2009 Annual Turkish Film Festival on Nov. 14th and 15th

The 2009 Annual Turkish Film Festival will take place on the weekend of November 14th and 15th.  All films will be screened in Turkish with English subtitles and all film screenings are free and open to the public.  The festival is sponsored by the Madison Association of Turkish Students and the UW Middle East Studies Program.

Saturday, November 14th
1pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Kara Kopekler HavlarkenBlack Dogs Barking
Directed by Mehmet Bahadir Er and Maryna Gorbach

Restless and young, best buddies Selim and Caca struggle to get by while living on the outskirts of Istanbul. By day, they raise pigeons on their roof. By night, they roam the city streets with their entourage. Selim dreams of marrying his girlfriend and owning his own business with Caca–if only he can keep the unpredictable Caca under control. They are searching for their big break, and figure that their relationship with the local mafia boss will help them open up their own parking-lot business near a high-end shopping mall. But tensions mount when the mall’s security contractor discovers their plans, and the cops start focusing on them in order to gather evidence against the mafia.

Saturday, November 14th
3pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Uc Maymun – Three Monkeys
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceyhan

Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Three Monkeys tells a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur, Eyüp, to take the rap. The film focuses on the effect the deal has on Eyüp’s wife and teenage son.

Sunday, November 15th
1pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Kiz kardesim, Mommo – The Boogeyman
Directed by Atalay Tasdiken

Inspired by real-life events, the film tells the story of nine-year-old Ali and his younger sister Ayse who are left in the care of their grandfather after their father’s new wife refuses to take them in.

Sunday, November 15th
3pm at the Memorial Union Play Circle
Sonbahar – Autumn
Directed by Ozcan Alper

Released from prison after 10 years for anti-government activities as a student in the 1990s, Yusuf returns to his sickly mother in a mountainous village near the Black Sea. He only sees his childhood friend Mikail. As autumn slowly gives way to winter, Yusuf and Mikail go to a tavern where Yusuf meets Eka, a beautiful Georgian prostitute. Love becomes a final desperate attempt to grasp life and elude solitude. Beyond the personal tragedy of a man who has nothing to look forward to, there lurks the bitter deception of a shattered socialist dream.