Seattle hosts another spectacular film festival this upcoming weekend, November 20 – 23 The Seattle Turkish Film Festival. Just as the Republic of Turkey has a rich presence in world history with Istanbul being regarded as an cultural and urban epicenter, it also has a rich presence in film history. Directors of note include Metin Erksan who won the Golden Bear Award for Dry Summer (1964) in the 14th Berlin International Film Festival, and Yilmaz Guney, who won the Golden Palm award with Yol (1982) in the 35th Cannes Film Festival, and Zeki Demirkubuz, who is known for pulling from Dostoyevsky to write and direct films ushering in New Turkish cinema.
In this year’s Seattle Turkish Film Festival, two films in particular have been brought to my attention. Whisper, If I Forget by director Çağan Irmak (video featured below) is a story about a young girl who runs away to Istanbul to become a pop star. She returns later in life to face those she left behind. And Nobody’s Home by Deniz Akçay, a story about a family torn apart by the death of their patriarch.
Seattle Turkish Film Festival
Whisper, If I Forget – Showing on Thursday November 20, at 8 PM. AMC Pacific Place 11 (600 Pine St #400)
Nobody’s Home – Showing on Saturday November 22, at 7:15 PM. SIFF Film Center (located in the Seattle Center near Warren Ave & Republican St).
Visit the official website Seattle Turkish Film Festival for more information on more films, showtimes and events.
(english subtitles not available for this trailer)