Saturday, May 14, 2005

Encounter/Karsilasma (2003)

ENCOUNTER (Karsilasma)

Directed by Omer Kavur; Screenplay by Omer Kavur and Macit Koper; Cast: Uğur Polat, Lale Mansur, Çetin Tekindor,
İsmail Hacıoğlu. 2003, 124 minutes

Synopsis: Sinan and Mahmut meet at the therapy sessions of a fatal disease. Sinan, an architect, holds himself responsible for the death of his son in a motorcycle accident.

As for Mahmut, he runs a gambling house and is in shady business, he suffers from a crime committed in his youth and now is inclined to end of his life. However, news about a person he is in search for causes him to leave Istanbul. Sinan senses that the one Mahmut seeks is a young woman whose photograph he has seen.

A short while later news of Mahmut arrives, he has been victim of an unresolved murder.

Sinan goes to the island where his friend was killed to try to find out the truth about the murder. Here, he first meets a young man in whom he finds the image of his lost son and then the woman on the photograph.

For Sinan, walking the thin line between life and death, a new life is offered on the island. This is almost a miracle.

Festivals and Awards: Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Young Actor (Ismail Hacioglu), People's Jury Award, the 40th Gold Orange Film Festival, Antalya, 2003; Screened in the Chicago Film Festival.
Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival - nominated Golden Dolphin 2004; Istanbul International Film Festival - Nominated best turkish film 2003; Montréal World Film Festival - nominated Grand prix des Amériques 2003.

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