Movie buffs can savour Vancouver Turkish Film Festival movies live or online

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      This year’s Vancouver Turkish Film Festival features seven award-winning features, one documentary, and two movies directed by women.

      The opening film, Two Types of People/İnsanlar İkiye Ayrilir, is only being offered in-person at 6:30 p.m. on Friday (December 10) at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in SFU Woodward’s.

      Directed by Tunç Sahin, two of the 2020 film’s lead characters, Duygu (Burcu Biricik) and Bahadir (Aras Aydin), work for a company that buys banks’ receivables.

      Watch the trailer for Two Types of People/İnsanlar İkiye Ayrılır.

      This financial drama, which includes comedic moments, reveals some of the psychological tactics used by debt collectors. It won the award for best screenplay at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

      One fan of the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival is Michael Boucher, director of cultural programs and sponsorships at SFU Woodward’s.

      “It’s a really interesting eye on Turkey, its culture, and its history and its politics,” Boucher told the Straight by phone.

      The other seven movies at the Vancouver Turkish Film Festival are all available online with a US$40 pass until the festival ends on December 18. Here are four of the other films.

      Watch Vancouver Turkish Film Festival assistant director Nural Sümbültepe's interview with Brother's Keeper/Okul Tıraşı director Ferit Karahan.

      Brother’s Keeper/Okul Tıraşı

      Director Ferit Karahan shows what life is like for Kurdish boys attending a remote boarding school in Eastern Anatolia, where they must endure freezing months in the winter. This is not something that many western Turks are exposed to. In addition to awards in Turkey, this 2021 effort also was named best film in the Chicago International Film Festival’s new directors competition.

      Watch the trailer for Brother's Keeper/Okul Tıraşı.

      Between Two Dawns/Iki Şafak Arasında

      A serious workplace injury creates a legal quagmire, resulting in a man being pressured to leave the country against his will. Director Selman Nacar’s 2021 film won a jury special prize, best supporting actor, and best supporting actress at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

      Watch the trailer for Between Two Dawns/İki Şafak Arasında.


      Another film revolving around debt, director Fikret Reyhan’s 2020 drama revolves around a character named Fatih who borrowed a lot of money from a friend in the U.K. before leaving for Turkey, where his credit catches up to him. It won a jury special prize and best actress at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

      Video: Watch the trailer for Leave the Door Open/ Bırakın Kapı Açık.

      Leave The Door Open/Birakin Kapi Açik Kalsin

      Directed by Ümran Safter, one of the two female directors at the festival, this 2021 documentary is about two teenage sons of a former Turkish ambassador to the United States who embraced jazz music—and disregarded colour barriers—in the 1930s and 1940s. It won the best documentary awards at the DC Independent Film Festival.


      Director Uluç Bayraktar’s 2020 depiction of a military veteran coping with a brain tumour was awarded best film at the Ciudad de Mexico International Film Festival.

      Watch the trailer for When I'm Done Dying/Bir Nefes Daha.

      When I’m Done Dying/Bir Nefes Daha

      This is the other film at the festival directed by a woman, Nisan Dağ. features Oktay Çubuk, Hayal Köseoğlu, and Eren Çiğdem in a drama about a young rapper whose addiction to bonzai is undermining prospects for his career and his relationship with a DJ from the upper class. Set in Istanbul, it won best international feature at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and best director at the Talinn Black Nights Film Festival.

      Watch the trailer for Weasel/Gelincik.


      Director Orçun Benli's crime thriller focuses on a young former policeman who's renovating his house in the forest. He accidentally shoots a weasel, which leads to a connection with an unusual man who was in the vicinity. It features Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Kaan Yıldırım, and Hande Doğandemir.

      The Vancouver Turkish Film Fesival opens on Friday (December 10) at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts at SFU Woodward's. For more information and to obtain a festival pass to see the seven online films, visit the VTFF website.