Sunday, April 22, 2007

Two Turkish movies en route to NY festival

The Turkish Culture and Tourist Office in New York will send "Beş Vakit" (Times and Winds) and "Takva" (A Man's Fear of God) to the 6th Annual Tribeca International Film Festival between April 25 and May 6, reported the Anatolia news agency.

Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff founded the Tribeca Film Festival in 2002 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival aims to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and allow its filmmakers to reach the broadest possible audience through an annual celebration of film, music and culture.

"Times and Winds" features a village by the sea, with inhabitants living their lives in five time slices divided by the sound of the call to prayer. Three children, Yakup, Ömer and Yıldız, vacillate between feelings of rage and guilt. Their parents, just like all others in the village, perpetuate what they learned from their own parents: They have a hard time showing love, and they consider beating a preferred method of discipline.

In "Takva," the solitary and deeply religious main character, Muharrem, is devoted to the pious observance of his Islamic sect. But his simple and quiet life is thrown into turmoil when he is promoted to assist with the administrative tasks of his mosque. Now he is forced to make contact with new places and people that he is not ready for, and he begins to fear that God has abandoned him.

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