STFF 2012

The 2012 Seattle Turkish Film Festival delighted Seattle moviegoers with five contemporary feature films by some of Turkey’s most respected directors.


My Grandfather’s People (2011) by the internationally celebrated director Çağan Irmak kicked off the festival with a screening at the opening night gala. The director traveled to Seattle for a Q&A with the audience.


The festival also featured Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011) by the two-time Cannes recipient Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Merry-Go-Round (2011) by Ilksen Başarır, Love Likes Coincidences (2011) by Ömer Faruk Sorak, and last but not least Summer Book (2008) by Seyfi Teoman.


Director:  Çağan Irmak

Screenwriter:  Çağan Irmak

Stars:  Çetin Tekindor, Yiğit Özşener, Gökçe Bahadır

Genre:  Comedy, Drama, Family


My Grandfather's People describes the spectacular transformation of a family and their country through the eyes of a ten-year old child and his grandfather living in a small town. This story about the people in the crowded and warm Aegean, you will once again experience the population exchange, what it means to be the other, the ability to belong anywhere no matter where you go, insurrections, numerous minorities, and both side.

Director:  Ömer Faruk Sorak

Screenwriter:  Nuran Evren Sit

Stars:  Mehmet Günsür, Belçim Bilgin, Altan Erkekli

Genre:  Drama, Romance


Year 1977, a September morning in Ankara… Yılmaz tries to rush his pregnant wife Neriman to the hospital and he crushes into Ömer's car. This accident causes Ömer's pregnant wife İnci, who was in the back seat, to have a pre-term labor. The babies are born on the same day. They see each other for the first time.


This accident is the threshold of the coincidences that bring Özgür and Deniz together.

Director:  Seyfi Teoman
Screenwriter:  Seyfi Teoman
Stars:  Taner Birsel, Tayfun Günay, Harun Özüağ
Genre:  Drama
Mustafa is a hard-working and ambitious agricultural merchant who is cold and austere towards his family.One day he has a brain hemorrhage on a business trip and goes into a coma after the operation...

Director:  Nuri Bilgen Ceylan

Screenwriter:  Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Stars:  Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, Taner Birsel

Genre: Crime, Drama


Through the night, three cars carry a small group of men police officers, a doctor, a prosecutor, grave diggers, gendarmerie forces, and two brothers, homicide suspects around in the rural surroundings of the Anatolian town Keskin, in search of a buried body. 

Director:  İlksen Başarır

Screenwriter:  İlksen Başarır

Stars:  Mert Fırat, Nergis Öztürk, Zeynep Oral

Genre:  Drama


Erdem, Sevil and their children Edip and Sevgi live in a small town. Their lives start to change when they have to move to Istanbul because Sevil’s mother has had a stroke.

Festival Schedule

Friday, November 2nd

6:30pm – Opening Reception* – Gordon Biersch Brewery at Pacific Place

8:30pm – Opening Film* – Dedemin İnsanları (My Grandfather's People) – AMC Pacific Place 11


Saturday, November 3rd

3:30pm – Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever (Love Loves Coincidences) – SIFF Film Center

6:00pm – Tatil Kitabı (Summer Book) – SIFF Film Center

8:30pm – Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia) – SIFF Film Center


Sunday, November 4th

3:30pm – Aşk Tesadüfleri Sever (Love Loves Coincidences) – SIFF Film Center

6:30pm – Atlıkarınca (Merry-Go-Round) – SIFF Film Center


*Director Çağan Irmak attended the Opening night event and Q&A after the film screening.

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