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Demirkubuz Retrospective
Bosphorus Art Project Film Festival

Harkins Valley Art Theatre
September 10-12, 2004

Harkins Valley Art Theatre during the Film Festival
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Sponsored by:


Turkish Cultural Foundation
Thanks for making it possible!

Thanks to our local supporter Wells Fargo Bank for its financial contribution to the Film Festival.

 

Bosphorus Art Project is indebted to the following individuals and organizations for their help and support since our inception in October 2003. Also, many thanks go to countless people who attended our functions and fundraisers, and who have cheered us along the way. Thank You!

(Listed in alphabetical order)

Our biggest supporters, without whom the festival would not be possible: Turkish Cultural Foundation, Moon and Stars Project™, and Wells Fargo Bank.

Efes Restaurant, Giado's World Food, Harkins Theaters, Mediterranean Grill, Oscars Pizza, Pizza Bella, Sinbad Restaurant, Turkish Student Association at ASU, Turkish American Association of Arizona.

İlker Altınoğlu, Deniz Sevim Arık, Cengis Asiltürk, Haluk-Şule Balkan, Tanju Bayramoğlu, Barış Bekki, Selçuk Candan, Ayşe Çelem, Neslihan Çevik, Jennifer Chumbley, Oğuzhan Çifdaloz, Ayşegül Ciyer, Nina Crimm, İlker Deligöz, Sara DeTurk, Simon Drake, Nur Emirgil, Meral Beşken Ergisi, Madhu Gargesha, Cemil-Pam Günyüz, Jackie Faubus, Marvin & Laura Fisher, Hülya Hısım, Dave Howell, Vivek Iyer, Berrin-Hikmet Kas, Esra Kaskaloğlu, Burcu Keçeci, Jon Kenney, Engin Kılıç, Zeynep-Edib Kırdar, Güler Köknar, Prem Kuchi, Ziya Kural, Fikriye Kurban, Tolga Kuru, Chris Lamont, Joyce-Arlyn Larson, Maria & Tanya Nieri, Cumali Öksüz, Suat Özdemir, Şükrü Özger, Ferhat Özgür, Nick Purzer, Matt Rhodes, Gamze Seçkin, Marla Shelley, Gülten Silbahar, Hülya Şimşek, Derya Sevişoğlu Smith, Özgür Soğancı, Linda Stenholm, Arvind Sudarsanam, Haldun Tashman, Mümin Tufan, Ayça Tüzmen, Demet Ülkü, Ali Kemal Ünver, Felicia Van Deman, Cem Vardar, Türkan-Ali Vural, Joseph H. Worischeck, Mesut Evren & Yasemin Yılmaz.

 


Harkens Valley Art Theatre
during the Film Festival

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Harkens Valley Art Theatre
during the Film Festival

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Film Festival Staff
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Zeki Demirkubuz

Thanks to Muammer Yanmaz for the picture

Born in Isparta in 1964, Demirkubuz is a graduate of the Istanbul University Department of Communications. He began his career as an assistant to director Zeki Okten. He followed his first film, Block C (C Blok), with Peace Express (Baris Ekspresi), a documentary, but his later work has mainly been based on original screenplays conceived and written by Demirkubuz himself.

Demirkubuz first gained the notice of film critics and international audiences with Innocence (Masumiyet), which was screened at numerous festivals in Turkey and Europe. This was followed by the successful reception of Fate (Yazgi) and Confession (Itiraf), which were both screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes, and are the first two features in Tales About Darkness, a trilogy that concludes with Waiting Room (Bekleme Odasi) which won FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Award at the 2004 Valencia Film Festival in Spain.

Demirkubuz also won a FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) award and the Best Director prize at the Istanbul Film Festival for Fate and Confession .Fate also won for Best Director, Best 3rd Film, and Jury Special Award at the 38th Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey.

