|Turkish Film Festival in Chicago
Between April 17
and May 2 the Film Center will feature five very
different works, all multiple prize-winners, from the new
Turkish cinema which is in the midst of an exciting
The Film Center is located in the theater of The School
of the Art Institute of Chicago at the corner of Columbus
Drive and Jackson Boulevard. Ticket prices are $7 for
general admission and $3 for Film Center members. For
more information, call 312/443-3733 or 312/443-3737
In 1996, domestic production received a big boost with
THE BANDIT, directed by Yavuz Turgul, which attracted
over two million viewers in just six months. A compelling
tale of old codes of chivalry meeting new treachery in
modern-day Istanbul, THE BANDIT contains the right blend
of cinematic magic and elemental narrative to make it
The most recent work of veteran director Omer Kavur, a
three-time winner of Best Turkish Film of the Year, is
JOURNEY ON THE HOUR HAND (1997), an existential mystery
rich with poignant imagery and simmering menace, in which
an itinerant clock mender meets the love of his life--or
perhaps of his death.
CHOLERA STREET, the local box office champion of 1997-98,
directed by Mustafa Altioklar, provides over-the-top
entertainment worthy of its feverish title. In a seedy
but colorful area of Istanbul a barber's courageous son
seeks to prove his love for a beautiful prostitute and to
protect his neighborhood from an invading gangster and
his posse of punks.
Dervis Zaim's unflinching debut SOMERSAULT IN A
COFFIN(1996) mixes hard-edged drama with black humor to
depicts a side of life in Turkey that filmgoers rarely
see. Incorrigible thief Mahsun haunts the Rumelihisar
area of Istanbul, sponging off fishermen and cafe owners
and getting the worst of his encounters with the police.
Set in Izmir, INNOCENCE (1997), written and directed by
Zeki Demirkubuz, also focuses on the pressures besetting
Turkey's underclass. Released from prison after serving a
10-year sentence, ex-con Yusuf tries to survive in a
society where social turbulence, an economic crisis, and
an unstable political situation have created a
The series is presented in Chicago with the assistance of
the Cinema Committee of the Turkish American Cultural
Alliance and the Consulate General of Turkey.
1997, Mustafa Altioklar, Turkey, 118 min.
With Okan Bayülgen, Müjde Ar
Saturday, April 17 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m.
JOURNEY ON THE HOUR HAND
1997, Omer Kavur, Turkey, 120 min.
With Mehmet Aslantug, Sahika Tekand
Sunday, April 18 at 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.
1996, Yavuz Turgul, Turkey, 121 min.
With Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Sen
Saturday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 at 2:00 p.m.
SOMERSAULT IN A COFFIN
Saturday, May 1 at 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 2 at 4:00 p.m.