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Film | Official Competition

|  Eros and Psyche Award

Sonbahara Sonbahar
Director: Özcan Alper

2008, 35mm, colour, 106'
Vers: Turkish, Georgian, Hemsin
Sub: Ita

Special Mention

Absolutely praiseworthy for the splendid photography, the editing, the composition of the shots, the film weaves fragments of different realities and transmits the depth of the protagonists' feelings in a fresco rich with emotion. A debut piece which represents a promise for the future films of Ozcan Alper and gives great hope to all Cinema, especially that of the Mediterranean.

Sentenced to jail in 1997 as a university student aged 22, Yusuf is released on health grounds 10 years later. He returns to his village in the eastern Black Sea region, where he's welcomed only by his elderly mother. It turns out that his father died while he was in jail and his older sister got married and moved away to the city. Economic factors mean that it's almost exclusively old people who live in the mountain village, and the only person Yusuf sees is his childhood friend Mikail. As autumn slowly gives way to winter, Yusuf goes with Mikail to a tavern where he meets Eka, a beautiful young Georgian hooker. Neither the timing nor circumstances are right for these two people from different worlds to be together. For all that, love becomes a final desperate attempt to grasp life and elude loneliness - for Yusuf at least.

Screenplay: Özcan Alper
Cinematography: Feza Çaldiran
Editing: Thomas Balkenhol
Music: Yuri Ryadchenko, Aysenur Kolivar, Sumru Agiryuruyen, Onok Bozkurt
Sound: Mohammed Mokhtary
Cast: Onur Saylak, Megi Koboladze, R. Gulefer Yenigul, Serkan Keskin, Nino Lejava

Prizes and selections:
International Film Festival Locarno 2008 (In Competition)

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