35 mm. / 2008 / 91 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles
The debut feature of Seyfi Teoman, Summer Book, tells the story of one family in a small Mediterranean town in summer. Told mostly from the perspective of the youngest son Ali, the narrative is structured on the tensions between the father, Mustafa, and other members of the family. Mustafa is an authoritarian lemon merchant but when he experiences a cerebral hemorrhage the whole family is forced to accept new responsibilities. Summer Book escapes the clichés of sun-soaked provincial frivolity and focuses on the dramatic potential of non-dramatic moments in life.
SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Taormina Film Festival, Italy: Special Jury Prize (2008)
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey: National Competition Best Film and FIPRESCI Awards (2008)
Artfilm International Film Festival, Slovak Republic: Blue Angel Best Film Award (2008)
Palic International Film Festival, Serbia: Gorki List Tolerance FIPRESCI Special Mention Award (2008)
Montreal World Film Festival, Canada: First Films World Competition Bronz Zenith Award (2008)
Berlin Film Festival - Forum, Germany: World Premiere (2008)
Granada Film Festival, Spain (2008)
Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, Brazil (2008)
Films from the South Festival, Norway (2008)
Gent Film Festival, Belgium (2008)
Chicago Film Festival, U.S.A. (2008)
Leeds Film Festival, U.K. (2008)
Festival on Wheels, Turkey (2008)
Director SEYFI TEOMAN
Seyfi Teoman was born in Kayseri, Turkey in 1977. After graduating from
Bosphorus University Economics Department, he studied film making in Poland’s National School of Cinema. His first film was a short, Apartment (Apartman, 2004), received many awards and was screened in many national and international film festivals. In 2005, Teoman won
Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Hubert Bals Fund for his screenplay of Summer Book (Tatil Kitabi). In 2008, Summer Book had its world premiere at the 58th Berlin
Film Festival Forum, as the only Turkish film accepted that year to the Festival. Summer Book (Tatil Kitabi) also received Best Film and FIPRESCI Awards at the 27th International Film Festival's national competition. Seyfi Teoman's second feature film Our Grand Despair (Bizim Buyuk Caresizligimiz, 2011), an adaptation from Barış Bıçakçı's novel with the same title, was selected to the competition section of the 61st Berlin Film Festival in 2011. Seyfi Teoman was the co-producer of Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardi, 2011), which recently has been receiving many awards in film festivals. Seyfi Teoman sadly passed away on May 8, 2012 after a tragic traffic accident. Boston Turkish Film Festival remembers him with respect and gratitude for his contributions to Turkish cinema.
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