2010. Turkey. Tolga Karaçelik. 96 min.
U.S. Premiere. Introduction and Q&A by Karaçelik
Friday, January 13, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
2010. Turkey. Written and directed by Tolga Karaçelik. With Serkan Ercan, Zafer Diper, Nergis Öztürk. Kenan is a taciturn 35-year-old toll booth attendant shuffling between the monotony of his traffic-besieged box and caring for his ailing but domineering father at home. Desperate to resist his father’s attempt to marry him off to a neighbor, and equally determined to prove his worth by fixing his father’s old car, Kenan edges ever closer to a nervous breakdown. Making wonderful use of an expert cast (led by the excellent Ercan), a richly saturated color palette, and keen art direction, writer-director Karaçelik has crafted a wry, heartbreaking ode to lost dreams in a sleep-walking world. In Turkish; English subtitles. 96 min.