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2016 – Dream [Rüya]

Sine, a bright architect who is troubled by the shape of present-day architecture, designs an innovative, cave-like mosque inspired by the Seven Sleepers myth. The construction phase is beset with problems. Traumatized, Sine develops insomnia. She finally sleeps at a sleeping disorder clinic and sees herself in the myth of the Seven Sleepers. Waking from the dream, Sine has changed physically and psychologically. Each time she goes to the clinic, she changes and each time her new selves act differently.

2012 – Cycle [Devir] (75′)

At the end of every summer, Hasanpasa, a village in the Burdur district of southwestern Turkey, holds a traditional shepherding contest. The contest involves shepherds herding their entire herd of sheep, one by one, through a pool of water. First prize goes to the shepherd who negotiates the pool fastest and with least hesitation. An elderly shepherd known by the nickname ‘Takmaz’ has been reigning champion for the last eight years.

2008 – Dot [Nokta] (78′)

Ahmet decides to help his friend Selim to sell an invaluable Koran and family heirloom. But when he brings in his mafia contacts, they kidnap Selim and plan to blackmail his father, Veli Hodja, into handing over the 13th century Koran. Veli Hodja concedes to their demands but his son’s kidnappers murder Selim all the same. Ahmet then kills all the thugs in the ensuing chaos.

2007 – Waiting for Heaven [Cenneti Beklerken] (110′)

Eflatun, a miniaturist who lives in 17th century Istanbul, the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, uses western style to paint a portrait of his son who has just died. But doing this gives him conflicting emotions, for painting “like a Venician or Frank” distances him from the style of painting taught to him by his own masters. While troubled with these kinds of thoughts, he is taken to the residence of an Ottoman vezir.

2001 – Elephants and Grass [Filler ve Cimen] (113’)

Elephants and Grass is made up of six seemingly independent stories that are woven together into one. In this film, we find six characters brought together by a series of coincidences. One of these characters is Havva, a track and field athlete in her early twenties. Havva is getting ready to run in the Eurasia Marathon. Not only does she want to advance her athletic career, but she is also attracted by the race’s sizeable cash prize. She is trying to find money to cure her brother, who was injured during his military service in the south eastern part of Turkey, a region which has been afflicted by civil war for over 20 years.

1996 – Somersault in a Coffin [Tabutta Rovasata] (75’)

Tabutta Rovasata (Somersault In A Coffin) is the true but allegorical story of a car thief who steals to keep himself warm during cold winter nights. Mahsun SUPERTITIZ is homeless and unemployed.

He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun loves cars, he steals at nights and in the mornings he drives them back clean and well kept. He lives to emphasize the strange togetherness of possibilities and impossibilities.