CUMA, ŞUBAT 20, 2009
"Three Monkeys," a tale of moral corruption by acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, is occasionally brilliant but also feels a bit too pat. It involves characters forced to cope with the ripple effect of harmful truths they've pretended not to see, hear or speak about.
Hacer (Hatice Aslan) and Eyüp (Yavuz Bingöl) are forced to cope with the harmful truths their family has pretended not to see, hear or speak about in "Three Monkeys."
"Three Monkeys," with Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Ryfat Sungar.
Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, from a screenplay by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan and Ercan Kesal.
109 minutes. Not rated; for mature audiences (contains language, brief nudity).
In Turkish with English subtitles. Varsity.
The latest film from acclaimed Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Three Monkeys" takes its cue from the Confucian proverb, popularized in Japan, about three wise monkeys who "see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil."
Ceylan has crafted that familiar phrase into a present-day parable, but his characters aren't so much wise as trapped in cages of circumstance, forced to cope with the ripple effect of harmful truths they've pretended not to see, hear or speak about.
Winner of the best-director award at Cannes last year, the film maintains the now-recognizable style established in Ceylan's previous films "Distant" and "Climates": long, masterfully executed shots accompanied by minimal dialogue and a richly expressive soundtrack; subdued performances punctuated by violent bursts of emotion; and a confident trust in the combination of stark realism and unadorned melodrama.
This time, there's even a hint of plot: To avoid responsibility for a hit-and-run accident, a shady politician (played by co-writer Ercan Kesal) pays his chauffeur, Eyüp (Yavuz Bingöl), to take the rap and spend a year in jail.
During that time, Eyüp's wife, Hacer (Hatice Aslan), has a misguided affair with the politician. It's secretly witnessed by their aimless son, Ismail (Ahmet Ryfat Sungar), who resorts to extreme measures in a tragic attempt to ensure a happy family reunion.
An earlier death in the family looms over these illicit proceedings, but this vaguely extraneous detail never quite factors into the story, except as another strand of neglected truth to torment these lost souls.
In any case, "Three Monkeys" carries the kind of thematic heft that made critics swoon over Michelangelo Antonioni in the '60s. It still works here, at times brilliantly, but this tale of moral corruption (which is perpetuated in a closing scene) feels a bit too pat.
And even when you account for Ceylan's signature style, "Three Monkeys" could lose 15 minutes and not feel significantly diminished.
Kaynak : http://seattletimes.nwsource.com
CUMARTESİ, HAZİRAN 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Kaynak : HelixFilmsInc.com
PAZAR, MAYIS 27, 2012
65. Cannes Film Festivali kapany? töreninde Ylk Altyn Palmiye Kysa Film dalynda verildi.
En Yyi Kysa Film ödülünü 'Sessiz' filmiyle Rezan Ye?ilba? kazandy.
Belçim Bilgin ve Cem Bender'in ba?rollerinde oldu?u, daha önce Akbank Kysa Film yary?masynda en iyi film ödülü de alan film, Kültür ve Turizm Bakanly?y Sinema Müdürlü?ü'nün deste?iyle Diyarbakyr'da çekildi.
'Sessiz' Cannes'da kysa film kategorisinde bugüne dek Türkiye'den yary?an dördüncü film. Bundan önce Koza filmi ile Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Kyyyda filmiyle Ebru Ceylan ve Poyraz filmiyle Belma Ba? festivalin yary?maly bölümüne seçilmi?ti. 1939 yylyndan bu yana Cannes'da uzun metraj kategorisinde yary?an ve ba?ary elde eden toplam yedi filmimizin yönetmenleri, Yylmaz Güney, Nuri Bilge Ceylan ve Fatih Akyn olmu?tu.
Kaynak : www.ensonhaber.com