Thursday, February 01, 2007

Rotterdam 2007 | Bes Vakit - Times and Winds

Impressionist coming-of-age story about three children in a small Turkish mountain village where life follows the rhythm of the prayers. Physical changes, a crush on a female teacher and apparently loveless parents are just a few of their problems.

Times and Winds is an impressionistic mosaic of life in a Turkish mountain village and the coming of age confusions of two boys and a girl. It follows the rhythm of everyday life in the village, according to the mosque’s calls for prayers and is divided into seven chapters - the days of the week.Ömer, the son of the village imam, is confused by the changes in himself, by his feelings of loneliness and by his parents’ privileged treatment of his younger brother. Because of all of this, he secretly wishes for his father’s death. Ömer’s best friend has his own troubles and confusions, as he is secretly in love with the beautiful schoolteacher. During one of his voyeuristic trips he finds out that he is not the only one. The girl’s confusion lies in her relationship with her mother, who only has eyes for her baby. All in all, it is not easy to be this age and to be brought up by adults who seem not to be very direct towards their children. The film’s landscape and scene shots, accompanied by Arvo Pärt’s music, are breathtakingly wonderful. The film as a whole is an enriching and emotional trip for the senses. (LC)

Director Reha Erdem
Production company Atlantik Film
Sales Atlantik Film
Distributor NL Cinemien
Print source Atlantik Film
Scenario Reha Erdem
Cast Özkan Özen, Ali Bey Kayali, Elit Iscan, Bülent Emin Yarar, Taner Birsel
Photography Florent Herry
Editor Reha Erdem
ArtDesign Ömer Atay
Sound Herve Guyader, Murat Senürkmez
Music Arvo Pärt
Length 111'

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