17+18+19 October

17 October 2017 10.00 - 18.00, Cinema Hall A

10.00 - 11.45
Director: Lütfi Ö. Akad

Cast: Hülya Koçyiğit, Kerem Yılmazer, Ali Şen, Kahraman Kıral, Nazan Adalı, Kamran Usluer, Aliye Rona
Turkey | 1973 | DCP | Colour | 93’ | Turkish
Migrated from Yozgat, a family’s struggle to survive in Istanbul clashes with Meryem’s effort to save her son’s life, despite the conservative and money-grubber family members. We still have strong reasons to see The Bride. Not only for its recently restored version, but also for thinking humanely the interlacement of capitalist progression and patriarchal traditions, and the relationship between the capital and labour with the layered metaphor of sacrifice. The experience Akad offers is bitter. Yet it leaves a door ajar: “Any jobs available at the factory?”

12.00 - 13.30

Director: Lütfi Ö. Akad
Cast: Hülya Koçyiğit, Ahmet Mekin, Kamran Usluer, Erol Günaydın, Turgut Boralı
Turkey | 1973 | DCP | Colour | 84’ | Turkish
”This wedding is a different wedding!” says Zeliha, the heroine of the second part of Migration Trilogy. She is the one who opposes the commodification of female body, therefore divides and disturbs the story of her family counting on bride price for survival. Resistance begins with the woman. Even a stab wound cannot shadow Zeliha’s hope, the hope for women. Akad reckons with a persisting Turkish custom in 1970’s. The Wedding is about a wedding without the groom.

13.45 - 15.15

Director: Lütfi Ö. Akad
Cast: Hülya Koçyiğit, Hakan Balamir, Erol Günaydın, Erol Tas¸
Turkey | 1975 | DCP | Colour | 90’ | Turkish
A workplace accident determines the disjunctive sides of a married couple, Hacer and Hasan, who work at the same factory. While Hacer decides to be a member of trade union, Hasan surrenders himself to status quo due to the fear of unemployment. Problematizing workers' rights and movement, Blood Money stares deeply into our eyes when asking both "do many hands make light work" and "who's guilty". Akad reminds us the fact that it is still difficult to answer such questions. Nobody is entirely right, everybody pays their blood money.

15.30 - 17.15
BIRDS OF EXILE Gurbet Kuşları

Director: Halit Refiğ
Cast: Tanju Gürsu, Filiz Akın, Özden Çelik, Pervin Par, Cüneyt Arkın, Sevda Ferdag˘
Turkey | 1964 | DCP | Black&White | 102’ | Turkish
In a black and white Istanbul landscape, Halit Refiğ discusses the dialectic of rural and urban with regards to the fragmentation of a family migrated from Kahramanmaras¸. We are situated in a place where values assumed to be anchored and conserved vanish into seductive lights, a cruel flow. In spite of the dense atmosphere, we follow audacious characters. As one of the first films on migration in Turkish Cinema, Birds of Exile is the experience of turns and returns. Hence, a story of modernity.

18 October 2017 10.00 - 18.00, Cinema Hall A

10.00 - 11.45
Director: Lütfi Ö. Akad
Cast: Türkân Şoray, Izzet Günay, Ayfer Feray
Turkey | 1968 | DCP | Black&White | 88’ | Turkish
My Prostitute Love is on accepting each other’s flaws. But it is not an easy task for suburban greengrocer Halil and “urban” b-girl Sabiha. Akad plainly materializes the piercing thoughts which we are not brave enough to articulate when we fall in love. We too are not sure, we too don’t want to believe, we too can’t stand confusions, we too are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet fortunately, we had a chance to encounter with My Prostitute Love, the unique, perpetually learnt by heart.

12.00 - 13.30

Director: Memduh Ün
Cast: Muhterem Nur, Fikret Hakan, Semih Sezerli, Salih Tozanlı
Turkey | 1958 | DCP | Black&White | 87’ | Turkish
Gül is blind, until she meets three poverty-stricken friends. Surrounded by a distorted reality Gül finds herself in a deceptive love, however she is the very reality of three friends. To Gül, eye surgery is a fresh start, for three friends it is a bitter end. Filmed by Memduh Ün, the simple yet striking suggestion of this devoted class struggle refuses vision-centric approaches: Before our worldly eyes, we should see through our hearts.

14.00 - 15.30

Director: Metin Erksan
Cast: Fikret Hakan, Nurhan Nur, Aliye Rona
Turkey | 1962 | DCP | Black&White | 106’ | Turkish
Adapted from Fakir Baykurt's critically stark novel, Revenge of the Snakes invites us to share a conflict, the land as life and labour versus the land divided into parcels, evoking merely ownership and property. Though at first sight, the problem seems to concern two families, thanks to Metin Erksan’s social realist touch, it gains different dimensions and pertains to the mechanisms of power in a more broad sense. There are so many afterimages of this film, the snakebite is still alive and it hurts.

16.00 - 18.00
This collection enables us to perform one of the most significant aspects of cinema: witnessing the past. From Late Ottoman Empire to Early Republican Turkey, from the travels of prominent historical figures to political discourses. Such an encounter creates epistemological problems, interrogates the historical truth, yes. However, we cannot neglect the other side of the coin. In a certain period of time, they all “existed” in an ontological sense. It is a strange, ephemeral as well as eternal rendezvous.
- Atatürk's Visit to Diyarbakır Atatürk’ün Diyarbakır Seyahati, 1937 | DCP | 3’
- The Visit of the Shah of Iran to Turkey Iran Şahının Türkiye Ziyareti, 1934 | DCP | 31’
- Mass Meeting in Sultanahmet Sultanahmet Mitingi, 1919 | DCP | 14’
- Sultan Vahdettin's Fealty Sultan Vahdettin’in Biat Merasimi, 1918 | DCP | 3’46’’
- Ghazi Mustafa Kemal Pasha's Visit to Konya Gazi Mustafa Kemal Paşa’nın Konya Seyahati, 1930 | DCP | 4’
- The Arrival of German Empire to Dersaadet Alman İmparatoru’nun Dersaadete Gelişi, 1917 | DCP | 17’

19 October 2017 13.00 - 14.00, Cinema Hall A

13.00 - 14.00
MAGIC LANTERN: CINEMA IN GAZIANTEP Büyülü Fener: Gaziantep’te Sinema
Director: Ali Sait Liman
Turkey | 2013 | DVD | Black&White, Colour | 58’ | Turkish