Filmography
1994 Block C (C Blok)
1996 Peace Express –Documentary (Baris Ekspresi)
1997 Innocence (Masumiyet)
1999 The Third Page (Üçüncü Sayfa)
2001 Fate (Yazgi)
2001 Confession (Itiraf)
2003 Waiting Room (Bekleme Odasi)

"I make movies about issues that I have, without pushing a filmmaker identity.This is why I can still keep an independent or amateur spirit in my films. ...As someone who refuses to be defined primarily as a filmmaker, knowing that people in far away places will be watching films that I created in my small room, in my own world, makes me want to make more movies ." Zeki Demirkubuz
(Read the entire interview in our upcoming online journal - BAP Quarterly)

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List of films that were featured in 2004 Turkish Film Festival:


Innocence (Masumiyet)
Opening Night (September 10, Friday, 7:30 pm)

1997, 105 minutes
Directed and written by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Ali Utku
Editing by Mevlut Koçak
Music by Cengiz Onural
Starring: Derya Alabora, Haluk Bilginer, Guven Kirac, Melis Tuna, Yalçin Cakmak

Yusuf is released from prison after serving a ten-year sentence. He is scared of life outside as all he has is an address given to him by another prisoner. Because of unexpected problems at his sister's house, he finds himself in an old and cheap hotel in Izmir where he meets a woman, a man, and a child who will complicate his life in unexpected ways. Yusuf, who tries to survive in this unknown city, soon finds himself in an extraordinary love triangle.

Awards:
1999 Tebassa Film Festival (Algeria): Best Film, Best Actor
1999 Innsbruck International Film Festival (Austria): The Audience Award
1999 Turkish Film Critics Awards (Turkey): Best Film, Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress
1998 Premier Plans Festival d’Angers (France): Grand Prize, Best Actor
1998 George and Ruta Sodoul Film Festival (France): Grand Prize
1998 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Jury Special Award, Best Actor, Best Actress
1998 Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film in National Competition
1998 The Films From the South (Norway): Best Film
1998 Cinema Mediterranean a Brussels (Belgium): Jury Special Award
1997 Antalya Film Festival (Turkey): Best 2nd Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Editing
1997 Adana Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress

Festivals:
1998 The Films from the South (Denmark)
1998 Hamburg International Film Festival (Germany)
1998 Vancouver International Film Festival (Canada)
1999 Goetheburg International Film Festival (Germany)
1999 Portland International Film Festival (USA)
1998 Cairo International Film Festival (Egypt)
1998 Belgrad Autour Film Festival (Yugoslavia)
1997 Venice Film Festival (Italy) - Settimana Internazionale della Critica
1997 Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina)
1997 Strasbourg 2. Forum du Cinema Europeen (Germany)
1997 Thessalonica International Film Festival (Greece)

"There isn't a director that has influenced me. Literature and especially Dostoyevski are the most important sources that affect my films and create a desire in me to direct. ... I can describe my films as products of existential philosophy. Existentialism is the simplest and clearest way of expression for me." Zeki Demirkubuz
(Read the entire interview in our upcoming online journal - BAP Quarterly)

Read New York Times review of this film

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Block C (C Blok)
September 11, Saturday, 4pm

1994, 90 minutes
Directed and written by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Ertunç Senkay
Editing by Nevzat Disiaçik
Music by Serdar Keskin
Starring: Serap Aksoy, Zühal Gencer, Fikret Kuskan, Selçuk Yöntem, Ülkü Duru

Tulay, a restless woman whose marriage is disintegrating, sets out to come to Terms with various traumas while continually being watched by Halit, a resident of her apartment complex. A number of enigmatic encounters between Tülay, her maid Asli, and Halit blur the lines between fantasy and reality and heighten the sense of uncertainty.

Awards:
1994 Ankara Film Festival: Best Editing, Best Upcoming Director, Best Upcoming Scriptwriter, Jury Special Award
1994 Film Critics Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor

Read New York Times review of this film

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Fate (Yazgi)
September 11, Saturday, 7pm

2001, 120 minutes
Directed, written, and edited by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Ali Utku
Art Direction by Bahar Engin
Starring Serdar Orçin, Zeynep Tokus, Engin Günaydin

The first of a planned trilogy by the accomplished 38-year-old director, the film is loosely based on Albert Camus’ masterpiece The Stranger. Like Mersault in the novel, Musa is a middle-aged man who has largely given up on the idea of free will and lives with no sense of direction, resigned to let life take its own course. As fate would have it, that course includes death, marriage, and imprisonment for a crime he did not commit.

This year, Fate (Yazgi) and Confession (Itiraf)) – the second film in the trilogy – were both shown at Un Certain Regard, the sidebar competition at the Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time ever that two features by the same director were screened in one year. Both films won the Best Director prize at the Istanbul Film Festival and also a FIPRESCI (International Critics Association) award. Fate (Yazgi) also won for Best Director, Best Film, and Best Art Direction at the 38th Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey.

