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UCL Mellon Programme: Interdisciplinary Seminar 2008-2009

Seminar: 26 February 2009 (Chair: Dr Cüneyt Çakirlar, more ... )

Nomadic Discourses in post-90s Turkish Cinema

A screening and discussion of

Uzak (Distant) (English sub-titles)
(dir. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2002)


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s critically acclaimed film tells the story of middle-aged photographer Mahmut, who is obliged to put up in his Istanbul apartment his unemployed young cousin Yusuf, who has left his home village in search of work. Haunted by the feeling that the gap between his life and his ideals is growing, Mahmut grows increasingly irritated by his provincial young relative’s encroachment into his closed and colourless world. With great wit and subtlety, ‘Uzak’ explores the isolation of city life (from the film’s DVD synopsis).

Suggested Readings

Dönmez-Colin, Gönül. Turkish Cinema : Identity, Distance and Belonging ( London: Reaktion, 2008).

Suner, Asuman. ‘Horror of a Different Kind: Dissonant Voices of the New Turkish Cinema’, Screen 45:4, Winter 2004, pp. 305-23.

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