Previously at the ICA - Films
26 Aug 2011 – 1 Sep 2011
"A sophisticated study of changing Turkish values and the making of a new name in world cinema" Guardian
A rare chance to see the first film in Kaplanoglu's Yusuf trilogy, which plays in reverse chronology, starting with Yusuf as a middle aged man and eventually concluding with his most recent film Bal (shown last month) sees middle-aged Yusuf, a poet, forced to return to his childhood home by his mother's death.
Informed of his mother's dying wish to perform a ritual sheep sacrifice, Yusuf sets out on a journey to the tomb of a saint accompanied by young relative, Ayla. Arriving late in the evening, the pair are forced to wait until dawn to complete their task. Checking into a labyrinthine hotel, the pair split up to explore eventually meeting up again later that evening in the middle of a wedding feast. The pair, shorn from their everyday realities find themselves united through their parallel discomfort and alienation as the wedding spins around them.
The stark contrast between the promise of regeneration and life in the wedding banquet, and their own sombre mission reflects their own internal struggles to find a place for themselves in a changing world. As much through acknowledgement of their mutual discomfort, as any great personal revelation, a fragile bond is formed between the pair. Preparing for their task the following day they acknowledge that somehow their lives have changed and the future will not be what either had planned for. A film about ghosts, guilt and redemption, this mysterious, tender loose film is a revelation as it explores how the spiritual intersects with the everyday to infuse our lives with meaning and a little magic.
Dir. Semih Kaplanoglu, 2007, 97mins, Turkey, Turkish with English subtitles
Cast: Nejat Isler, Saadet Aksoy, Ufuk Bayraktar