Awards:
2002 Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director in National Competition; FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) Award: Best Film in National Competition
2001 Antalya Film Festival (Turkey): Best 3rd Film, Best Director, Jury Special Award
2001 Ankara Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Upcoming Actor

Festivals:
2003 Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland)
2003 Viennale International Film Festival (Austria)
2002 Cannes Film Festival (France): Official Selection - Un Certain Regard
2002 Flanders Film Festival (Belgium)

"I am not a person who thinks of cinema all the time and I am not taken by it either. I have always had a distant relationship with it. ... I did not learn cinema at school. I learned only by making movies. ... I don't have a personal process when making movies; every movie has its own process" Zeki Demirkubuz
(Read the entire interview in our upcoming online journal - BAP Quarterly)

Read New York Times review of this film

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The Third Page (Üçüncü Sayfa)
September 12, Sunday, 4pm

1999, 92 minutes
Directed and written by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Ali Utku
Editing by Nevzat Disiacik
Starring Ruhi Sari, Basak Koklukaya, Cengiz Sezici, Serdar Orçin, Emrah Elçiboga, Naci Tandöven

Isa, a walk-on in movie productions, is blamed for a fifty-dollar robbery in a mafia-rooted environment. As a result, he is badly beaten and given twenty-four hours to return the money. The following day, instead of finding the money, Isa finds a gun. He decides to write a note and commit suicide. Just when he is about to pull the trigger, the doorbell rings.

Zeki Demirkubuz says “I based this story on my feelings, observations, and experiences. I tried to shoot this film to give a meaning to all of these. I should confess that the result of years of labor has just been an incomplete version of the unknown… and maybe just an attempt by myself to smell the reality of the shit-hole that we call ‘life."

Awards:
2000 International Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director, Best Actress;
FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) Award: Best Film in National Competition
2000 International Film Festival of Tbilisi (Georgia): Best Script
2000 Orhan Murat Ariburnu Award: Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Actress
1999 Antalya Film Festival (Turkey): Best 3rd Film, Best Script, Best
Cinematography, Best Actress
1999 Turkish Film Critics Awards (Turkey): Best Script, Best Actor

Festivals:
2000 Goetheburg International Film Festival (Germany)
2000 Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands)
1999 Locarno International Film Festival - Official Competition (Switzerland)
1999 The Films from the South (Norway)
1999 Thessalonica International Film Festival (Greece)
1999 Brussels International Film Festival (Belgium)
1999 Innsbruck International Film Festival (Austria)

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Confession (itiraf)
September 12, Sunday, 7pm

2001, 91 minutes
Directed, written, and edited by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cinematography by Zeki Demirkubuz
Starring Taner Birsel, Basak Koklukaya, Iskender Altin, Mirac Eronat, Gulgun Kutlu

Harun, a rich and successful engineer, finds out that his wife Nilgün is having an affair. Scared of losing her, and in disbelief, he does not confront her. Time starts to pass very slowly and painfully. When the situation becomes unbearable, an all-night inquisition starts. The husband and wife, married for seven years, cannot recognize each other as they start to move in the darkness of their souls. Harun, who has wanted to find out the truth for so long is in for a surprise.
 
Awards:
2002 Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director in National Competition, Best Actor; FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) Award: Best Film in International Competition
2002 Turkish Critics Award: Best Script, Best Actor
2001 Ankara Film Festival (Turkey): Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Mahmut Tali Öngören Special Award
2001 Antalya Film Festival (Turkey): Jury Special Award, Best Director

Festivals:
2003 Edinburgh International Film Festival (Scotland)
2003 Viennale International Film Festival (Austria)
2002 Cannes Film Festival (France): Official Selection - Un Certain Regard
2002 Flanders Film Festival (Belgium)

"American cinema contains the best examples of movies that portray the human condition in a dramatic manner, without stylistic affectation." Zeki Demirkubuz
(Read the entire interview in our upcoming online journal - BAP Quarterly)

Read New York Times review of this film

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Many organizations have been helping us prepare for a successfull film festival financially and through much needed feedback. We would like to recognize their contribution here as well.


For information on on-screen advertising during the Festival and rates,
please contact kilic@bosphorusartproject.org

Venue Information:
HARKINS VALLEY ART THEATRE
505 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 446-7272
Theater Express Code: 027
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