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Film Series : New and Newer Tales from Turkey

Cold of Kalandar

Kalandar Soğuğu

2015, Mustafa Kara, Turkey/Hungary, 132 min.
With Haydar Sisman, Nuray Yesilarez

Show Times

  • Sat, May 18th 7:45pm
  • Thu, May 23rd 8:00pm

“Intense…powerful, slow-burning and beautifully-hewn.”—Jonathan Holland, Hollywood Reporter

The rugged landscape of northern Turkey, over four seasons, provides a spectacular mountain backdrop to the heartrending but hopeful story of one man’s undying dream to better his life. His neighbors work in the local mine or eke out a living from the stony land, but Mehmet (Sisman) persists in lofty get-rich-quick schemes, even as his little family slides further into poverty and his worked-to-the-bone wife begins to despair. Solitary expeditions to prospect for silver and copper fail, and an attempt to train the family bull as a prize-winning fighter ends in humiliation, but, just as all seems lost, director Kara brings a hint of the supernatural and a startling infusion of grace and redemption to this tale. Winner of four awards in the 2015 Istanbul International Film Festival, including Best Actor for Sisman. In Turkish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)

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