The 9th
SEATTLE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL

THE 9TH SEATTLE TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL PROGRAM

We are happy to announce the 9th Seattle Turkish Film Festival Program that features some of the best contemporary Turkish Films. STFF 2021 will take place between December 4th-12th, with in-person and online screenings.

After a brief hiatus in 2020, we are excited to have in-person events scheduled for this year’s festival program. Please support us by joining these screenings and events as we are all looking forward to reconnecting in-person with our wonderful community. Please note that we will be following Seattle City Covid guidelines and vaccine verification policies for in-person events.

BY Erdal Gürsoy, Erdinç Uçar, Serdar Bozkus & Göker Tuncol

STFF 2021 OPENING GALA PICTURES

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TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE

Saturday, December 4, 5:30pm at SIFF CINEMA UPTOWN

Director: TUNC SAHIN

Cast: BURCU BIRICIK, PINAR DENIZ, ARAS AYDIN, BAŞAK DAŞMAN, NEZAKET ERDEN

Running Time: 101 MIN

 

 

Duygu and Bahadir work for a company that acquires banks’ receivables and their job is to corner the deptor using psychological pressure and to maximizing the money collection. Ceren, a young woman deep in dept, is their new target. Two Types Of People”is the story of frustrated young people who are fighting to survive in a ruthless system.

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PURA OLEA

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BROTHER'S KEEPER

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: FERIT KARAHAN
Cast: SAMET YILDIZ, EKIN KOÇ, MAHIR İPEK, MELIH SELÇUK, CANSU FIRINCI, NURULLAH ALACA
Running Time: 85 MIN


Set over the course of a tense day at an isolated boarding school, this moral drama follows a boy’s desperate fight to save his sick friend in the face of a rigid bureaucracy. The sudden illness of an 11-year-old boy in a boarding school in Eastern Anatolia is the catalyst which reveals the inner workings of this authoritarian institution in Ferit Karahan’s superb second feature. There’s a crystalline precision and angularity to the plotting, which grows more compelling with each layer of culpability that is unpeeled.  

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9,75 SQUARE CENTIMETERS

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: ULUC BAYRAKTAR
Cast: NEJAT ISLER, FUNDA ERYIGIT, BERKAY ATES
Running Time: 117 MIN


 

During his military service in 1990’s Southeast Turkey, Ahmet experiences something that will haunt him for the rest of his life. In 2013, when the chaotic days of Gezi Park protests in Istanbul start, Ahmet learns he has a brain tumor. Just as the lines between truth and fiction, the dream and the reality start to get blurred for him, he meets Serap; the love of his life. But time is ticking and his painful past weighs down on him every day, suffocating him with the same question: who is the child that plays hide and seek with him?

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WHEN I’M DONE DYING

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: NISAN DAG
Cast: OKTAY ÇUBUK, HAYAL KÖSEOGLU, USHAN ÇAKIR, EREN ÇIGDEM, MÜFIT KAYACA
Running Time: 97 MIN


Fehmi, a 19-yr-old aspiring rapper from a rough neighborhood of Istanbul, is addicted to bonzai, a cheap and deadly drug, jeopardizing his dreams of becoming a successful rapper. When Fehmi crosses paths with Devin, a 25-year old DJ, they fall hard for each other and find the inspiration they were lacking. But the flaming and troubled love of this unlikely duo soon becomes toxic. When I’m Done Dying is an emotional roller coaster into Istanbul youth, steeped into edgy rap composed by one of the most acclaimed beat-makers and rappers in Turkey, Da Poet.                                    

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PENNY BANK

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: FERIT KAROL
Cast: MURAT ÇELIK, GÜLÇIN KÜLTÜR ŞAHIN, MERT ATES, ONUR GÖKÇEK
Running Time: 94 MIN

A middle-class accountant and family man, Orhan is under heavy debt when his friend for whom he had been a guarantor abandons him. Orhan’s mother has been in a coma for a while. As Orhan tries to get out of this difficult situation, he moves away from his family and loved ones and becomes alienated.

