Tuncel Kurtiz’s Hair and Baby films will meet with the audience for the first time in years as part of the 26th Festival on Wheels.
Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association with the contributions of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Festival on Wheels will bring the audience together with two never-before-seen films from Tuncel Kurtiz’s exile in Sweden in its 26th year. The festival, which will take place in Ankara between 26 November-2 December, in Sinop on 3-5 December, and in Kastamonu on 6-8 December, was created with the contributions of the Swedish Embassy. Tuncel Kurtiz’s Years of Exile in the section Hair and Baby films will be screened.
“Travel companion” with the special screenings he had previously organized Tuncel KurtizDrawing attention to the director and producer of ‘s Festival on Wheels, this time it focuses on his years of exile waiting to be discovered. Tuncel Kurtiz, who decided to continue his career in Europe after the Cannes Film Festival, where he went to attend the premiere of the movie Umut in 1971, turned into a forced exile that would last until 1993 after the coup of September 12, 1980. During this 22-year period spent in various countries in Europe and the world, the master artist puts his signature under numerous important projects. According to the archive records of the Swedish Film Institute, there were 9 films in which Tuncel Kurtiz took part in the said period.
Hair to be Shown as part of the Festival on Wheels for the First Time in 45 Years
The film Hair, which Tuncel Kurtiz reached at the end of an adventurous search, started in the Değirmenli village of Niğde in the autumn of 1976 and toured every village from the Taurus Mountains to Central Anatolia and ended in Sweden, and was screened on Swedish Television the following year. will meet with the audience.
Tuncel Kurtiz summarizes the main theme of the film in an interview he gave to Mehmed Kemal from Cumhuriyet newspaper in 1977: “Since the legends of Homer, we see how valuable hair is for Turkish women. When his loved one dies, he cuts his hair and bury his hair with the dead. It also has a sacred side. Despite this, the fact that he can sell his hair today due to the difficult economic conditions documents the change in traditions and many sacred customs.”
The film, which fictionalizes the stories of two characters, one of whom is a hair collector in Anatolia and the other who dreams of selling this hair to the Swedish market, deserves attention for its fictional nature as well as its documentary quality. Gani Turanlı is the cinematographer of the film, which also reveals the desperation of young girls who had to sell their hair due to the pressure of economic conditions and should be evaluated by considering the cinematic understanding of the 70s, and the music belongs to Zülfü Livaneli.
Adapted from Yaşar Kemal’s Story, Baby Will Meet the Audience at the Festival on Wheels
Tuncel Kurtiz’s Years of Exile The second film in the section titled “Baby” is written by Swedish writer and director Barbro Karabuda, whose value is not known enough despite more than twenty books, numerous television documentaries and films. In addition to Tuncel Kurtiz, Aliye Rona, Rahmi Saltuk, Tunç Okan and Güneş Karabuda also star in the film adapted from the first story of Barbro Karabuda’s close friend Yaşar Kemal, which was published abroad and translated into many languages, making the author internationally known.
One of the features that makes Bebek different is that the film crew, forced by the circumstances, brought Yaşar Kemal’s world into flesh and bones this time in the Algerian town of Zeralda, and Harriet Andersson, whom we know from Bergman films, and well-known Swedish stars, portray the women of the village in Turkish with an almost perfect accent. speaking animations.
The film, in which Tuncel Kurtiz successfully gives life to the hopeless villager İsmail, tells the story of Zala and İsmail, who are cultivating their own fields. With the death of Zala, who gave birth alone at home, this Anatolian film, which focuses on İsmail, who is looking for a wet nurse to keep his baby alive and has to work to pay off his debt to the landlord, is waiting to be rediscovered 48 years later.
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