Friday, September 09, 2011

London Film Festival 2011 | Law of the Border

Mavi Boncuk |

London Film Festival 2011

Law of the Border 

 Tue 25 | 18:30 | NFT3

Powerful and radical smuggling drama from Turkey, starring the great Yilmaz Güney, rescued and restored by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation. The happy outcome of another rescue mission by Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Foundation, created to help archives in developing countries preserve their cinema heritage, Law of the Border marked the beginning of Turkey's 'New Cinema' movement, focusing on the country's profound social problems. Brought to light by WCF advisory board member Fatih Akin and restored by L'Immagine Ritrovata laboratory in Bologna from the wreckage of a single positive print which survived the Turkish military coup d'état in 1980, the film highlights the deprivations of daily life in South-East Turkey – lack of education, no agriculture, unemployment – and their solution: smuggling. Akad's film has the stylistic qualities of an epic Western – '...a work of great visual and dramatic force, of terrific purity and ferocity,' as Kent Jones, executive director of the WCF, puts it – and was a positive influence on the film's scriptwriter and star, Yilmaz Güney, about to make his own directing debut and become Turkey's best-known radical filmmaker and thorn in the government's side, condemned to a life of political imprisonment and eventual exile in Switzerland.

Clyde Jeavons

Law of the Border
Country: Turkey:  Running time: 74min Year :1966
Director: Ömer Lüfti Akad:  Writer: Ömer Lüfti Akad, Yilmaz Güney
Cast: Yilmaz Güney, Pervin Par, Hikmet Olgun, Erol Tas, Tuncel Kurtiz:

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