Tuesday
Jun252019

 

"A Unique Life (Nadide Hayat)"

The latest film from Çağan Irmak, one of Turkey’s most beloved and popular filmmakers, Nadide Hayat (A Unique Life) tells the comedic story of Nadide, who is searching for happiness after the death of her husband.  Now over 50, Nadide once chose marriage over college and a career, and struggles to keep her family together. After reading an article in the paper, Nadide enrolls in college and finds herself on a journey setting sail for a new start at life with a group of young and mysterious captains. Join Nadide as she jumps into the deep!

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 117 minutes, 2015

Director: Çağan Irmak 

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 5:30pm

 

 

"Nausea (Bulantı)"

The latest installment from famed director Zeki Demirkubuz tells the story of Ahmet, a prominent intellectual, who loses his wife and daughter in a traffic accident which happens while he was spending the night with his lover. As a person who cares about nothing and bows to nothing, Ahmet is not much affected by this tragic event and goes on with his life. After a while, without any apparent reason, he experiences certain changes in himself and his life. Small mishaps, strange misfortunes happen one after another. He is not on good terms with the woman he loves very much anymore. He has difficulties facing life and reveals unexpected weaknesses.

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 116 minutes, 2015

Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz

Friday, April 1, 2016, 5:30pm

 

"Remake, Remix, Rip-Off (Motör)"

2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Documentary Feature Film Nominee, 2015 Hawaii International Film Festival Halekulani Golden Orchid Award Nominee

Showing for the first time in New York, Cem Kaya's vibrant documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off offers an entertaining essay on Turkish popular cinema through the years and the role of "copy culture" in Yeşilçam, the Turkish film industry. Through abundant film excerpts and interviews with actors and filmmakers, this documentary revisits the wild heyday of Turkish cinema in the sixties and seventies, back when Yeşilçam was producing hundreds of titles annually. Name any Western hit film, there's a Turkish version to it, be it Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Wars. If Luke Skywalker hits one time, Turkish action hero Cüneyt Arkın hits a hundred times and we know, he means it!

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 96 minutes, 2014

Directed by Cem Kaya

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:30pm

 

“Sivas”

Turkish Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Academy Awards, 2014 Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize and Best Actor Award, 2014 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Youth Feature Film Award, 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival Child Protection Award

Showing for the first time in New York, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film Festival, Sivas tells the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. Aslan contends for love of Ayse, the "princess" of the village, and Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another. However, as Sivas’s success attracts more attention by the village head, the roles change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crash course into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014

Directed by Kaan Müjdeci

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 3:30pm

 

"Ivy (Sarmaşık)"

2015 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Actor Awards, 2015 East End Film Festival Best Film Award, 2015 Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize Nominee

An agency boat takes on three new crew members to a bulk carrier named MV Sarmaşık (IVY). The ship is aimed to sail to her loading port in Egypt, but as she is sailing down south the ship owner goes bankrupt. When the ship reaches the Egyptian port, the captain and everyone else on board learns that there is a lien on the ship and they are not allowed to get on land nor call the port. Due to sea safety regulations, a skeleton crew remains. IVY is the story of these six remaining men on the ship for a hundred and twenty days. During this period, these men suffer hunger and thirst, face isolation, and day by day paranoia grows amongst them. They argue, divide into groups, and transition from wanting to align with the captain to forming an opposition against him... and the ship turns into a hunting ground.

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014

Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:30pm

 

"Lemonade (Limonata)": 

2015 Istanbul International Film Festival Best Turkish Film Of The Year Nominee

On his deathbed, Suat, an old truck driver in Macedonia, requests that his son, Sakip, find his second son, Selim, who he abandoned as a baby.  Sakip, upon learning he has a brother, sets off from Macedonia to Istanbul, knowing only his brother's name and an old address. The two brothers fail to hit it off from the first moment on. Sakip tells about their father’s last wish, but Selim refuses to travel to Macedonia. However, Sakip is determined to take him to their father before he passes. Seeing that he cannot convince Selim, one night Sakip kidnaps a drunken Selim, takes him in his car and they hit the road on a hilarious and heart-warming adventure.

 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 101 minutes, 2015 

Directed by Ali Atay

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:30pm

 

"Mustang"

French Entry for Best Foreign Language Film in the 2016 Academy Awards, 2015 Cannes Film Festival Europa Cinemas Label Award, 2015 Chicago International Film Festival Audience Choice Award, 2016 Glasgow Film Festival Audience Award

Deniz Gamze Ergüven's debut feature, Mustang, tells the story of five free-spirited teenaged sisters. Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey, the sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in this powerful portrait of female empowerment. 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 94 minutes, 2015

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00pm

 

"Snow Pirates (Kar Korsanları)"

World Premiere at 65th Berlin International Film Festival, 2015 Singapore International Film Festival Best Performance Award, 2015 MUFF Malatya International Film Festival Best Film Award

It is 1981: Turkey is at the dawn of one of its most atrocious coup d’etats and its hardest winters. In Kars, the people’s need for coal is as acute as their need for freedom. That winter, coal’s value equals almost the same as diamonds. Three children, Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, whose treasury is made up only of their sleds and dreams, are about to start a journey in pursuit of coal. In their search the heroes find intelligence and strength within their struggle. An innocent adventure for resources, situated under the shadow of the coup d’état, will turn into a landmark journey where they come face-to-face with the realities and responsibilities that coming-of-age brings.

Turkish with English Subtitles, 90 minutes, 2015

Directed by Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:30pm