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The 3th

SEATTLE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL

 
 

STFF 2015

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The 2015 festival, which opened with director Onur Ünlü’s film Let’s Sin starring Serkan Keskin, screened seven feature length films for Seattle audiences. The Short Film Competition screening, in its second year at STFF, featured the films of competition finalists, opening with Dogus Özokutan Ciftcioglu's film Random Attempts.


One of the festival’s biggest surprises was Kaan Müjdeci’s film Sivas, which represented Turkey in the 88th Academy Awards in the category of Foreign Language Film! Kaan Müjdeci was present to answer audience questions following the screening of his film about the prairie life of an 11 year-old boy and a fight dog named Sivas.

 
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OPENING FILM | LET's SIN / İTİRAZIM VAR

Friday Nov 6 8:30 PM at Pacific Place

There is a murder while at prayer. Selman Bulut, the imam of mosque, starts to investigate the murder and faces with people in the neighborhood.

Director: Onur Ünlü

Writer: Onur Ünlü

Stars: Serkan Keskin*, Hazal Kaya, Öner Erkan

Genre:  Action, Crime, Drama

*Actor Serkan Keskin, actor/director Ali Atay, actress Hazal Kaya and writer and director Kaan Müjdeci  are scheduled to attend the Opening and Closing night events and Q&A after screenings.

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BUT MUZEYYEN, THAT'S DEEPEST DESIRE / FAKAT MÜZEYYEN, BU DERİN BİR TUTKU

Saturday Nov 7 4:00 PM at SIFF Film Center

Arif, “a writer with no published books” as he describes himself, bumps into Müzeyyen while he is trying to figure out women and love. Arif is sick of the endless expectations of women, and Müzeyyen seems to be wanting nothing but to give. Arif thinks that women always talk about themselves, and Müzeyyen says nothing but encourages him to talk instead. While he is working on finishing his novel, Arif wanders around Müzeyyen’s passionate and mysterious world. At the end of this sensuous journey, Müzeyyen will bring Arif deep sorrow and also some of the answers he’s been looking for so desperately.

Director: Çigdem Vitrinel

Writers: Ceyda Asar, Çigdem Vitrinel (Based on Ilham Algör's novel)​

Stars: Erdal Besikçioglu, Sezin Akbasogulları, Erdinç Gülener

Genre: Drama, Romance

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THOU GILD'ST THE EVEN / SEN AYDINLATIRSIN GECEYI

Saturday Nov 7 7:00 PM at SIFF Film Center

A mysterious modern day fable that is set in a small town in Anatolia, where anxious Cemal attempts suicide in a barbershop. Anxieties are prevalent in the village, where there are a giant, an invisible woman, and a bookseller who can stop time with a clap of her hands.

Director:  Onur Ünlü
Writer:  Onur Ünlü
Stars:  Ali Atay*, Tansu Biçer, Cengiz Bozkurt
Genre:  Drama, Fantasy, Romance

*Q&A with Writer and Director Ali Atay after screening of Thou Gild’st the Even and Lemonade.

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LEMONADE / LIMONATA

Sunday Nov 8 7:00 PM at Kirkland Performance Center

So begins an entertaining road story where we witness two brothers with different cultural backgrounds, who don’t even know each other, have similarities, differences and even their fights.

 

Director:  Ali Atay*
Writers:  Ali Atay, Ertan Saban
Stars:  Ertan Saban, Serkan Keskin, Luran Ahmeti
Genre:  Comedy, Drama

*Q&A with Writer and Director Ali Atay after screening of Thou Gild’st the Even and Lemonade.

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THE IMPECCABLES / KUSURZSUZLAR

Sunday Nov 8 3:15 PM at SIFF Film Center

Two sisters in their early thirties find themselves isolated in the Aegean summer cottage of their childhood, as they must deal with their uneasy sibling relationship and confront their devastating recent past past.

 

Director:  Ramin Matin
Writer:  Emine Yıldırım
Stars:  Emre Yetim, Mehmet Ali Nuroglu, Suna Selen
Genre:  Drama, Family, Mystery

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SİVAS

Saturday Nov 7 1:30 PM at SIFF Uptown

An eleven year old boy and a weathered fighting dog develop a strong relationship after the boy finds the dog wounded in a ditch, left to die.

 

Director:  Kaan Müjdeci*
Writers:  Kaan Müjdeci
Stars:  Okan Avcı, Çakır, Ozan Çelik
Genre:  Drama


*Sivas is Turkey’s nominee for best foreign-language film Oscar this year. Q&A with Writer and Director Kaan Müjdeci after screening of Sivas.

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STFF SHORTS FINALISTS

Sunday Nov 8 1:00 PM at SIFF Film Center

The short films of 12 finalists are screened as part of the Short Film Competition, in its second year. The competition jury, comprised of distinguished voices in the Seattle arts and film community, selected Dogus Özokutan Çiftçioglu*’s film “Random Attempts” as the winner from among the finalists. Demet Sever’s film “Rejection” was runner-up, while Yusuf Özer took third place with his film “Man On The Road.”

​Çiftçioglu, flew to Seattle and is covered by STFF, is hosted at the historic Hotel Sorrento in Seattle for the duration of the festival.

 

*Short Film Competition winner Dogus Özokutan Çiftçioglu was in attendance.

STFF 2015 SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

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STFF 2015 TEAM MEMBERS

Festival Director

Emek Eraslan

Film, Festival, and Gala Logistics

Erol Balevi, Ebru Yildirim, Feral Gokcen, Demet Kitis, Huseyin Erdim, Banu Erdim

Community Engagement, Sponsorship, and Budget

John Gokcen, Huseyin Erdim, Ozgur Koc

Technology and Multimedia

Semih Erdogan, Huseyin Erdim

Visual Design

Kerem Ozcan

Social Media

Banu Erdim, Melis Kurban

Short Film Competition Director

Ozgur Arman

Short Film Competition

Rana San, M. Burak Senol, Arzu Cohen, Semih Energin, Ozgur Arman, Yasemin Tareen