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WHAT'S A HUMAN ANYWAY?

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WHAT'S A HUMAN ANYWAY?

Director: Reha Erdem
Turkey   |   2004   |   124 minutes
Turkish, with subtitles in English
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FILM INFORMATION

Synopsis Set in an urban apartment building where neighbors, friends, and family are living in close quarters, the film focuses on male protagonists through whom the three phases of stepping into manhood in Turkish society are explored. Ali, suffering from temporary amnesia, is the main focus for the narrative twists in this circus-like environment. But, there is also a little boy who refuses to be circumcised, a young man who refuses to do his military service, and a 30-year-old man refusing to leave home. the nicely paced film with well-written characters is treated to director Reha Erdem's light touch and slyly amusing style without missing the opportunity to illuminate some serious points in a strictly patriarchal society.


About the Director Reha Erdem began his studies in history at Bogazilfi University in Istanbul. In 1983, he went to Paris 8 University to major in Cinema and Modern Art and completed a graduate degree. He directed his first feature film, A Ay (Oh Moon) in 1989. It received awards at the Nantes Film Festival, and was screened at the Locarno, Moscow, Vancouver and Dunkerque Film Festivals. His second feature, Kalf Para Kalf (A Run for Money, 1999) represented Turkey at the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It was featured at the Tokyo, Munich, London, Oslo, Thessaloniki and Seattle Film Festivals. Erdem was invited to direct Hizmetlfiler (The Maids) by Jean Genet for the Istanbul National Theater in 1991. He directed a short film called Deniz Tlirklisu (The Sea Song), inspired by the poem of famous Turkish poet Yahya Kemal Beyatll. Since 1990, he has directed over a hundred TV commercials. In 1993, he founded Atlantik Film production company with Omer Atay.


Available Screening Formats 35mm, DVD. Digibeta available upon request


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Featured in the Global Lens 2005 film series.




CAST

Ali - Ali Düsenkalkar
Rasih - Köksal Engür
Omit - Azru Bazam
Keten - Turgay Aydin
Neriman - Isil Vücesoy
Ipek - Senay Gürler
Ceten - Ozam Uygun
Ayetkin - Aydogan Oflu

CREW

Director - Reha Erdem
Production Company - Atlantic Film Yapim prod.
Producers - Ömer Atay
Screenwriter - Nilüfer Guungörmüs, Reha Erdem
Cinematographer - Florent Herry
Sound - Regis Leroux, Cedric Lionnet
REVIEWS

"The film is sweet, very humanistic (hence the title) and entertaining...it has the potential to please audiences all around the world." --Fipresci

FESTIVALS & AWARDS

FIPRESCI Prize, ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Golden Orange; Best Art Direction; Best Costume Design; Best Editing; Best Screenplay; Special Jury Award, ANTALYA GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL

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