Thursday, 21.03.2019 at 7:00pm
OV with English subtitles
Film: Birds of Exile / Gurbet Kuşları
Director: Halit Refiğ
Turkey 1964, 102 min.
The Bakırcıoğlu family of six migrates to Istanbul from Anatolia to try to make it big in the city. As the garage they bought emerges to be a con, the family resorts to badly-paid jobs. While the two sons are trying to grapple with the ways of urban women, the sister makes acquaintance with the liberal high society. There one of the playboys sexually exploits the good-natured Anatolian. Quickly, the situation escalates for all involved.
Around the middle of the 1960s, the filmmaker Halit Refiğ (1934 – 2009) put into practise his own version of a “National Cinema” through “Ulusal Sinema“. He developed it as a reaction to the contemporary Turkish film critics who wanted Turkish cinema to emulate a European model. With more than sixty films and numerous series, Refiğ’s attempts to distinguish and elevate Turkey’s own culture above the West. Refiğ’s films and texts for “Ulusal Sinema“ functioned as a source of inspiration for multiple generations of classical film-makers in Turkey.