Turkey and The Middle East (Turkey) Movies on DVD
Striking import follows beautiful young Zeynep as she dreams of finding a better life for herself. Cursed with an abusive father, she spends her days working as a hotel maid and talking with a friend/co-worker. But when she crosses paths with a recently widowed patron, Zeynep's life takes an unexpected turn. Tulin <153>zen, Budak Akalin, Musa Karagoz star. 90 min. Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
The final Turkish release in filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu's "The Yusuf Trilogy" focuses on the childhood of Yusuf (Bora Altas), as he spends his days with his father who harvests honey in the remote forests of Turkey. But when the father goes missing, the already withdrawn Yusuf and his mother begin to sink into depression, and young Yusuf decides to undertake the dangerous mission into the woods to find his dad. Erdal Besikcioglu and Tulin <153>zen co-star. AKA: "Honey." 103 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
After witnessing their parents being shot and killed by paramilitary assassins, two young siblings (Senay Orak, Muhammed Al) in Kurdistan become desperate over the welfare of their infant sister. Living on the streets, the children soon fall into the company of an escort whose client was responsible for making them orphans. Once the youngsters learn of his identity, they plot their retribution. Turkish-German drama co-stars Hakan Karsak, Suzan Ilir. 101 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Turkish and Kurdish; Subtitles: English; bonus short "It's My Turn" (2007). In Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles.
Young Turkish woman Meryem (Ozgu Namal) survives a brutal sexual assault...but must, according to custom, be put to death by her own hand or another's to "restore" her honor. When she refuses to kill herself, Meryem's uncle recruits his soldier son to kill her during a trip to Istanbul. This thoughtful and powerful Turkish/Greek drama co-stars Talat Bulut, Murat Han. 105 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English; biographies; photo gallery; more. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Can you make a boat out of a watermelon rind? How about a movie projector out of a wooden box? Two teens living in a small Turkish village chase their dreams of one day becoming famous film directors in this charming coming-of-age drama that plays as a love letter to the cinema. Fizuli Caferof, Mustafa <128>oban star. 101 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
From the blaze of a summer on the Aegean coast to the chill of an icy winter in Eastern Turkey, this rich drama follows the uncertain trajectory of the romance between middle-aged Isa (writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan) and the younger Bahar (Ebru Ceylan). After Isa's self-involvement derails their relationship, he becomes determined to win her back when a torrid affair proves unsatisfactory. Nazan Kirilmis, Mehmet Eryilmaz also star. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English; featurette; interviews; theatrical trailer. In Turkish with English subtitles.
An Ottoman Empire sultan's harem in the early 20th century is the setting for director Ferzan Ozpetek's ("Steam: The Turkish Bath") sensual drama of forbidden love. A beautiful Italian-born woman, sold into slavery, becomes the favorite of the sultan's many concubines, but her relationship with a black eunuch has dangerous consequences following political upheaval in the region. Marie Gillain, Alex Descas, Valeria Golino star. 110 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: French, Italian and Turkish; Subtitles: English. In French, Italian and Turkish with English subtitles.
Two-disc set includes "Journey to the Sun" and "Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds."
The enduring power of friendship is explored in this shattering import examining the relationship between jovial young Turk Mehmet and his Kurdish rebel pal Berzan. Following his unjust arrest and release, Mehmet becomes aware of his country's shocking human rights policies--leading him to embark on a pilgrimage to Berzan's troubled homeland. Newroz Baz, Nazmi Qirix star. 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: Turkish and Kurdish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish and Kurdish with English subtitles.
Part of local Turkish legend, "Mommo" is the name given to a bogeyman used by parents to bring their children into line, but 9-year-old Ahmet (Mehmet Bulbul) and little sister Ayse (Elif Bulbul) have larger, real-life worries to contend with after their widower father abandons them to marry anew. Will their new guardian--their ailing grandfather--manage to find them a stable new home? Touching drama co-stars Mustafa Uzunyilmaz, Mehmet Usta. AKA: "The Bogeyman." 106 min. Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
In the course of a long evening, a small caravan of cops and prosecutors combs the Anatolian steppes in search of a buried murder victim, led by suspects with only hazy recall of the alleged incident. As the night and the investigation wear on, more than just the details of the crime come to light. Nuri Bilge Ceylan's engrossing procedural stars Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Firat Tanis. 157 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English; featurettes; theatrical trailer. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Intriguing Turkish drama concerns a schizophrenic young man who lives in a mental hospital. Spending his days believing that he is in heaven and having regular visions of his dead mother, he enjoys his time at the facility. But after encountering a woman who has similar problems, his blissful existence is complicated when he falls for her. Engin Altan, Fahriye Evcen star. 92 min. Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
A teenage Yusuf (Melih Selcuk) is the focus of this second film from writer/director Semih Kaplanoglu's "The Yusuf Trilogy." Despite being a recent high school grad in Turkey, Yusuf is forced to ply his single mom's dairy trade after failing the college entrance exam and being declared unfit for military service. Yusuf's stress over his lack of options is only amplified when mom begins an affair, in this coming-of-age drama. Basak Koklukaya co-stars. AKA: "Milk." 102 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Rich with devotion to his Islamic faith but lonely and dependent on a modest income, Muharrem (Erkan Can) accepts a job offer as a rent collector from his sect leader. Thrust into the hurly-burly of the modern world for the first time, Muharrem experiences a dramatic struggle between his deeply ingrained spiritual beliefs and the temptations of a sensual, materialistic society. German-Turkish drama co-stars Guven Kirac, Erman Saban. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Learning she is pregnant following an illicit affair a young woman decides to have an abortion three months into her term. Years later, after marrying the boyfriend she cheated on, the woman suffers haunting visions of her aborted child, and becomes gradually unhinged when everyone around her refuses to believe in the ghost's existence. Unsettling horror film from Turkey stars Akasya Asliturkmen, Murat Yildirim. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English; biographies; photo gallery; theatrical trailer; TV spot. In Turkish with English subtitles.
An up-and-coming politician attempts to conceal his involvement in a hit-and-run accident, convincing his driver to plead guilty on his behalf in exchange for future favors. When the politico fails to win his election bid, the secret bargain looms over both families and becomes a dangerous factor as the jailed man's wife falls into a secret affair with the man who put him there. Noirish drama from Turkey stars Yavuz Bingol, Hatice Aslan. 109 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English; interview; theatrical trailer. In Turkish with English subtitles.
Haunting drama from Turkey places the minds and hearts of three pre-teen children under a microscope as they grow up in a remote village in the Northwest mountains. While Omer devoutly prays for the death of his father, Yakup nurtures a crush on his teacher, and Yildiz tries to deal with the trauma of witnessing her parents in the act of intercourse. Elit Iscan, Ali Bey Kayali, and Tilbe Saran star. 111 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
After 50 years of concealing her true heritage, an elderly Greek woman decides to leave her adopted home in Turkey and return to Greece to locate a long-lost brother. Her quest means she must confront ghosts from the 1920s, when the bloody Turkish War of Independence forced her and her sister to hide their identities for decades. Ruchan Caliskur, Ridvan Yagci star. 90 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.
The first installment of "The Yusuf Trilogy" from Turkish filmmaker Semih Kaplanoglu introduces Yusuf (Nejat Isler), a poet in his 30s who returns to his hometown of Tire, Turkey, for the first time in years after the death of his mother. He encounters an unknown relative, Ayla (Saadet Aksoy), and together they journey to where Yusuf is to make the sacrifice that was his mother's wish, while dealing with the guilt of his estrangement. AKA: "Egg." 97 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: Turkish; Subtitles: English. In Turkish with English subtitles.