Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival11th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 22 - April 28, 2012


Ecotopia - Entelkoy Efekoy'e Karsi

ECOTOPIA

Entelköy Efeköy'e Karşı

North America Premiere

 

Written and Directed by Yüksel Aksu

Cast: Şahin Irmak, Ayşe Bosse, Emin Gürsoy, Recep Yener, Nihat Kapız, Ayla Arslancan, Ümit Olcay, Hamit Demir, Engin Akın, Nejat Yavaşoğulları, Selahattin Yusuf, Claudia Roth, Yüksel Yalova

2011 / 117 min. / with English subtitles

Saturday, April 7, 2012, 3:00 p.m.

Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

SYNOPSIS

"Ernest Callenbach's futuristic novel Ecotopia, describes a model society known as 'Ecotopia' which straddles a few of the northern states of the USA. Here, the lifestyle is based upon the use of renewable energy and video conferencing; television is used for democratic purposes, monogamy is discouraged and invading forces are deterred with high-technology defence systems. In the Europe of today, the term 'ecotopia' is applied to far more modest and anarchistic communities and developments. Yüksel Aksu's 'Ecovillage' is an ecotopia where a group of city intellectuals occupy themselves with organic farming and environmental tourism as well as arts and crafts. Paying good money, they buy up some of the land owned by Efeköy, a village in the Aegean region, complete with its old stone houses, the villagers' much abused donkeys, as well as kilims, saddlebags and copperware not used by the locals. So far so good; but when the villagers, long divorced from the traditional rural way of life, are presented with the chance to make more money, things start going awry, and a conflict erupts which threatens the anarchist eco warriors' entire project. Director Yüksel Aksu constructs the film in the form of an ancient comedy; he creates powerful humour which gains in equal amount from his knowledge of the political arguments and local culture as from his command of local dialect. Ecovillage draws its strength from the text, giving precedence to dialogue over action, and Aksu has no qualms about engaging in a micro clash of civilizations. " -- Festival on Wheels

 

SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2012): Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best New Actress (Ayse Bosse)
  • Festival on Wheels, Turkey (2011)

Director YÜKSEL AKSU

Yuksel AksuYüksel Aksu was born in Muğla in 1966. He began his undergraduate studies in 1989 in Dokuz Eylül University Faculty of Fine Arts Department of Cinema-Television, where he also completed his graduate degree. Aksu, who worked in an ice cream shop when he was a child, named his first feature film "Dondurmam Gaymak" (Ice Cream I Scream). The film represented Turkey in the Academy Awards. By this film, where he gave the roles to the local people of Muğla, he gained the love of the people at the ticket windows, and received many awards in national and international festivals. Yüksel Aksu currently teaches at Istanbul University Faculty of Communications, and at Maltepe University. A few other examples for his documentaries are, "Underground Kadir ve Sinema Çetesi" (1995), "Maksat Namım Yürüsün" (1995/1996), "Canlar Canı" (1996).

 

 

 
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