October 7, 2016, 7:00pm
Turkish Film Festival: Istanbul Unveiled
Location: Penn Museum 3260 South St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

Turkish cinema is a rich and flourishing aspect of contemporary Turkish culture. In honor of the Museum’s special exhibition The Golden Age of King Midas, featuring treasures from the Republic of Turkey, the Museum offers this festival of Turkish films September 30 through October 9, co-sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the U.S. (TAFSUS).

*Admission: $10 per film.

(1) Istanbul Unveiled / September 30 @ 7 pm

Explore Istanbul in this 2013 travel documentary film produced in English. Scriptwriter Şerif Yenen co-produced the film with Saadet Özen and co-directed it with Levent Ayasli.

(2) The Swaying Waterlily / October 1 @ 3 pm

Handan (39) and Korhan (40) are a well-off married couple. They live in a fancy Istanbul neighborhood, have many friends, and a 10-year old daughter. Life is good—or perhaps not? The family has forgotten how to communicate, how to be close, even to show the slightest interest in one another. Handan wants to escape this emptiness and dreams of personal fulfillment with a café of her own or as a writer. Seren Yüce directs this 2015 drama. Discussion follows.

(3) Bliss (Mutluluk) / October 7 @ 7 pm

A professor (Talat Bulut) crosses paths with a young man (Murat Han) and the teenager (Özgü Namal) he was supposed to dispatch in an honor killing, in this 2007 drama directed by Abdullah Oğuz.

(4) The Butterfly's Dream / October 8 @ 3 pm

Set in Turkey in the early 1940s, this drama revolves around two male friends, Rustu Onur and Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu. Members of the Garip poets movement, they make a living out of publishing their poems while World War II is in full swing across the world. Life changes as the social class system and religious barriers jeopardize their love lives, their friendship, and their profession, in this 2013 film directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan.

(5) Motherland / October 9 @ 3 pm

This 2015 drama by Turkish director Senem Tüzen focuses on a divorced, urban woman who goes to her ancestral village in Anatolia to write a book and is confronted by the unwelcomed arrival of her mother. Discussion follows.

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