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Mayis Sikintisi / Clouds of May (1999) Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Emin Ceylan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Fatma Ceylan, Comedy, Drama

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This is a movie within movie, which is almost recursive, i.e., the movie inside looks like director Ceylan’s previous movie, Kasaba. It is about the movie director, Muzaffer, going back to his hometown to make a movie using a cast of local people. While Muzaffer is around, his mother complains about simple health problems, his father is in a legal fight against the government for his land, his cousin gets out of his job to help Muzaffer who promises him to find a job in Istanbul, and his little cousin Ali tries to carry an egg in his pocket for 40 days so that he’ll get the watch of his dreams. In the meantime, they get to form the cast for Muzaffer’s movie as well.

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2 Girls / Iki Genç Kiz (2005) Kutlug Ataman, Hülya Avsar, Vildan Atasever, Feride Çetin, Drama

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The film is about two teenage girls, Behiye and Handan, with contrasting characteristics and backgrounds, forming a close relationship with sexual implications. As they become closer and closer the relationship becomes more fragile, and the impossibility of the survival of their relationship becomes more evident over time. Economic, social, psychological, and sexual problems come in the way. Behiye is angry and rebellious, but her frequent outbursts cut little ice with her conservative family.

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Bana Masal Anlatma / Telling Lies (2015) Burak Aksak, Hande Dogandemir, Fatih Artman, Cengiz Bozkurt, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

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Riza is a minibus driver universally loved by the folk of Surici, the neighborhood of of IStanbul where he was born and raised. Ayperi on the other hand is the outsider who will turn Riza’s life upside down, as well as everything he knows and is familiar with. This is the story of two young people nestling under the wing of timeless friendship in an ordinary neighborhood.

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The Guardian / Bekci (1985) Ali Özgentürk, Müjdat Gezen, Güler Ökten, Damla Akasrsu, Drama

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In this film that wavers unsteadily between a comedy and a tragedy, Murtaza (Mujdat Gezen) is a deluded security guard whose fanatical reverence for “duty” verges on the psychotic. He is incapable of seeing himself for what he is – and as a consequence he is often the unwitting and unknowing brunt of jokes. His wife and daughters are painfully aware of his shortcomings, but they generally suffer in silence.

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Iron Claw the Pirate / Demir pençe (korsan adam) (1969) Çetin Inanç, Demir Karahan, Nebahat Çehre, Yildirim Gencer, Adventure, Fantasy

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With his operations in Istanbul being continually upset by the masked patriot-cum-vigilante Iron Claw the Pirate (Demir Karahan) and his female sidekick Mine (Nebahat Cehre), the legendary super villain Fantomas (Necati Er) travels to the city intent on eliminating the pair. In the meantime, a government operative, Yilmaz (Oktar Durukan), is killed during a raid on one of Fantomas’s lairs and his brother Yildirim (Yildirim Gencer) vows revenge. Teaming up with Iron Claw, Mine and the mysterious agent Uncle (Danyal Topatan), Yildirim soon finds himself in the thick of the action. But if our heroes are going to defeat Fantomas, they must first get past his chief henchman, the hulking, metal-handed Behcet (Behcet Nacar).

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The Herd / Sürü (1979) Zeki Ökten, Tarik Akan, Melike Demirag, Erol Demiröz, Drama

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Sürü portrays the lives of desperate Kurdish farmers in Turkey’s backward Southeast. An impoverished family, already suffering from the effects of a blood feud with a neighbouring clan, has to transport a herd of sheep to the capital city of Ankara. The episodic narrative follows them from the wastes of Turkey’s mountainous Southeast, to an apocalyptic train ride, and finally to the big city itself. Along the way, we watch the herd gradually depleted: first, as bribes that have to be paid to officials and train conductors, then by illness and injury, and then by sabotage. In Ankara, the family is torn apart by madness, death, and poverty.

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Umut / Hope (1970) Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney, Gülsen Alniaçik, Tuncel Kurtiz, Drama

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“Umut” is the story of an illiterate man and his family, whose existence depends on his income as a horse cab driver. When one of his horses is killed by an automobile, and when it is clear that neither justice nor charity will prevail, the man, played by Güney, begins a slow slide into despair. On the advice of a local holy man, and fuelled by an indefatigable optimism, he sets out into the desert in quest of a mythical lost treasure, slipping further and further into that final, ineluctable moment where hope itself becomes the last terrible delusion.

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