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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An old mafia leader tries to quit his old bloody past after getting out of jail but his rivals don’t let him to realize his plan. Asim Mavzer, acted by Yilmaz Guney has to take the revenge of his daughter. A crime movie in old Yesilcam style which looks like a Western.
“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.
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.
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.
Umutsuzlar / The Hopeless Ones (1971) Yilmaz Güney, Filiz Akin, Refik Kemal Arduman, Crime, Drama, Romance
F?rat, his mother and his younger sister grew up in poverty while his father died in prison. He supported the family by selling sesame rolls on the street. Later he founded a gang with his friends and became famous as the feared leader and gunman of a Mafia group.
Coban and his four comrades are smugglers who live in the bleak, inaccesable mountains. They are hard, pitiless men like the county they live in, whose daily commerce is in greed, danger, betrayal and murder.
Aç kurtlar / The Hungry Wolves (1969) Yilmaz Güney, Sevgi Can, Hayati Hamzaoglu, Adventure, Drama, Western
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.
Seyyit Han / Bride of the Earth (1968) Yilmaz Güney, Nebahat Çehre, Hayati Hamzaoglu, Drama, Western
Seyyit Han is a man with many foes. One day he falls in love with Mürsit’s sister, Keje. Mürsit is fine with them marrying, only on one condition: Seyyit Han has to get rid of his enemies to offer a decent life for Keje. Having set on a journey to do so, one day he victoriously returns to his hometown: the day Keje is marrying another man.