Friday, 22.03.2019 at 7:00pm
OV with English subtitles
Film: I Gave My Heart to a Turk / Bir Türk’e Gönül Verdim
Director: Halit Refiğ
Eva from Germany searches for the former “Gastarbeiter” (guest worker) İsmail in his Turkish hometown Kayseri. She hopes to build a future together with her previous lover and her son. As İsmail rejects her and their child, the villager Mustafa takes on the humiliated and helpless woman. Eva falls in love with the good-natured Anatolian and soon starts to take up the ways of the village women. Only after this does İsmail become envious and attempts to win back the German woman and their son by any means possible.
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.