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Middle East Language Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Turkish Titles

Turkish Titles

Auf der anderen Seite
"Six characters are drawn together by circumstances - an old man and a prostitute forging a partnership, a young scholar reconciling his past, two young women falling in love, and a mother putting the shattered pieces of her life back together.

Bal
"Yusuf is an only child who lives with his parents in an isolated mountain area. The surrounding forest becomes a place of mystery and adventure when accompanying his beekeeper father on the job. The strong bond between father and son cannot protect the stuttering child from becoming an outsider during his first year of school. Yusuf's anxieties escalate when his father must travel to a faraway forest on a risky mission. With his father gone, Yusuf slips into silence to the distress of his mother."

Beş vakit = Times and Winds
"Laying bare forbidden yearnings, dawning sexuality, and oedipal rage, [the film] tells the story of three pre-adolescent friends coming of age in a remote Turkish mountain village."

Dry Summer
"Follows the machinations of an unrepentantly selfish tobacco farmer who builds a dam to prevent water from flowing downhill to his neighbors' crops. ... Alongside this tale ... is one of overheated desire, as a love triangle develops between the farmer, his more decent brother, and the beautiful villager the latter takes as his bride."

Gözetleme kulesi
"Haunted by a tragic incident, Nihat isolated himself by becoming a fire warden in a remote observation tower far out in the wilderness. Seher lives in a makeshift room at a rural bus station, and she has taken a job as a bus hostess to escape her own traumatic past. Destined to come to a crossroads, they go about their solitary lives until their fates collide. Beginning at first as muted antagonism, their relationship quickly turns into tender domesticity as they settle together at Nihat's mountain-side watchtower. Yet the weight of the past presses on the silence between them, serving as the ultimate catalyst in their impassioned relationship with each other, and with higher powers that guide their spiritual lives."

İklimler = Climates
"During a sweltering summer vacation on the Aegean coast, the relationship between middle-aged professor Isa and his younger, television producer girlfriend Bahar brutally implodes. Back in Istanbul that fall, Isa rekindles a torrid affair with a previous lover. But, when he learns that Bahar has left the city for a job in the snowy East, he follows her there to win her back."

Kiş uykusu = Winter Sleep
"Winner of the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes, the new film from Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Once Upon A Time In Anatolia) is an immersive and provocative drama. Set in the picturesque and striking landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Winter Sleep focuses on a small village, half-empty, in the wintry off-season. The film follows a local celebrity, Aydin, an actor who runs a small hotel with his wife, writes a column for the local newspaper, and is toying with the idea of producing a book on Turkish theatre. With a steady, penetrating gaze reminiscent of that which Ingmar Bergman brought to his chamber pieces, Ceylan cuts through the smug self-image of a man who considers himself of elevated stature, but is ultimately brought face-to-face with who and what he truly is. Awarded the International Critics Prize in Cannes in addition to the Palme d'Or, Winter Sleep is a compelling and hypnotic study of human frailty."

Mommo = The Bogeyman
"Can a boy of nine be a big brother, a father, a mother and a luminary all at once? For young Ayse, the answer is yes. In fact, as far as she's concerned, her big brother, Ahmet, is afraid of nothing at all. But the truth is, Ahmet is a child too, and he too has his fears. Equally, it's impossible for him to know everything. Their father, Kazim, has gone off to marry another woman and abandoned the two children to their fate with Hasan, their elderly and half-crippled grandfather."

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
"In the dead of night, a group of men - among them, a police commissioner, a prosecuter, a doctor and a murder suspect - drive through the Anatolian countryside, the serpentine roads and rolling hills lit only by the headlights of the cars. They are searching for a corpse, the victim of a brutal murder. The suspect, who claims he was drunk, can't remember where he buried the body. As night wears on, details about the murder emerge and the investigators' own hidden secrets come to light. In the Anatolian steppes, nothing is what it seems, and when the body is found, the real questions begin."

Three Monkeys
"Opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident in the dead of night. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyup to take the rap. While Eyup stews in jail, this devil's bargain takes its toll on his brooding son Ismail and restless wife Hacer, who falls into an illicit affair with the politician. Ismail's discovery of his mother's infidelity and Eyup's suspicions after he gets out of jail crank up the simmering tensions in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts.
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Uzak
"A successful photographer falls into an existential crisis, which is greatly exacerbated by an unexpected visit from a distant relative."

Yol
"A portrait of modern Turkey as seen through the eyes of five prisoners granted furlough to visit their families."