18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019

HALEF

North America Premiere

Halef

Directed by Murat Düzgünoğlu

Cast: Muhammet Uzuner, Baran Şükrü Babacan, Güler Ökten, Muhammed Cangören

2018 / 104 min. / with English subtitles

Returning home to Adana to help his mother with the orange harvest, Mahir meets an unexpected guest: Halef, who believes he is the reincarnation of Mahir’s long-dead older brother. Although Mahir tries to keep his distance, events conspire to bring them together, and details given by Halef about their childhood confuse Mahir even further. In a world that is surrounded by mysticism, dervish convents, and healing stones, this is the story of two brothers who follow contrasting trajectories as they lose their bearings in life. And it ends where it all began.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Boğaziçi Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Muhammet Uzuner)
  • Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Film-Yön Best Director Award, Best Actor (Şükrü Babacan)
  • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia (2018)
  • Adana International Film Festival, Turkey (2018)
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2018)
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2018)

Director MURAT DÜZGÜNOĞLUMurat Duzgunoglu

Murat Düzgünoğlu (Istanbul, 1969) studied Cinema & TV at Mimar Sinan and Marmara Universities. Between 2003 and 2006 he directed 10 television films. In 2008, he made his debut feature, The Salt of Life (Hayatın Tuzu), which won the Special Jury Prize at Bursa Silk Road Film Festival. His next feature film, Why Can’t I Be Tarkovsky (Neden Tarkovski Olamıyorum) received many awards and was screened at national and international film festivals. His filmography includes; Halef (2018), Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky (Neden Tarkovski Olamıyorum, 2014), Cacaphony (Kakafoni, co-director; short, 2012 – Boston Turkish Festival Documentary & Short Film Competition Finalist), The Story of a Road: The Alevis (Bir Yolun Öyküsü: Aleviler, doc., 2010), The Salt of Life (Hayatın Tuzu, 2009), Anatolia Dresses the Gods (Tanrıları Giydiren Anadolu, 1997).

 

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