The 2nd Annual Seattle Turkish Film Festival returned November 20 - November 23, 2014 with the best in contemporary cinema from all over the Turkish-speaking world. The festival featured 10 films as well as its first Short Film Competition Session.
Films of note included Whisper, If I Forget by director Çağan Irmak, a story about a young girl who runs away to Istanbul to become a pop star and returns later in life to face those she left behind, as well as Nobody’s Home by Deniz Akçay about a family torn apart by the death of their patriarch.
Director: Çağan Irmak
Screenwriter: Çağan Irmak
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
An old pop singer who has Alzheimer's returns to her old house where she remembers her old days of climbing the stairs of fame and fortune while trying to deal with her older sister who holds her responsible for her ruined life.
Director: Çagan Irmak
Screenwriter: Çagan Irmak
Stars: Aras Bulut İynemli, Deniz Celiloğlu, Aslı Enver
The key to the puzzle of forlorn sculpture Tammuz's life and reality of his dreams lies within Ihsan who is a young boy with tetra-amelia syndrome.
Director: Can Candan
Screenwriter: Can Candan
Stars: Ali Atay, Tansu Biçer, Cengiz Bozkurt
Genre: Documentary, Family
What happens when your child comes out to you? In this feature documentary, parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals in Turkey intimately share their experiences with the viewer, as they redefine what it means to be parents, family, and activists in this conservative, homophobic, and trans-phobic society.
Director: Ezel Akay
Screenwriter: Gürsel Korat
Stars: Nurgül Yesilçay, Gülse Birsel, Haluk Bilginer
Remake of a well-known Turkish musical comedy loved by generations, the film is about the adventures of flirtatious Hurmuz in late 1800's Istanbul. Hurmuz who lives in Taskasap, Istanbul has six husbands in a plot to solve her economic problems. She arranges to meet each of her husbands one day of the week. However, suddenly, she falls in love with the town's doctor whom she meets at her husband's barber shop. The doctor falls in love with her too... But, one night all six husbands come home at the same time, and Hurmuz and Safinaz - Hurmuz's "go-between/accomplice/friend" - find themselves in a series of very awkward yet funny situations.
Director: Maryna Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadır Er (co-director)
Screenwriter: Maryna GorbachÖ Mehmet Bahadır Er (co-writer)
Stars: Ushan Çakır, Viktoria Spesivtseva, Güven Kıraç
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Sprinkled with hilarious notes of cultural clashes and an endearing display of the kindness of strangers, this idiosyncratic 'comedy drama' will warm hearts in the most unexpected way.
Director: Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun
Screenwriter: Mahmut Fazil Cosku, Tarık Tufan
Stars: Ercan Kesal, Ayça Damgacı, Tansu Biçer
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
A barber in Yozgat - a very small city in the middle Anatolia - has an emotional breakdown when he runs into Yavuz and Nese who have come to town to sing in a small music hall-bar.
Director: Burak Arlıel
Screenwriter: Deniz Yeşilgün, Gökhan Zincir
Stars: McKinley Anthony, Albert Barbouth, Batur Belirdi
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
The Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Based on the testimonies of witnesses, who traveled to Istanbul to find safety, the Turkish Passport also uses written historical documents and archive footage to tell this story of rescue and bring to light the events of the time.
Thursday, November 20th
6:00pm – Opening Night Gala – Gordon Biersch Brewery at Pacific Place
Friday, November 21st
Saturday, November 22nd
Sunday, November 23rd
Film, Festival, and Gala Logistics
Erol Balevi, Ebru Yildirim, Feral Gokcen, Jülide Ahu Tutar
Community Engagement, Sponsorship, and Budget
John Gokcen, Alparslan Asan
Technology and Multimedia
Tonguç Yazıcı, Boğaç Yenal, Melih Erdoğan, Semih Erdogan
Kerem Ozcan, Bruce Bernese
Banu Erdim, Melis Kurban
Short Film Competition Director