SEATTLE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL
The opening gala film for the 2017 festival was Ferzan Ozpetek's Red Istanbul. In addition to that, six feature length films were screened. Short film competition finalists have also been screened, in the fourth year of the short film competition, opening with Tufan Tastan's film Words Fly Away.
OPENING FILM | RED ISTANBUL / ISTANBUL KIRMIZISI
Thursday Nov 2 8:30 PM at Pacific Place
Deniz, an acclaimed author, is writing a book about his family and friends. He asks Orhan for critics. The day Orhan came to Istanbul from London, Deniz disappears. Orhan, Deniz's friend Neval and Deniz's lover Yusuf tries to find Deniz.
Director: Ferzan Ozpetek
*Actress Cigdem Onat attended the Q&A after the screening.
Friday Nov 3 7:00 PM at SIFF Uptown
A look at the 90's Turkish rock scene, one legendary stage band and its two genius members: Kerim Capli and Yavuz Cetin. Kerim (aka Kim) Capli toured with The Monkees and Hendrix back in 1967, 68. He co-wrote and recorded "Hard to Believe" with Davy Jones. What looked like a bright future for him in US ended abruptly. People thought he died; but did he?
Director: Mehmet Sertan Unver
MR GAY SYRIA
Friday Nov 3 9:30 PM at SIFF Uptown
MY FATHER'S WINGS / BABAMIN KANATLARI
Saturday Nov 4 2:00 PM at SIFF Film Center
Set against the backdrop of construction activity promising to fill in the empty spaces of the urban landscape with entirely new neighborhoods, a story unfolds of an aging construction worker who, unlike his peers, has to drop all plans for the future after being diagnosed with a malignant tumor.
Director: Kivanc Sezer
Writer: Kivanc Sezer
DON'T TELL ORHAN PAMUK THAT HIS NOVEL IS IN THE FILM I MADE IN KARS
Saturday Nov 4 4:15 PM at SIFF Film Center
A popular actor in Turkish cinema, Rıza Sönmez, goes behind the camera for this docudrama inspired by a visually impaired musician he met in Kars. Sönmez improvises a story about a barber who takes photos of people, streets, and objects, much like the character in Orhan Pamuk's novel Snow.
SOUR APPLES / EKSI ELMALAR
Saturday Nov 4 7:00 PM at SIFF Film Center
Promising a visual feast of colors, costumes, light and locations, Sour Apples will have you simultaneously laughing and crying with its powerful acting performances as well as Yilmaz Erdogan's witty and memorable dialogues.
Saturday Nov 4 9:15 PM at SIFF Film Center
Rauf hopes to win over his big crush, the older Zana, with the help of the color pink. But what does pink really look like anyways, and will he even be able to find it in his snowy little Kurdish village up in the mountains? Meanwhile, disturbing rumors sweep in from the outside world.
DRAWERS / CEKMECELER
Sunday Nov 5 6:00 PM at Kirkland Performance Center
Deniz, 33, ends up in a hospital after a traumatic night and has to face the ghosts of her past: Soon after the divorce of her parents, she is left behind at the age of five. Her father's control on her childhood's sexual discovery, drove her into a life full of parties, men and sex. After 25 years of her painful but liberating journey and finally months of hospital recovery, she manages to discover herself and furthermore the hidden secrets in her family drawers.
*Q&A with Director Caner Alper after the screening
STFF SHORTS FINALISTS
Sunday Nov 5 1:00 PM at SIFF Center
Short films selected by the STFF Shorts Film Committee out of more than 200 submissions. 11 films were screened in short films session during the festival.
Congratulations to the directors, actors and actresses and anyone who gave effort to make it happen these top 11 films!
STFF 2017 TEAM MEMBERS
Film, Festival, and Gala Logistics
Ebru Yildirim, Feral Gokcen, Demet Kitis, Banu Erdim
Community Engagement, Sponsorship, and Budget
Huseyin Erdim, Ufuk John Gokcen
Technology and Multimedia
Short Film Competition Director
Short Film Competition
Rana San, M. Burak Senol, Ozgur Arman, Lisa Waagd, Senay Cebioglu