"TEN BEST TURKISH FILMS"
THE BRIDE (Gelin)
Kocyigit, Kerem Yilmazer, Kahraman Kiral, Ali Sen, Aliye Rona,
Kamuran Usluer, Nazan Adali, Seden Kiziltunc
In Turkish with English subtitles
Festivals and Awards:
- Best Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor
Awards in the Golden Cocoon (Altin Koza) Film Festival, Adana, Turkey
The Bride, which depicts the struggles of a migrant
Anatolian family to adapt to and survive in the very different conditions of
urban Istanbul, is one of the best presentations of internal migration in
Turkish cinema. It is also the first, and most accomplished film in Ömer Lütfi
Akad's celebrated trilogy, which with
The Wedding (Dügün, 1973) and Blood Money (Diyet)
has earned a respected place in world cinema for its thematic unity. The Bride
masterfully exposes the evolution of 'little Anatolia' in Istanbul, a phenomenon
that would go on to acquire far larger dimensions.
The streets of Istanbul are paved with gold - or so people believe… The Bride
portrays the migrant mentality with disarming realism: the unfaltering
determination to build a 'present' and 'future' in the big city, even if that
means selling everything back home. And the exceptional performance of Hülya
Koçyigit in the role of Meryem reinforces the pathos. Here is a film of
'one-way' journeys: we see the young Meryem lose her ailing son as life grows
ever harsher; we follow her to the local factory, where she eventually signs on;
we watch parallel developments in the family she married into. And their
respective odysseys are central to the 'great leaps forward' of Turkish cinema
at the beginning of the 1970s.
About the Director:
Omer Lutfi Akad
Born in 1916. He studied Economics.
After working in the banking sector as production chief and accountant,
he debuted as film director with Kill the Whore (1949). With his
films, he established a unique style for Turkish cinema and became one
of the pioneers of the period called Directors' Generation. In the
seventies he realized the famous trilogy The Bride / The Wedding /
The Sacrifice which is considered his masterpiece. Afterwards,
forced by the unfavorable conditions, he withdrew from the cinema. He
directed some adaptations for TV. He taught at the Cinema and TV
Institute of the Mimar Sinan University.
- Diyet (Blood Money, 1974)
Esir Hayat (1974)
Dugun (The Wedding, 1973)
Gelin (The Bride, 1973)
Gokce Cicek (1972)
Yarali Kurt (The Wounded Wolf, 1972)
Anneler ve Kizlari (1971)
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