|Global Visions series features Turkish film|
The Department of Anthropology’s popular Global Visions film series will bring an exciting array of films to the community of Grand Forks for the fifth consecutive year. The series presents two films per month in the Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series is currently the only venue in Grand Forks to view award-winning, nationally recognized independent films from a wide variety of contemporary film makers around the world.
This spring, the series will bring seven foreign films to UND. All films will be at 7 p.m. on various Tuesday evenings between now until the end of April at the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl. The series, free and open to the public, is partially funded by the Multicultural Awareness Committee. Filmgoers are encouraged to come early to ensure a seat.
Upcoming movies will are:
• Feb. 12, "Distant" (Turkey)
• Feb. 25, "Duck Season" (Mexico)
• March 11, "The Fast Runner" (Canadian/Inuit)
• March 18, "The Weeping Meadow" (Greece)
• April 8, "The Clay Bird" (Bangladesh)
• April 22, "The Wind Will Carry Us" (Iran)
Film Review - "Distant," London Times, May 27, 2004, 110 mins
The chills are infinitely sweeter in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s hypnotic Turkish film, Uzak (Distant). The story is slight, but it’s stuffed with unspoken thoughts and unspeakable feelings. It charts the subtle unease between two men from different sides of the track, and it justifiably won the Grand Prix award at Cannes last year.
Mahmut, an aspiring photographer in Istanbul, is unexpectedly obliged to put up a country cousin, Yusuf, who comes to town in search of work in the frozen shipyards. Mahmut is a self-made loner. He has dusted off his peasant stock. He has refined his smoking habits, and he mixes with a modest sprinkling of local literati. He spends a couple of days failing to point his burly cousin in the right direction, and obligation rapidly turns into inconvenience.
Yusuf is quietly desperate, and clumsily grateful. But as his chances of picking up a job shrivel to nothing, the atmosphere between the two men in the flat cools to a lonely comedy of wills, and chess-like games for space and air.
Muzaffer Özdemir and Emin Toprak are quite brilliant in these edgy battles for the remote control, the late-night sofa.
-- Marcia Mikulak, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, firstname.lastname@example.org, 777-4718