As US troops enter Afghanistan, three groups of Turkish people are gathering in three European cities (Madrid, Paris, Berlin). Each group is a microcosm of Turkish society in Europe, where these individuals are seeking — or living without — residence permission after years of living like a ghost from one country to next. Apart from their legal status, they are ordinary people facing universal conflicts that involve manhood and humiliation, insecurities and women, kinship and betrayal, superiority and self pity…Together they constitute the schizophrenic nature of the immigrant world, reminding us that they are not problems living in Europe but living people. —turkishfilmchannel.com
Inan Temelkuran was born in 1976 in Izmir, Turkey. He graduated from Ankara University Law Faculty in Turkey, TAI Film School in Madrid and Marmara University’s graduate program in Fine Arts in Istanbul. His feature debut Made in Europe (2008) won Best Director, Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival and Most Promising Director at the Ankara Film Festival. His second feature film Bornova Bornova (2009) swept the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, winning Best Film, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Turkish Film Critics’ Best Film. His feature documentary Know My Name (2012) won Best Documentary in Antalya and the Jury Special Prize, Best Editing, and Jury Special Mention in Adana.
switching between Turkish and Spanish? I feel like the first thirty minutes was made specifically for me! Some interesting scenes (the walk home at the end of the Madrid sequence for instance), yet exhausting dialogue and characters I couldn't care less about. Fatih Akin does this better.