MAMI Is Bringing The Best Of Turkish Cinema To India

Posted on 21 October, 2016 by Team Wishberry

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Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival’s 18th edition took off on the 20th and will run till the 27th of October. This rich cinematic experience is bringing around 175 fabulous films from all over the world to various screens in Mumbai. This year, the festival’s country focus is on Turkey, bringing the best in Turkish cinema to India.

8 Seconds (8 Saniye)

Directed by Omer Faruk Sorak 8 Seconds is a real life story of a woman who leads two parallel lives, one when she’s awake and one while she dreams. After continually struggling to feel content, she attempts to comprehend her dreams.


A childless couple prepares a photo album of a fake pregnancy period in order to keep their adoption a secret from the world.  The couple go all out and even stage snapshots in the hospital in the maternity ward. While the middle class couple plan to do anything to keep this a secret, they soon realise that these records lay with the police. Album is director Mehmet Can Mertoglu’s debut feature film.

Blue Bicycle (Mavi Bisiklet)

Director Umit Koreken’s film follows a story that speaks of young love, dreams and a quest for justice. Blue Bicycle is about the dilemma a small town boy faces when he has to make a choice of sacrificing the blue bicycle he has been dreaming of for a long, long time to rectify an injustice he witnesses.

Dust (Toz)

After her mother's death, Azra decides to make her mother’s last wish come true and hits off on a dangerous journey to bury her mother in Afghanistan. When Azra witnesses the consequences of a war in Afghanistan, she begins experiencing the distress that the society which survived war faces every single second.

Ember (Kor)

Critically acclaimed director Zeki Demirkubuz’s film, Ember, follows the story of a married woman who finds herself on her own when her sick child is in need of an urgent surgery. Her husband’s ex-boss decides to help her in this stressful circumstance, which later leads to an affair that ruins the trio’s life.

My Mother’s Wound (Annemin Yarasi)

Upon turning eighteen, Salih leaves the orphanage to find his lost family and begins working in a Serbian farm. Soon he begins uncovering the bitter truth of his war-ridden past. My Mother’s Wound is director Ozan Aciktan’s gripping tale on family, love and identity to a background of hope amongst war-torn lives.

Snow Pirates (Kar Korsanlari)

The idea of Snow Pirates emerged from the recollection of director Faruk Hacihafizoglu’s childhood. The film is his debut feature on adolescence, military coup and cosmopolitan culture.

Set in 1981 in Turkey, Kars is having one of its coldest winters and the coal value has shot up to equal that of a diamond. Three children set their sledges for a journey in the pursuit of coal where they come face-to-face to responsibilities that coming-of-age brings.

The Bride

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The Bride is the first part of the 1970s immigration trilogy followed by The Wedding and The Sacrifice. The trilogy is considered to be director Omer Lutfi Akad’s masterpiece. He also is one of the pioneers of the Turkish Auteur Cinema.

The film follows the story of a young woman who moves with her husband to Istanbul. Where her son falls ill and needs to be operated upon. But her in-laws decide to not spend money on the kid’s operation as they’re in need of cash for their shop. After the boy passes, the woman takes a desperate step.

Whisper If I Forget (Unutursam Fisilda)

An old pop singer, who has Alzheimer's, returns to her childhood house where she remembers her young days of climbing the stairway to fame and fortune. While trying to deal with her elder sister who holds her responsible for her ruined life. Directed by Cafan Irmak, Whisper If I Forget is a story of two young people in love, who leave everything behind to live their dreams.

Winter Sleep (Kis Uyuksu)

A former actor runs a small hotel in central Anatolia with his young wife and his sister, who is suffering from her recent divorce. In winter as the snow begins to fall, the hotel turns into a shelter but also an inescapable place that fuels their animosities.

The film is directed by the critically acclaimed Nuri Bilge Ceylan, which also received the prestigious Palme d’Or, the top honour at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.


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