium of his life, not even the death of his own mother. In order to not make the decision himself, he marries a girl he doesn't love, just because his mother wanted him to get married. Inspired by Albert Camus' famous novel The Stranger, FATE is an intriguing portrait of a man who feels guilty without any reason, and who neglects to use his will.


HEJAR (Büyük Adam Küçük Ask)

Turkey - Greece - Hungary 2001 / 120m / English subtitles / Cert. PG
Director: Handan Ipekçi
Cast: Sükran Güngör, Dilan Erçetin, Füsun Demirel, Yildiz Kenter

Mr Rifat is a 75-year-old retired judge. When the police raid the apartment next door killing the occupants in an exchange of gunfire, a young girl, Hejar, miraculously escapes and is given refuge by Mr Rifat's housekeeper, Sakine. When Rifat notices that Hejar is injured and in shock, he decides not to contact the authorities but to help her. However, things do not go according to plan, as it becomes apparent that Hejar is Kurdish and does not speak any Turkish. At first their relationship is antagonistic, but slowly a bond begins to form between them, and they gradually develop a touching friendship with each other.


INNOWHERELAND (Hiçbiryerde)

Turkey 2001 / 90m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Tayfun Pirselimoglu
Cast: Zuhal Olcay, Parkan Özturan, Meral Okay, Rubi Sari, Cezmi Baskin, Devin Özgür Çinar

After the death of her Kurdish husband, a political activist, Sükran insisted on raising her son, Veysel, as apolitical and "clean". Then, one day, he disappears. Still believing that her son is alive, she goes to the police for help, but with no success. Then, one day a friend approaches her with information that a young man called Veysel has escaped from police custody while being transported, and was last seen in Mardin, a small town in south-east Turkey. Sükran immediately decides to go to Mardin in search of her estranged son.

MIRROR (Ayna)

Turkey - Canada 2002 / 80m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Hakan Sahin
Cast: Ugur Polat, Ljubo Bakic, Travis Vanhill, Cengiz Temelli, Catherine Mazer, Lambert Weffen

A man who is tormented by the memory of the accidental drowning of his brother journeys to Canada to study, and escape. He takes a job at a grocery store in a small town to finance his studies. There, he finds a fresh and eccentric culture, but as time passes he becomes more isolated. He becomes increasingly indisciplined, erratic and irritable. Then an unexpected confrontation with death finally gives him what he has been searching for all along - the affirmation of life.

THE RUNAWAY MUMMY (Mumya Firarda)

Turkey 2002 / 110m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Erdal Murat Aktas
Cast: Teoman, Nurgül Yesilcay, Selami Sahin, Nurseli Idiz

A big box office hit in Turkey, this is an energetic and charming Hollywood-style caper comedy with a crazy plot set in Egypt and Turkey. On the day when the beautiful half-Egyptian and half-Turkish Fatima and the young Turkish secret agent Ahmet meet each other at the airport, there are two coffins on the plane arriving from Egypt. Then, by mistake, the stolen mummified Ramses IV is sent to Yaha's mourning family and poor kidnapped archaeologist Yayha to a passionate gangster, who hopes to cure his sexual problems by using the mummy as an aphrodisiac.

THE WATERFALL (Sellale)

Turkey 2001 / 120m / English subtitles / Cert. 15
Director: Semir Aslanyürek
Cast: Hülya Koçyigit, Tuncel Kurtiz, Aykut Oray, Ali Sürmeli, Enis Aslanyürek May 1960.

Harbiye, a hill suburb south of Antakya in south-east Turkey, just before the military intervention of 27 May. A young boy, Cemal (Aslanyürek) lives with his father Yusuf (Oray), a staunch democrat and anti-communist. Next door to them is Cemal's uncle, Suleyman (Sürmeli), who is the political opposite of Cemal's father. The two men have constructed a wall between them, and haven't spoken to each other for years. When the local waterfall, a place where women traditionally go to to recount their dreams, is demolished to make way for the construction of a factory, things come to a head between the town's differing political factions, and, ultimately, for Cemal's family life.

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