Tag Archives: turkish

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

Umut (1970)
“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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Zenne Dancer (2012) Caner Alper, Kerem Can, Giovanni Arvaneh, Erkan Avci, Drama, Romance

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A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots of love and support from his family, and Ahmet born to an eastern and conservative family whose quest for honesty and liberty results in a tragic end. ZENNE Dancer is inspired by true stories.
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Zavallilar / The Poor (1975) Yilmaz Güney, Atif Yilmaz, Yildirim Önal, Güven Sengil, Drama

Zavallilar (1975)
The Poor Ones tells the semi-melodramatic story of three poor friends who met in prison where have been sent to on various offenses. These three friends do not want to get out when they are released. What are Abuzer, Haci and Arap going to do when they will be out? They have no one, no jobs… Apart from Haci and Arap, everything will be the same for Abuzer, who doesn’t know where to go. He will still be alone, starving on the streets of the big city.
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Endise / Anxiety (1974) Serif Gören, Yilmaz Güney, Erkan Yücel, Kamran Usluer, Adem Tolay, Drama

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This is the story of Cevher and his family, who all work in cotton fields in late seventies in Turkey. Cevher has to pay blood money to save his life. He even considers getting his daughter married to a rich and old guy. And on the cotton fields, they have to compete with machines, which are preferred to human workers. Eventually, workers unite and go on strike.
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Demir Yumruk: Devler geliyor / Iron Fist: The Giants Are Coming (1970) Tunç Basaran, Enver Özer, Feri Cansel, Süleyman Turan, Adventure, Fantasy

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A stash of uranium is hidden away with the only clue being a dagger that has a map to the location engraved on it. The diabolical wheelchaired transvestite super villain Fu Mancu is after it, and not only wants to beat the cops, but also has competition, Cold War Style, from Russian villain Zagof. Fortunately, the Turkish police can count on Super-Bat-Man …
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Kuzu / The Lamb (2014) Kutlug Ataman, Erdal Yildiz, Taner Birsel, Sila Lara Cantürk, Drama, Family

Kuzu AKA The Lamb (2014)
A village in the highlands of eastern Anatolia. As is required by age-old tradition, families here celebrate circumcision with a feast. Little Mert is to undergo the procedure but his father ?smail has no money to pay for the feast. His mother Medine ekes out a meagre living collecting willow rods. Nobody is willing to give them the lamb that must be served to their guests. Mert’s sister terrifies her brother by explaining that, should their father fail to find a lamb, he will have to slaughter his own son…
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The Third Page / Üçüncü Sayfa (1999) Zeki Demirkubuz, Basak Köklükaya, Ruhi Sari, Erol Babaoglu, Drama

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Isa is beaten up after being accused of stealing $50. When his landlord demands the back rent, Isa gets angry and shoots him. The police round up the tenants, but are not suspicious of him. Back in his room, Isa collapses and is helped by his pretty neighbor Meryem, who also pays the $50 when the thugs return. Isa promises to do anything for her, and tells her about his job as a TV extra. Meryem’s husband has left her with her two young children, while he is away working. When her husband returns and beats Meryem up, she asks Isa to kill him.
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