Yozgat Blues

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Yozgat Blues
Turkey, 2013, 96 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Germany
US Premiere
Topics: Dance/Music, Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Turkish English Sub-Titles

Awards: Istanbul FF: Best Actor

Humanist heartbreaker "Yozgat Blues" is an exquisitely shot, superbly performed, realist – and gently humorous – drama that follows a gentlemanly Istanbul musician who takes a winter gig performing old fashioned French chansons at a run-down club in the titular provincial city. Because the club wanted a male/female duo, he invites one of his former students to come along. Having nothing in her life that she can’t walk away from, Nese agrees to be Yavuz’s backup singer.

“Adopting the same slow, subdued, minimalist approach of his debut film, the award-winning Wrong Rosary, Mahmut Fazil Coskun has chosen to deal once again with an undeclared relationship, this time between an older man and a younger woman. […] Kesal’s often moving, introvert, performance as a sullen middle-aged single man who has lost (if he ever had) the gift to communicate with other human beings, is in sharp contrast with Damgaci’s candid ingenuousness, her willingness to accept new people and new experiences. She is looking expectantly towards the future just as he feels the approaching chills of old age.”
- Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

Winner: Best Actor, Istanbul Film Festival; FIPRESCI Award, Warsaw Film Festival

Filmmaker(s) attending: Director

DIRECTOR: Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Producer: Halil Kardas, Andro Steinborn
Editor: Cicek Kahraman
Screenwriter: Tarik Tufan, Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Cinematographer: Baris Ozbicer
Principal Cast: Ercan Kesa, lAyca Damgaci, Tansu Biçer, Kevork Malikyan, Nadir Saribacak
Filmography: Wrong Rosary (2009)
Print Source: HokuFokus Film

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