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Muzaffer Ozdemir (2011)

76min
12A Certificate
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Muzaffer Ozdemir's feature debut as writer/directer reflects on the progress of modernisation in Turkey. Kanbolat Gorkem Arslan plays an Istanbul architect in a mid-life crisis who returns to the rural area where he grew up. He brings his stills camera to record the passage of time in the Gumushane region near the Black Sea coast, where myriad mountain streams have been sold off to hydroelectric companies. Ozdemir, who is better known for acting in the early films of his countryman Nuri Bilge Ceylan, extracts little dramatic impetus from the situation. The story is too vague and episodic, though it is told with sincerity and passion. Our protagonist bristles at being questioned by security police in what was once his home village, and disagrees with his brother-in-law who reckons that development is unstoppable. When Ozdemir shows us the disfiguring legacy of open-cast mining on a spectacular mountain range it's easy to see why he made the film, but the low-key plot offers only a limited view of the problem.

Cast & Crew

Dogan Kanbolat Gorkem Arslan
Muzaffer Ozdemir
Muhammet Uzuner
Pinar Unsal
Saygin Soysal
Ismail Ergun
Ilhami Sibil
Halil Kilic
Kerim Olgun
Director Muzaffer Ozdemir
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Other Information

Language: Turkish +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Verve Pictures Guidance: Swearing. Released on: 5 Apr 2013

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