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Turkish Film Week returns to London 12-16th December

A rich panorama of new and recent feature film successes from Turkey will be unveiled on the Strand with seven special screenings bringing box-office hits, festival award-winners and "Oscar" candidates from Wednesday 12th December until Sunday 16th December, as an appetiser for a larger film event in 2019.
Turkish Film Week opens with the British premiere of PLANE TREE, selected at Antalya and screened during the Berlinale, a family drama set in a remote village in Kars in the present but where an incident reveals a tragic accident reminiscent of ancient drama. The striking colour photography of snow-swept landscapes and deft performances of the cast produce a powerful conclusion.
The director MUSTAFA KARADENIZ will participate in the Q and A following the premiere on Wednesday 12th December 7 pm (99 minutes). Set in a not too distant future GRAIN is inspired by a chapter from the Qu’ran. A post-apocalyptic ecological drama, it follows the journey of a professor to find a cure for a seed crisis. Filmed in Detroit and Germany as well as Turkey, it was named Best Film at the Tokyo Festival. Director Semih Kaplanoglu's previous film Honey won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale. The main role is taken by the French-American star JEAN-MARC BARR who will attend the Q and A on Thursday 13th December 7pm (130 minutes)
A contemporary story of two very different girls HICRAN AND MELEK is an award-winning portrait of a childhood friendship that is revived when the seemingly liberated Melek flees her abusive boyfriend and job in an Istanbul dance-hall and returns to the small town where Hicran is still living with her imam father.
Director Esra Vesu Ozcelik will attend the Q and A on Friday 14th December 7pm (117 minutes)
As his latest film is now on release with favourable reviews, there is an opportunity to see on the big screen Nuri Bilge Ceylan's beguiling Golden Palm-winner from Cannes WINTER SLEEP. Inspired by Chekhov, it follows the tribulations of a retired actor and his much younger wife in the rural Anatolian hotel he has inherited. On Saturday 15th December 2.30pm (196 minutes). Gizem Erdem won the Best Actress award at the Adana Festival for her role as the Istanbul architect in DREAM, where her latest commission reflects the myth of the Seven Sleepers and a sleep-disorder clinic seems to propel her into multiple lives.
Famagusta-born director Dervis Zaim graduated from Warwick University and his films have won many international awards. Friday 15th December 7pm (106 minutes). Winner of over 20 international awards, from Tokyo to Haifa and Bali and Golden Tulip for Best Director, Actor, Cinematography and Editor at the Istanbul Festival COLD OF KALANDAR portrays the passionate lives of a family in a remote mountain village.
It was Turkey's candidate for the Foreign-Language Award at the "Oscars". Sunday 16th December 2.30pm (134 minutes). Based on a true story the closing film was also a Turkish entry for the "Oscars"- AYLA: THE DAUGHTER OF WAR is set in 1950 during the Korean War where a sergeant from the Turkish brigade finds an abandoned girl under the moon and smuggles her into his base out of harm's way, and in spite of the language barrier they bond until the war ends and she must be placed in an orphanage. Directed by Can Ulkay, with an appearance by the American actor Eric Roberts. Sunday 16th December 7pm (124 minutes).
All the films will be screened with English sub-titles. The discussions will be moderated by critic and broadcaster Phillip Bergson. Please find the programme and registration links below: 12th December at 7pm Planetree by Mustafa Karadeniz 13th December at 7pm Grain by Semih Kaplanoğlu 14th December at 7pm Hicran and Melek by Esra Vesu Özçelik 15th December at 2:30pm Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan 15th December at 7pm Dream by Derviş Zaim 16th December 2:30pm Cold of Kalandar by Mustafa Kara 16th December 7pm Ayla by Can Ulkay


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