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ISTANBUL PAINTING

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FRACTURED

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: FIKRET REYHAN
Cast: HAKAN SALINMIŞ, HAKAN EMRE ÜNAL, TUĞÇE YOLCU, SÜREYYA KILIMCI,GIRAY ALTINOK
Running Time: 82 MIN

Fatih, a migrant worker based in Britain once borrowed a lot of money to send to his family in Turkey from Ayhan, a fellow Turk in the UK. The debt remains unpaid even after Fatih's return to Turkey. On a trip back home Ayhan visits the family to ask for his money back. The family who live in the same building on the income from the overlapping business ventures are caught between their fear of God and economic interests. As they seek out ways to repay the debt in full or at least in part, all the family's buried conflicts slowly bubble to the surface.

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IT’S ALL ABOUT PEACE AND
HARMONY

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: NESIMI YETIK
Cast: DUDU YETIK, ASIYE DINCSOY, BETUL ESENER
Running Time: 97 MIN

 

It’s All About Peace and Harmony tells the story of a family composed of three women. These three women have a relation going back and forth between love and hate. Winners of this war fought by Dudu and Vildan in one front and by Hicran in another, change every instant. Continuing in the fronts of beauty-ugliness, marriage-celibacy, money-no money, health-sickness this war reaches such a frontline that there are no winners or losers. This frontline is where the mother, Dudu, gets a marriage proposal.

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OMAR AND US

Virtual Screening at Northwest Film Forum

Director: MARYNA ER GORBACH & MEHMET BAHADIR ER
Cast: HALA ALSAYASNEH, CEM BENDER, EMRAH DOGAN, TAJ SHER YAKUB
Running Time: 104 MIN

Ismet is a Turkish soldier, who was on duty at the border as a Commander of the Coast guard and recently got retired. Now as a civilian, he struggles to communicate with his family and people surrounding him. His only son abandoned him and left to the U.S. And now his wife wants to join her son, too. After suddenly becoming neighbors with two refugees (Omar and Mariye) at his house near the Turkish –Greek border and the humane experience he has to live through, he now has to face his prejudices and his political view.

ADOPT- A- FILM SPONSOR:

KOZA GROCERY & DELI

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STFF SHORTS 2021 PROGRAM

Sunday, December 5, 12:00pm at Northwest Film Forum

8th edition of our most eagerly anticipated event, STFF Shorts Program Festival Selection, will showcase 10 short films by contemporary filmmakers.
 
Beautiful Weather -
Okan Akgün
Brigitte Bardot - Çağıl Bocut
Everything As It Should Be - Onat Esenman
Kısmet - Emre Sert, Gözde Yetişkin (Jury’s Favorite)
Leylak - Scott Aharoni, Dennis Latos
Same Night Different Blue - Nuri Cihan Özdoğan
Subordinate - Ali Cabbar
Susam - Sami Morhayim
The Criminals - Serhat Karaaslan
The Great Istanbul Depression - Zeynep Dilan Süren

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NELC
University of Washington

 

OPENING GALA:

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MEET THE ARTIST

Meet Irem! The artist behind the illustration of this year's STFF poster!

As the STFF Team, we are honored to have her on-board this year!

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 Irem Ustaoğlu is an illustrator and graphic designer in Ankara, Turkey.  Her interest in art started in her childhood and her education life was shaped by art.


She graduated from Ankara Anatolian Fine Arts High School in 2011. Then she graduated from Hacettepe University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Graphic Design Department in 2015. She continued her second academic education at Anadolu University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Cartoon/Animation. She is mostly working on the children’s book illustration as a freelancer. She has always been passionate about illustration, animation, and everything about design.

Irem Ustaoglu

 
 

SUPPORT US

STFF is organized by a dedicated group of community volunteers. Your support enables us to continue bringing the very best of Turkish Cinema to Pacific Northwest audiences. 

 

STFF 2021 SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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