Boston Globe - March 25, 2012

By Loren King
Globe Correspondent March 25, 2012

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Turkish delights

Audiences with less outré tastes will want to check out the Boston Turkish Film Festival, a celebration of emerging and
established Turkish filmmakers, continuing at the MFA through April 8. Besides a host of North American premieres, a
highlight of the festival will be the awarding of the sixth Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award to Tayfun Pirselimoglu. On
April 6 at 7:30 p.m., the festival will screen his 2010 film, "Hair,'' about an Istanbul wig seller whose life is upended
when a beautiful woman enters his shop with a desire to sell her hair. A discussion with Pirselimoglu follows the
screening.

Copresented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England and the MFA, the festival is programmed by
Erkut Gömülü, who first launched the event as part of Boston's Turkish Arts and Culture Festival. With the emergence
of a new generation of writers and directors in Turkish cinema, the film component grew into its own event more than
10 years ago.

One of those new voices is Dervish Zaim, whose drama "Shadows and Faces'' screens Sunday at 4 p.m. Set at the
beginning of the conflict between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus in 1963, it's about a father and daughter who are forced
to leave their small Cypriot village and live with a relative named Veli. When a Greek neighbor spots guns in Veli's
yard, tension and suspicion erupt.

Internationally acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's latest film, "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia,'' a hit at the 2011
Cannes Film Festival, screens Friday at 7 p.m. The film is a powerful examination of the suffering of children and the
recessive role of women in Turkish society.

Other notable films in this year's festival include "Future Lasts Forever'' (Saturday at 3:15 p.m.), Özcan Alper's story
of a graduate student in Istanbul who sets off for the southeastern part of the country and is brought face-to-face with
Kurdish survivors.

"Recycling Life: I Found Dostoyevsky in the Garbage'' (April 7 at 1 p.m.), directed by Enis Riza, is about a young,
homeless man whose life is changed through chance meetings with university students and collecting discarded books
found in trash cans. The film won best documentary at the 16th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film
Competition, a separate festival. On the lighter side, "Losers Anonymous'' (April 8 at 3 p.m.) is Tolga Örnek's 2011 film
based on the true story of Kaan and Mete, cohosts of the 1990s hit radio talk show "Kaybedenler Kulübü'' ("Losers'
Club'') in Istanbul.

More Boston Turkish Film Festival information: www.mfa.org.

Loren King can be reached at loren.king@comcast.net.
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