Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival7th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 27 - May 11, 2008

 TIMES AND WINDS (Bes Vakit)

  

 

 

 

      

  
Festivals and Awards: 

* Tribeca Film Festival (2007)
* Vesoul International Asian Film Festival, France (2007): Emile Guimet Award by the Asian National Arts Museum of Paris 
* Bucharest Film Festival (2007): CineBlackSea Best Director
* Nürnberg Turkey / Germany Film Festival (2007): Special Mention for Directing, Young Jury's Award 
*  International Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier, France (2006): Golden Antigone Mention, Nova Award, Young People's Award 
* Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival, Germany (2006): Special Mention for Photography
* Istanbul International Film Festival, National Competition (2006): Best Turkish Film, FIPRESCI Award
* SIYAD - Cinema and Film Critics Association – 39th Turkish Cinema Awards, Turkey (2006): Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography
* Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2006): Best Turkish Film, Best Supporting Actor (Bülent Emin Yarar), Best Promising Actor (Ali Bey Kayalı), Best Promising Actress (Elit İşcan) 




 
    
  

 

Directed and written by Reha Erdem

Cast: Özkan Özen, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bülent Emin Yarar, Taner Birsel, Yigit Özsener, Selma Ergec, Tarik Sönmez, Köksal Engür, Tilbe Saran, Sevinc Erbulak , Nihan Asli Elmas, Cüneyt Türel 


2006, 111 minutes, 35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles 

 


A small, poor village leaning over high rocky mountains, facing the immense sea, flanked by olive yards. 

Villagers are simple and diligent people who struggle to cope with a harsh nature. They earn their living, on a daily survival basis, out of the earth and of a few animals they feed. 

Just like the animals and trees around them, they have the knowledge of their temporary existence, hence a sober resignation prevails. 

They live according to the rhythm of the earth, air and water, day and night and seasons. 

The daily time is divided into five parts by the sound of the call to prayer. Every day, all human events are lived through within these five time slices. 

In child raising, grownups go on with the practice they have experienced by their parents. They expose their love awkwardly and consider beating a favorable method. Fathers always prefer one of their sons. Mothers command their daughters ruthlessly. 

Ömer, Yakup and Yıldız, three children of about 12,13 years old, just between childhood and youth, are the prominent characters in this movie of five times. 

Ömer, the son of the imam, wishes hopelessly for the death of his father. When he understands that wishful thinking does not have any concrete results, he begins to search for childish ways to kill his father. He shares his guilty thoughts with his friend Yakup. 

Children study in the village school consisting of only one classroom. Families show their gratitute to the young woman teacher by giving her presents -the bread they cook themselves, the milk of their own sheep. 

Yakup is in love with his teacher. He hides his guilty feelings even from his best friend Ömer. When some day he sees his father spying the teacher, he dreams, like Yakup, of killing his father. 

Yıldız both studies and tries to manage the household works imposed by her own mother. She tries to be a mother for her baby brother. On the other hand, she learns with irritation about the secrets of the relationship between men and women. 

Five times elapse. 

Children, oscillating between rage and guilt, grow up slowly. 

Ömer gives up killing his father. 

Stuck between love and hate, he cries desperately. 


      

 

     
  Director REHA ERDEM:


Left his history studies at Istanbul Bosphorus University in 1983 to study cinema in Paris. He graduated from Cinema Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his M.A. in Plastic Arts at the same university. 

Shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon (A Ay) in 1989 as a French-Turkish co-production. The Film was nominated for The European Film Academy Awards in 1990. It was awarded at the Nantes Film Festival. It was also screened in Locarno, Moscow, Vancouver, and Dunkerque Film Festivals. It was selected The Best Film of The Year by the Turkish Writers' Association. 

“Run for Money” (Kaç Para Kaç), his second feature-length film (1999) was selected as the official submission from Turkey for the Foreign Language Academy Awards. The film competed in Tokyo Film Festival and participated in Münich, London, Göteborg, Oslo, Thessaloniki, Jerusalem, Washington D.C., Palm Springs, New Delhi, Montpellier, and Seattle Film Festivals. 

Reha Erdem shot his third film “Mommy, I'm Scared” (Korkuyorum Anne) in 2004. The film was first screened at 23rd International Istanbul Film Festival and received FIPRESCI Award, and also participated in several international film festivals including Göteborg, Copenhagen, Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival and Stuttgart Turkish Film Festival. In Turkey, the film received awards at all the festivals it participated; Ankara Film Festival: Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Promising Actor. Altın Koza (Golden Cocoon) Adana Film Festival: Jury's Special Prize, Best Script, Best Supporting Actress. Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) Antalya Film Festival: Best Script, Best Third Film, Best Costume, Best Art Direction, Best Editing. 

His latest film “Times and Winds” (Beş Vakit) did its world premiere at the 25th Istanbul International Film Festival and received FIPRESCI and The Best Turkish Film Award. Afterwards it attended the Adana Golden Boll Film festival and won Best Turkish Film, so as Best Promising Actor (Ali Bey Kayalı), Best Promising Actress (Elit İşcan) and Best Supporting Actor (Bülent Emin Yarar). Afterwards it attended film festivals aboard and received a Golden Antigone – Mention, Nova Award and Young People's Award at the 28th Montpellier International Festival of Mediterranean Films, following by a Special Mention for the Photography at the 55 th Mannheim- Heidelberg Film Festival. Also Times and Winds received 3 awards (Best Director, Best Film and Best Cinematography) from the Turkish Cinema and Film Critics Association. 

The US Premier was at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received splendid reviews as well as the attention of the distributors. 

Reha Erdem also has short films and directed a theater play: He staged Maids (Les Bonnes) by Jean Genet at the Istanbul National Theater in 1991 with a unique interpretation. 

Filmography:

Hayat var / Follow My Ruin (in preparation)
Ekim'de Hic Bir Kere / Anytime in October (short, 2006) 
Bes Vakit / Times and Winds (2006)
Korkuyorum Anne / Mommy, I'm Scared (2004)
Kac Para Kac / Run for Money (1999)
Deniz Türküsü / Song of the Sea (short, 1995)
A Ay / Oh Moon (1989)

 

 
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