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VTFF Womens' Showcase: A Dream School in the Steppes

Program Running Time 55 min.

Dec 07 05:30 pm

Films in Program

(Tepicik Hayal Okulu)
Directed By: Güliz Sağlam
(Turkey, 2014, 55 mins, Blu-ray Disc)

The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.

VTFF: There Where Atilla Passes

Program Running Time 89 min.

Dec 05 07:30 pm

Films in Program

(Là Ou Atilla Passe..)
Directed By: Onur Karaman
(Canada, 2015, 89 mins, DCP)

VTFF: Spirit of Dust

Program Running Time 94 min.

Dec 05 02:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Nesimi Yetik
(Turkey, 2014, 94 mins)

VTFF Encore screening: Not So Far Away

Program Running Time 101 min.

Dec 07 03:00 pm

Films in Program

(Uzaklarda Arama)
Directed By: Türkân Şoray
(Turkey, 2015, 101 mins, DCP)

Repeat screening of our opening Gala attraction. Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big-city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious and ever so hilarious ladies of the night settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. Inspired by true events, we bear witness to a charming tale filled with tears and laughter; all unraveling through the eyes of young, light-hearted Yusuf, a shining star in this world of adults, all the while signifying the virtue of tolerance.

VTFF: Snow Pirates

Program Running Time 83 min.

Dec 06 09:20 pm

Films in Program

(Kar Korsanları)
Directed By: Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu
(Turkey, 2015, 83 mins, DCP)

Set against an idyllic winterscape in the remote Turkish province of Kars, Snow Pirates is latecomer Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu’s debut feature that tells the story of three dreamers – Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, who stick together scouring the bleak and freezing countryside for coal. It is

more the political climate however, in the wake of the 1980 Turkish military coup, that is responsible for the impending sense of gloom. In a time forbidden to dream, the exuberant trio continue their tireless search in the pursuit of happiness.

8 Seconds

Program Running Time 121 min.

Dec 06 07:00 pm

Films in Program

(8 Saniye)
Directed By: Omer Faruk Sorak
(Turkey, 2015, 121 mins, DCP)

irector Ömer Faruk Sorak, the mastermind behind the Turkish mainstream, fires on all cylinders with 8 Seconds – his most ambitious(and risqué) cinematic undertaking to date, drawing his inspiration (and screenplay) from its real-life protagonist, Esra Inal. Based on true events, the film chronicles her life – a free-spirited Turkish-German woman, constantly at grips with her conservative surroundings. Choosing escape over conformity, we bear witness to her dualistic nature as she starts having precognitive visions of a sage, (played by renowned writer/spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz) ultimately serving as a catalyst to her visceral metamorphosis.

VTFF Women's Showcase II: Until I Lose My Breath (+ panel discussion)

Program Running Time 94 min.

Dec 06 04:45 pm

Films in Program

(Nefesim Kesilene Kadar)
Directed By: Emine Emel Balcı
(Turkey, Germany, 2015, 94 mins, DCP)

Commnity Partner: WIFTV

Channeling the Dardenne brothers and reminiscent of their 1999 Palme d’Or winner Rosetta, documentarist turned feature filmmaker Emel Emine Balcı delves deep into blue collar Istanbul, in which Serap, a harried textile runner, struggles to get the attention of her estranged


Followed by a panel discussion.

VTFF: Remake Remix Ripoff

Program Running Time 96 min.

Dec 06 02:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Cem Kaya
(Turkey, Germany, 2014, 96 mins, DCP)

This feature-length documentary by filmbuff turned filmmaker Cem Kaya, that chronicles the zeitgeist of the most prolific (and bizarre!) era of Yesilcam (or Turkish Hollywood, for the lack of a better phrase), that ‘sweet-spot’ in the 70s when Turkishfilmmakers had to resort to mind-boggling tactics to satisfy the endless demands of the domestic movie-going audience. Miniscule budgets and tight schedules meant the filmmakers of the time had to devise a formula that worked every time – remaking, remixing and ripping off universally acclaimed films like Superman, E.T., The Exorcist, Rambo, James Bond and of course Star Wars, all a la Turca, of course!

VTFF: Frenzy

Program Running Time 117 min.

Dec 05 09:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Emin Alper
(Turkey, 2015, 117 mins, DCP)

A true master of allegories, filmmaker Emin Alper made his debut onto the world stage with 2012 Berlinale stunner Beyond the Hill, for which he won the esteemed Caligari Film Prize.

In his second feature Abluka, Alper tells the story of Kadir, a stoic ex-con released on parole for the purposes of acting as an informant to the powers that be. Awarded with the esteemed Special Jury Prize at this years Venice Film Festival, Alper’s Abluka is a starkly photographed, masterfully crafted film that delves deep into dystopia.

VTFF Women's Showcase: Ich Liebe Dich

Program Running Time 74 min.

Dec 05 05:45 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Emine Emel Balcı
(Turkey, Germany, 2012, 74 mins)

Community Partners: DOXA & WIFTV

For decades the men of southeastern Turkey have been emigrating to Germany in search of better opportunity, leaving their wives and children behind. Only after they solidify their financial foundations abroad can the remaining members of their family join them. “Ich Liebe Dich” is a heart felt documentary which closely follows women in Hacilar, a small town in Southeastarn Turkey, as they gather everyday to take German lessons to ultimately prove their language proficiency to the German government in the hopes of joining their husbands.