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1

A SEASHELL IN THE STEPPES

 

CREW

Director: Osman Doğan

Writer: Ahmet Uluçay

Producer: Neden Film Yapım – Ahmet Tarık Güven

SYNOPSIS

Yakup is the protagonist of the story that takes place in a steppe village of Anatolia in the early 1960s. Yakup is a village boy who is a shepherd around 15-16 years old and has never left his village. A railroad passes through the steppes where he herds his sheep. Yakup's only connection with the outside world is this part of the railroad where only two trains pass by a day. While Yakup is waiting by the railroad, Izmir Express arrives and breaks down right in front of Yakup. A girl of his age, traveling on the broken train, throws a white handkerchief to Yakup.  He falls in love with this beautiful girl whom he has seen just once in his life and he will never see again. After that, the girl takes place in his dreams of sea with seashells and mystical stories of Wise Man. Experiencing a melancholy that lasts for months, Yakup can’t stand the longing for the girl and goes on a journey by following the railroad. But this journey turns out to be a failure. He realizes that the only way to reach the girl he loves is through his heart.

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2

TO CARNATIONS A SONG

 

CREW

Director: Bekir Bülbül

Writers: Büşra Bülbül – Bekir Bülbül

Producer: Halil Kardaş

SYNOPSIS

Musa, an old and stubborn man, has lost wife in the city where they live as refugees. He wants to bury her body in the land she was born and raised upon his promise to her and he takes the road  with his granddaughter Halime.  Bus and truck drivers don’t want to take these two refugees travelling with a coffin. Because of poverty, they have to keep going on foot. But the coffin can’t withstand being dragged and the road conditions for long and it starts to fracture and break off after a while. In addition to these problems, with the debility of old age and the weakness of his granddaughter, Musa tries to reach the border in difficult weather conditions. Furthermore, the conflicts along the border are still on.

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3

LIKE A LIMBLESS TREE

 

CREW

Director: Tunç Davut

Writer: Tunç Davut

Producers: Tekhne Film Yapım – Tunç Davut - Uğur Uzunok

SYNOPSIS

Terminally ill REFİK(70) gives his Syrian refugee carer, Gülizar(30) money to flee to Greece with her two boys. As he is preparing for the upcoming Eid to announce his diagnosis to his children, Gülizar vanishes, leaving the boys behind with Refik. Refik’s son, İHSAN(45), has been lately visiting him more often. Totally ignorant about Gülizar’s absence, he insists on his father to sign over the family land in the village to start a new business. Refik’s decision to broach the subject with his daughters makes him furious. As Eid approaches Refik’s daughters show up, finding him worried sick by Gülizar’s disappearance. NALAN(35) seems to be attentive about her father’s worries and helps him find her. Their search leads them to Basmane, a refugee district in Izmir. Nalân is afraid of getting into trouble when she sees Refik interacting with shady-looking men. İhsan sees the Syrian boys as a burden and takes them to Gülizar’s neighbour. What he tells Refik is that Gülizar came back to pick up the boys, but has now left for good. Refik knows his son is lying. During a visit to the cemetery on the first day of Eid, Refik’s children see the newly dug grave and for the first time contemplate their father’s death. Long buried disagreements resurface. Refik’s older daughter, AYHAN(43) opposes to transfer the family land into İhsan’s name. The discovery that their sacrificial sheep is pregnant and can’t be slaughtered adds to the taut atmosphere. Refik leaves to find the Syrian boys.

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4

OASIS

 

CREW

Director: Nesimi Yetik

Writers: Nesimi Yetik – Betül Esener Yetik

Producer: Özminimalist Film – Nesimi Yetik

SYNOPSIS

The film is made up of three separate stories titled “Share”, “Skirt” and “Conscience”. The stories transpire during autumn, at the same village, in the same timeframe, and are connected to one another with small links. Three different households in a small village, and lives touching one another... A father and son, a wife and husband, a mother-in-law and daughter-in-law... Humans’ attitude towards being old and young... Humans’ attitude towards dying old and young... A rifle stolen from the gendarmerie station near the village connects these stories together. In “Share”, Eyüp, a 40-something man is aware of the irreversibility of his life he has spent at the village for his father, who now has one foot in the grave. In “Skirt”, Reşit is a man in his sixties, but young at heart. His wife Selvi is a young woman not yet 30. She is sick in bed. Reşit has married Selvi after his wife’s death, so that she would take care of him in the final days of his life. However, Selvi got sick in a short while and now Reşit is taking care of her.  

