Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival5th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 30 - April 28, 2006

LOVELORN ( Gonul Yarasi )

New England Premiere

Directed and written  by Yavuz Turgul
Cast: Sener Sen, Meltem Cumbul, Guven Kirac, Timucin Esen, Sumru Tilmac, Devin Ozgun Cinar, Erdal Tosun
2004, 138 minutes
In Turkish with English subtitles  
Screening Date: Saturday - April 1, 2006 at 1 p.m.  


Festivals and Awards:
  • Selected as Turkey's Official Entry to the 2006 Academy Awards 
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival, Best Actress (Meltem Cumbul)  (2006)



Idealist elementary school teacher Nazim (named after the great Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet) retires and returns home to Istanbul after 15 years of teaching in a poor, remote Kurdish village in Eastern Turkey. Politely ignored by his own children who secretly despise him for having chosen his ideals over his family, he begins a new life as a taxi driver. One night, he meets Dunya, a down-on-her-luck divorcee who works as a "singer" in a sleazy nightclub. Before he knows it, Nazim takes Dunya and her daughter in to protect them from Dunya’s stalker ex-husband Halil. Gonul Yarası (Lovelorn) features an outstanding ensemble cast, and the inimitable Sener Sen. 
"Veteran director Yavuz Turgul ("The Bandit") returns after a nine-year absence with "Lovelorn," a magnificently thesped, engrossing meller about the collateral cost of altruism. ... The magnetism of Turgul's well-delineated characters lies in their ability to suggest deep, conflicting emotions and the unexpected moral fallout that results. Turgul's characters tend to be generous and impulsive. They rarely weigh the consequences of their nobility or unbridled passion. " -- Variety

About the Director: Yavuz Turgul

Born in 1946 in Istanbul. He graduated from the Institute of Journalism in Istanbul University. He worked as a journalist for six years then began to write scripts. He won Best Screenplay Awards in Antalya Film Festival with Abbas in Flower (1982), The Agha (1986) and Muhsin Bey (1987). His debut as a director was in 1984. In 1988 he won the Special Prize of the Jury with his film Muhsin Bey (screened at the 4th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2005 as a part of the 10 Best Turkish Films) in the international competition of the Istanbul International Filmdays and also received the Special Prize of the Jury in San Sebastian. He directed The Bandit in 1996 which was a great commercial success in Turkey.
Lovelorn (Gonul Yarasi, 2005)
The Bandit (Eskiya, 1996) 
Golge Oyunu (1992)
Ask Filmlerinin Unutulmaz Yonetmeni (1990)
Muhsin Bey (1987)
Fahriye Abla (1984)


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