Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sundance 2012 | Can by Raşit Çelikezer

Loving Istanbul couple Ayşe and Cemal need only a child to complete their life together, but they cannot conceive. To salvage Cemal’s pride, they resort to illegal means to procure a baby. This wild grab at a more perfect life proves their undoing, leading the couple to spiral toward separate futures. The couple's estrangement is intertwined with the film’s parallel narrative, in which a distant and neglectful single mom is raising her little boy, Can.

Director/screenwriter Raşit Çelikezer conjures up a compelling tale about family, pride, and what we risk when we fail to value what we have. The veteran Turkish cast, including Selen Uçer (Ayşe) and Serdar Orçin (Cemal), allows our understanding of each character to evolve throughout the story. Can honors the tradition ofYeşilçam—shorthand for the golden age of Turkish cinema. As such,Can infuses its traditional premise with an inventive storytelling structure and a fresh take on family sorrows as old as time.
- H.Z.

DIRECTOR Raşit Çelikezer SCREENWRITER Raşit Çelikezer Turkey, 2011, 106 min, color, Turkish with English subtitlesPRODUCER Raşit Çelikezer COPRODUCERS Burak Akidil, Umman KüçükyılmazCINEMATOGRAPHER Ali Özel EDITOR Ahmet Can Cakirca ART DIRECTOR Ayşen Gürevin Karaytuğ MUSIC Tamer Ciray CAST Selen Uçer, Serdar Orçin, Berkan Demirbag, Erkan Avci 

BIO: Raşit Çelikezer was born in Izmir, Turkey. He holds a degree in cinema and television from Dokuz Eylül University. Çelikezer's short films, including Memories of an Ordinary Day (1996), Cocoon (1994), and Duet (1993), have screened at numerous film festivals. He has directed more than 300 episodes of 12 different series for Turkish television. His first feature, 2008's Three Apples Fell from the Sky (Gökten 3 Elma Düştü), won eight festival awards. Çelikezer's plays have been staged across Turkey and translated widely.

CONTACT: Rasit Celikezer 

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