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5

THREE FRIENDS

 

CREW

Director: Nursen Çetin Köreken

Writer: Nursen Çetin Köreken

Producer: Dramayapım Film – Nursen Çetin Köreken

SYNOPSIS

Mercan (14); is the only child of a mother who cleans as ewing shop at nights and a father who works as a watchman at the constructions. His parents is about to divorce due to economical problems. Mercan has been working different odd jobs since he was little. And now, he collects salvage and sell them. Yunus’s (14) parents were killed during an armed assault while they were working as musicians at a wedding.  Yunus who is a Roman predecessor, lives with his elder grandfather and plays clarinet since he was a child. Bilal (14) escaped from the war in Syria but his parents stayed there. And now, Bilal makes a living with collecting wastepaper on the streets and lives with his uncleand his family who seal so managed to escape from the war. Many families are disjointed by various reasons such as War, armanent and economy. Either positive or negative, whatever happens in this Word, the children are the most affected ones. Mercan, Yunus and Bilal…  They are three friends whose family roots and backgrounds are totally different. But they have one thing common. Although they have different reasons, they all had been deprived of the family life. Three kids whose somehow crosspaths with eachother, start a journey  by taking along with them a white race pigeon. During the journey, they get to know eachother well and share eachother’s stories, dreams and hopes. This one day journey has just one purpose..To rescue Bilal’s parents whose still in the middle of the war in Syria by using the prize money their pigeon would win from the race.

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6

THE EMPIRE OF THE RABBITS

 

CREW

Director: Seyfettin Tokmak

Writer: Seyfettin Tokmak

Producer: Yaman Film Yapım – Seyfettin Tokmak

SYNOPSIS

Musa, 11, lives with his father Beko (Bekir), 42, in a single-story mud-brick house in Keban town in Elazığ province. His father, who makes his living by running errands in rabbit-hound races, is told by the manager of a private education center that if he can get a medical report for his son, he can get a disability pension from the government. However, Musa has to take lessons from Nergis, 11, about how to move and behave like a disabled child. Although he is afraid of being a disabled forever, he begins his education in the rehabilitation center where it’s hard to understand who is really disabled and who is not. He finds out that Nergis also has to pretend to be disabled because of her mother working at the center. Musa pulls Nergis into his dream of a rabbit empire founded in an old mine with all the rabbits Musa could save from the traps and the hound races. The two friends put up a dangerous fight to save the rabbits from traps and themselves from disability.

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7

COURTYARD

 

CREW

Director: Ceren Şahan

Writer: İbrahim iris

Producer: YazıTura Film Media – Erdal Bali

SYNOPSIS

Year 1981. İsmail (10), has been living in Bakırköy Mental Hospital since 1977. The effects of the 1980 Military Coup are still felt in the hospital. When Sibel (13) comes to the hospital, Ismail will do something he has never done, and he will ask questions! Will he be able to see the world beyond the high walls of the courtyard with Sibel's idea of escaping from the hospital? Will Sibel and İsmail be able to pedal together to freedom?

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8

LEGEND

 

CREW

Director: Yavuz Özkan

Writer: Yavuz Özkan

Producer: Z1 Film Atölyesi – Aycan Çetin

SYNOPSIS

Legend is a maverick foal that draws attention of everyone in the stud since the day she was born. Alls he thinks of is to spring over all the fences and barricades and goes away by herself .And then, her time to run  at the competitions comes. She doesn’t want anyone to mount on her.  They finally discipline her.  She becomes the most popular horse in the races.  She always wins.  Time passes and she loses strength.  She begins to lose. She retreats to the stud. Her owner expects her to breed. And she does. She grow older day by day and becomes a burden to the studfarm now. Hasan is a coachman and he lives in his humble house with his 17 years old grandson Sinan. They buy Legend from the studfarm in place of their dead horse.  Sinan and Legend form a friendship in time. When Sinan who can’t accept to harness Legend to the carriage, sees her rompy foal at the studfarm, he afraids that the little one would meet the same fate, too.  And he makes a plan to let escape the foal from the studfarm with his best friend Nisan. Along with his Grandpa’s involvement, they unleash the foal to a plateau where she can run freely.

