Yusuf is released from prison after serving a ten year sentence. He is scared of life outside as he goes to an address given to him by another prisoner. Because of unexpected problems at his sister’s house, he finds himself in an old and cheap hotel in Izmir where he meets a man, a woman and a child who will complicate his life in unexpected ways. Yusuf, who tries to survive in this new city, soon finds himself in an extraordinary love triangle. —filmpot
Zeki Demirkubuz was born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. After finishing secondary school at Gönen Teachers’ School in Isparta, he moved to Istanbul. He started high school in Istanbul, but dropped out after his first semester, going to work in factories and workshops instead. During those working class years, he engaged in leftist politics. Following the 1980 military coup he served a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization. In prison, Demirkubuz developed a passionate interest in literature. He read the classics and started writing. Dostoyevsky and especially Crime and Punishment became a lasting inspiration in those years.
After his release, he worked as a hawker, traveling from one city to another in Anatolia. In order to postpone compulsory military service, Demirkubuz decided to go back to school. He finished high school through distance learning, and entered the Department of Communications at Istanbul University. He began his film career… read more
An excellent script by director Zeki Demirkubuz which follows a recently released long incarcerated man as he struggles to make a place for himself in the world. A crime of family honour led to his jail time and he soon finds himself involved in a love triangle of sorts and as a possible salvation for a mute child. Though often putting one ill at ease the film is a masterful look at choice and behaviour.
Turkish filmmaker Zeki Demirkubuz (“Block C”) exploded onto the international scene with this extraordinary sophomore feature which won him a legion of admirers, and detractors, across Turkey as well… read review