Feast of fes­ti­val films on way

SOME­THING FOR EV­ERY­ONE: MOVIES FROM TURKEY RANGE FROM DRAMA TO COM­EDY

The Citizen (Gauteng) - - CITY -

The Girl with the Red Scarf is ‘the world’s great­est love story’.

Cin­ema Nou­veau will host the fifth Turk­ish Film Fes­ti­val in Jo­han­nes­burg from today un­til Sun­day at the Rose­bank Mall, fol­lowed by the Dur­ban edi­tion of the fes­ti­val from Oc­to­ber 20 to 22.

The Banff Film Fes­ti­val will fol­low in Novem­ber at Ster-Kinekor Sandton City.

The Turk­ish Film Fes­ti­val is made pos­si­ble with sup­port of Turkey’s min­istries of for­eign af­fairs and cul­ture and tourism, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ster-Kinekor Cin­ema Nou­veau. Glob­ally well­known companies Turk­ish Air­lines, Defy, CISCO and Radis­son Blu (Sandton) are also among the spon­sors.

Turk­ish Film Fes­ti­val

The show­case movie of the fes­ti­val is My Mother’s Wound. This am­bi­tious drama is di­rected by Ozan Acik­tan and draws at­ten­tion to the af­ter­math of the Bos­nian war. In a grip­ping tale of fam­ily, love and iden­tity, Salih searches for hope among wartorn lives.

On turn­ing 18, he leaves the or­phan­age to find his lost fam­ily and be­gins work­ing on a Ser­bian farm. Sud­denly, at the most un­ex­pected mo­ment, he finds a home. But will he ever be able to let go of the ghosts of his past and be happy in this new life? As the ten­sion es­ca­lates, dis­qui­et­ing se­crets sur­face.

Unique Life, a com­edy from Ca­gan Ir­mak, one of Turkey’s most pop­u­lar film­mak­ers, tells the story of Na­dide, who is search­ing for hap­pi­ness af­ter the death of her hus­band. Now over 50, Na­dide once chose mar­riage over col­lege and a ca­reer and strug­gled to keep her fam­ily to­gether. Af­ter los­ing her hus­band, she de­cides to en­rol in col­lege. There she finds her­self on a jour­ney to a new start in life with a group of young stu­dents and a mys­te­ri­ous cap­tain.

In­spired by the novel of ac­claimed writer Cen­giz Ayt­ma­tov, The Girl with the Red Scarf, is a clas­sic love story. It is said, in fact, that the French poet Aragon de­scribed The Girl with the Red Scarf as “the world’s great­est love story”. What is love? What makes a lover? What makes a spouse? What makes a fa­ther? And which is harder: to go back or not to go back?

Ey­vah Ey­vah 2, a com­edy, is the sec­ond in­stal­ment of the Ey­vah Ey­vah Tri­ol­ogy. Huseyin, a clar­inetist from a vil­lage in Turkey’s Thra­cian re­gion, is a young man liv­ing with his grand­par­ents. Two things are of great im­por­tance in Huseyin’s life: his clar­inet and his fi­ancee.

In the first film, Huseyin was forced to go to Is­tan­bul to search for his real fa­ther. He teams up with an ec­cen­tric night­club singer called Firuzan. Af­ter find­ing his fa­ther, Huseyin tries to reach his fi­ancee, who moves to a small vil­lage in the Turk­ish coun­try­side.

Hus­band Fac­tor is the story of Ef­sun, 30, seek­ing true love and a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship rather than a hus­band. She is the black sheep of her peers and the women of her fam­ily, who are pro­grammed for mar­riage.

She is seek­ing love yet she does not know what most girls know: how to strike an at­ti­tude, or how to ma­nip­u­late a man. Hence, she has not had a sin­gle steady re­la­tion­ship.

But her fam­ily are all ded­i­cated to ini­ti­at­ing Ef­sun into the in­tri­ca­cies of wom­an­hood and en­sur­ing she gets hitched into the “hap­pily ever af­ter”. Ef­sun sur­ren­ders her­self into the ca­pa­ble hands of these women.

All screen­ings will be free. Tick­ets can be booked and col­lected at the box of­fices one hour prior to each show. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Cin­ema Nou­veau web­site at cin­e­manou­veau.co.za.

Banff Film Fes­ti­val

Fea­tur­ing the best moun­tain films and ex­cep­tional film­mak­ing tal­ent from around the globe, the fes­ti­val of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one with a mix of top­ics and cine­matic styles and fea­tures some of the world’s most epic ad­ven­ture lo­ca­tions from Ice­land’s frosty surf spots and Utah’s canyon coun­try, to Siberia’s snowy slopes and the plains of Patag­o­nia. At­ten­dees will also see this year’s win­ning sub­mis­sion from the an­nual Cape Union Mart Ad­ven­ture Film Chal­lenge, One Fly at a Time by De­wald Brand. – Ci­ti­zen re­porter

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