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9

THE FLYING MEATBALL MAKER

 

CREW

Director: Rezan Yeşilbaş

Writer: Rezan Yeşilbaş

Producer: Rez Film – Lokman Rezan Yeşilbaş

SYNOPSIS

Kadir, (38) is the owner of small restaurant that serves meatballs.  He sets his heart on flying for a while and as a result of this, he buys a paramotor. As Kadir insists on his specific wish, he starts to have problems in his family relationships.  He meets Ahmet(32)who helps him about flying  via facebook. Kadir decides to fly during a wedding which is hold in the village and although Ahmet resists it, he flies. While Kadir is flying in the air with pleasure, suddenly he hears gunshots from below and this makes him get into panic. When the parachute becomes unbalanced, Kadir loses the control of paramotor, he hits the hillside and falls down. He is taken to the hospital by an ambulance. Kadir’s foot is crushed. The policeman on duty informs his chief about the incident. The chief comes and talks to Kadir. The chief believes in Kadir’s sincerity. Kadir spends a couple of days at home. Azize (34) is Kadir’s wife. As she was at the wedding when he fell down , she never gets over the feeling that her husband is mocked.

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10

THE HOPE

 

CREW

Director: Orhan İnce

Writer: Orhan İnce

Producer: Sinemarjen Film- Orhan İnce

SYNOPSIS

Deaf and mute Bedo (7), his father Mustafa (42) and his older brother Çeto (20) live in their house which locates few kilometers away from the village. Bedo, most of the time, plays with his beloved sheep that is a memento from his mother. His father Mustafa, who doesn’t earn from the husbandry as it used to be, begins livestock farming with encouragement of his friends. Bedo’s older brother Çeto introduces Emin whom Çeto met him at the town and mediates his sale of livestock, to his father Mustafa.  Seeing Emin buys livestock from his father everytime he comes by their house, Bedo begins to worry about his beloved sheep. And one day, Emin buys all the livestocks Mustafa has.  Delivery will take place in two days.  Bedo finds out that his sheep will be sold, too,  and he tries to find a way to save her.To rescuing his sheep, Bedo will be in an uphill struggle which he has to carry out hidden from his father and brother.

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11

GRAFT

 

CREW

Director: Ahmet Küçükkayalı

Writer: Ahmet Küçükkayalı

Producer: Stellar Yapımcılık – İnci Gülen

SYNOPSIS

Adem was a night watchman in a factory and an author , who was searching for his existence amongst his unpublished novels and carrying the 1980 Military Coup’s traces on his body and  subconscious, before his suicide. Samet is a young man, who lives with his mother in a village in the East and a shepherd who grafts trees in his spare times. Samet, who has a very special talent in drawing, is destroying his Works of art every time to send his dreams away. Samet sets off for Adem's funeral. He aims to find the reason his father, whom he never knew, left the village and to see Istanbul, which he had dreamed of. The city is a projection for the father and son who have different identities. A journey of time and space begins between Adem and Samet. As time progresses, Samet is physically and spiritually transformed into Adem.

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12

LIKE CRANES

 

CREW

Director: İffet Eren Danışman Boz

Writers: İffet Eren Danışman Boz – Eyüp Boz

Producers: İEDB Film - İffet Eren Danışman Boz - Mustafa Karadeniz

SYNOPSIS

Mama Gülsüm, the authoritarian matriarch of the Aksak Family that belongs to the Sarıkeçili Yoruks has started to prepare for summer migration. However, members of her family and other families don’t share Mama Gülsüm’s ideas about migration. Her husband states that he is too old to migrate and wants to settle, while her son-in-law wants to sell the camels and migrate using the tractor. Gülsüm, on the other hand, believes that migration should be made in the traditional way with camels. Gülsüm’s biggest supporters are her half-witted son Nurettin and her granddaughter Elif. While Gülsüm tries to persuade the people around her, a rumor that the governor’s office will ban migration begins to spread. Gülsüm is determined to migrate in spite of all the obstacles she is faced with.  

 

 

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