SEATTLE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL
The 2012 Seattle Turkish Film Festival delighted Seattle moviegoers with five contemporary feature films by some of Turkey’s most respected directors.
My Grandfather’s People (2011) by the internationally celebrated director Çagan Irmak kicked off the festival with a screening at the opening night gala. The director traveled to Seattle for a Q&A with the audience.
The festival also featured Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) by the two-time Cannes recipient Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Merry-Go-Round (2011) by Ilksen Basarır, Love Likes Coincidences (2011) by Ömer Faruk Sorak, and last but not least Summer Book (2008) by Seyfi Teoman.
STFF 2012 OPENING GALA PICTURES
OPENING FILM | MY GRANDFATHER'S PEOPLE / DEDEMİN İNSANLARI
Friday Nov 2 8:30 PM at AMC Pacific Place 11
My Grandfather's People describes the spectacular transformation of a family and their country through the eyes of a ten-year old child and his grandfather living in a small town. This story about the people in the crowded and warm Aegean, you will once again experience the population exchange, what it means to be the other, the ability to belong anywhere no matter where you go, insurrections, numerous minorities, and both side.
Director: Cagan Irmak
Screenwriter: Cagan Irmak
Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Yigit Özsener, Gökçe Bahadır
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family
LOVE LOVES COINCIDENCES / AŞK TESADÜFLERİ SEVER
Saturday Nov 3 3:30 PM at SIFF Film Center
Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara… Yılmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crushes into Ömer's car. This accident causes Ömer's pregnant wife İnci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies are born on the same day. They see each other for the first time. This accident is the threshold of the coincidences that bring Özgür and Deniz together.
Director: Ömer Faruk Sorak
Screenwriter: Nuran Evren Sit
Stars: Mehmet Günsür, Belçim Bilgin, Altan Erkekli
Genre: Drama, Romance
SUMMER BOOK / TATİL KİTABI
Saturday Nov 3 6:00 PM at SIFF Film Center
Mustafa is a hard-working and ambitious agricultural merchant who is cold and austere towards his family.One day he has a brain hemorrhage on a business trip and goes into a coma after the operation...
Director: Seyfi Teoman
Screenwriter: Seyfi Teoman
Stars: Taner Birsel, Tayfun Günay, Harun Özüag
ONCE UPON A TIME IN ANATOLIA / BİR ZAMANLAR ANADOLU'DA
Saturday Nov 3 8:30 PM at SIFF Film Center
Through the night, three cars carry a small group of men police officers, a doctor, a prosecutor, grave diggers, gendarmerie forces, and two brothers, homicide suspects around in the rural surroundings of the Anatolian town Keskin, in search of a buried body.
Director: Nuri Bilgen Ceylan
Screenwriter: Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel
Genre: Crime, Drama
MERRY-GO-ROUND / ATLIKARINCA
Sunday Nov 4 6:30 PM at SIFF Film Center
Erdem, Sevil and their children Edip and Sevgi live in a small town. Their lives start to change when they have to move to Istanbul because Sevil’s mother has had a stroke.
Director: Ilksen Basarır
Screenwriter: Ilksen Basarır
Stars: Mert Fırat, Nergis Öztürk, Zeynep Oral