Friday, 8 March 2013


 Movies are like Turkish coffee: some are bitter, some are sweet…

Continuing in its efforts to bring the best of international ‘art house’ cinema to South African audiences, Cinema Nouveau is proud to announce the first-ever Turkish Film Festival in South Africa. The festival titles will be screen at no charge at the Cinema Nouveau cinema complexes at Brooklyn Nouveau in Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria from 15 – 17 March, and at RosebankNouveau The Mall, Rosebank, in Johannesburg, from 22 – 24 March. 

The Turkish Embassy in Pretoria, with the support of the Turkish Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Tourism, in collaboration with Cinema Nouveau. All the screenings will be free to the public. Tickets can be booked and collected at the participating cinema box-offices on hour prior to each show.

In celebrating the enhanced bilateral relationships across many areas between the Republic of South Africa and the Republic of Turkey, the Turkish Film Festival is set to not only highlight the existence of a vibrant and growing Turkish film industry, but also to point out common expectations among human beings and to encourage a mutual understanding between the Turks and South Africans using the diverse yet universal language of cinema. 

The festival offers cinema-lovers the opportunity to explore contemporary Turkish cinema, with the screening of recent internationally-awarded films and box-office successes. The festival opens with the award-winning 2009 Turkish film, Love in Another Language. This story of love and life about a beautiful young women and a young man who is deaf, combines extraordinary acting with talented screening-writing, and addresses the cultural barriers of our own love bias, whether it be through disability, age differences, looks or social status.

The festival continues with a comedy-drama, Visiontele, which examines the introduction of Television to a small town called Hakkari in eastern Turkey. Losers’ Club is based on a true story about a radio show, co-hosted by two young, cool guys, Kaan and Mete, who struggle to deal with their daily lives when their show becomes an instant hit throughout the country during 1990s. 

My Father and My Son, the 2005 Turkish drama written and directed by Cagan Irmak, who is regarded as one of the country’s most successful filmmakers, focuses on a family torn apart by the 1980 Turkish coup d’etat. Cars of the Revolution is also based on a true story, and is a period movie about the first car manufacturing efforts in Turkey following the military take-over of the administration in 1961.

In For Love and Honour, a former bully of the city of Istanbul is living a peaceful and quiet life until he finds himself entwined in a chain of events as a result of his son and his son’s girlfriend.

The festival closes with another international award-winning title, Bliss, adapted from the international best-selling novel by ZulfuLivaneli. The film examines the interpersonal and global aspects of human rights and the clash of cultures between city and country, rich and poor, and even the clash between those who are educated and those who are not. The story, which follows the lives of a teenage girl who is believed to have been violated, the son of the village leader and an ex-university professor who decides to live on a boat away from his wife and limited life, presents a more realistic picture of a world that is ruled as much by social class and role as it is by ritual and moral code.

With a variety of genres and award-winning titles being screened, the Turkish Film Festival presents the best of Turkish cinema Nouveau is delighted to be associated with this new and exciting venture.

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