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

 BLISS   (Mutluluk)

 

  

 

  

 

Festivals and Awards: 

* Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2007): Best Actor (Murat Han), Best Actress (Özgü Namal), Best Make-Up, Best Music, Best Sound Design
* Kerala International Film Festival, India (2007): Special Jury Prize
* Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France (2007): Audience Award
* Istanbul International Film Festival (2007)
* Cleveland International Film Festival, USA (2008)

 

Directed by Abdullah Oguz

Written by Elif Ayan based on the novel "Bliss" by Zulfu Livaneli

Cast: Özgü Namal, Talat Bulut, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran, Emin Gürsoy, Meral Cetinkaya, Lale Mansur


2007, 126 minutes, 35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles 

“When I read the book Bliss, I wanted to see the story on the silver screen. The film proceeds along the axis of a journey that brings together both modern and traditional aspects of Turkey. It tells the moving and hard-hitting story of three people, Cemal, Meryem and Irfan, who all come from different cultures. We shot Bliss in a series of stunning landscapes from the easternmost to the westernmost points of Turkey, a backdrop that underlines the poignancy of the story”. – Abdullah Oguz

“Literature brings us into contact with so many different worlds and lives so different from our own. Through literature, we can walk away from our own little world and set about understanding ‘the different’, building empathy with ‘the other’. I conceived Bliss above all as a story of personal development, of Meryem’s confrontation with customs and her maturation. Bliss is at the same time a novel that explores cultural differences as its central theme, a narrative that examines the different faces of Turkey and the perennial conflict between tradition and modernity. I see the characters of the book in the film, which makes me very happy. I think this is a very significant achievement. Abdullah Oguz has made and excellent job of depicting and putting across the essence of the novel.” – Zülfü Livaneli
     
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Filmography:

Bliss / Mutluluk (2007)
O Şimdi Mahkum (2005)
Asmalı Konak: Hayat (2003)
Estağfurullah Yokuşu" (TV mini-series, 2003)
Karaoğlan (TV mini-series, 2002)
90-60-90 (TV mini-series, 2001)

 

 

 
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