Sonbahar Director: Özcan Alper

PÖFF audiences first experienced the New Wave in Turkish film in 2000, with Yesim Ustaoglu's feature film "Journey to the Sun". Ustaoglu, who served on the 2005 PÖFF competition jury, has become a prestigious international name over the years and Turkish films are enjoying their best festival success ever. With Turkey in the focus this year, this large and culturally exciting country is represented in the EurAsia competition programme by 33-year-old Özcan Alper's debut feature AUTUMN, and it wasn't a random pick.

AUTUMN is a mood film with beautiful views of nature, and Man in the foreground. Yusuf was imprisoned at age 22 for his political views. Now, 10 years later, he is released. The years spent behind bars have turned the once idealistic young man into a hardened pessimist, and in the mountain village on the Turkish border with Georgia, life has changed as well - his aging and ailing mother is the only one to welcome Yusuf home. Yusuf's father is dead and his sister married. Emptiness steals into the soul of
Yusuf, and nothing can replace it. A Georgian prostitute whose life is in a rut helps fill Yusuf's days of solitude. Slowly but surely they find a common language. As fitfully and futilely as autumn tries to postpone its meeting with winter, an ultimately doomed relationship develops between the two people.

According to Alper, AUTUMN, screened at Locarno, Sarajevo, Montreal and other film festivals, is an autobiographical film. It deals with the problems of modern Turkey through people's psychological pain, in which Turkish government policies are largely complicit.

Helmut Jänes

Festivals and awards: Locarno, Istanbul, Sarajevo

Programme: Official Competition Programme EurAsia

Country: Turkey
Year: 2008
Length: 106
Language: Turkish, Georgian
Producer: F. Serkan Acar
Screenplay: Özcan Alper
Director: Özcan Alper
Cinematography: Feza Caldiran
Music: Yuri Rydahencko, Aysenur Kolivar, Sumru Agiryürüyen
Editor: Thomas Balkenhol

Cast: Onur Saylak, Raife Yenigül, Megi Kobaladze, Serkan Keskin, Nino Lejava

Producer: Kuzey Film Production

Özcan Alper

Özcan Alper (b. 1975, Artvin, Turkey) studied physics and history at Istanbul University before starting work in 1999 as an assistant director and production manager on several feature and TV films. In 2001 he made his first short, "Grandmother", shot entirely in Hemsin, a dialect spoken in the north-east. It was the first Turkish film in that language. This first work won him several awards, which enabled him to find funding, in particular from the Turkish Ministry of Culture, for his first feature film, AUTUMN.

Bir Bilim Adamiyla Zaman Enleminde Yolculuk (Voyage In Time with a Scientist, 2002, doc), Rapsody and Melancholy in Tokai City, 2005), Sonbahar (Autumn, 2008)

Wednesday, 03. December 20:00
Coca-Cola Plaza 2 (Estonian and English subtitles)
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Thursday, 04. December 17:30
Sõprus (Estonian and English subtitles)
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Saturday, 06. December 15:30
Athena Keskus (Estonian and English subtitles)
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