10th New York Turkish Film Festival - Ademin Trenleri / Adam and the Devil
CONTEMPORARY TURKISH CINEMA
On the first day of Ramadan, Hasan arrives at a railway station in the middle of the Anatolian wilderness with his young wife and daughter. He has heard that the small station community needs an imam to lead the prayer ritual and teach the children Koran during the holy month. Though a little put out by his unexpected and indeed uninvited appearance, the station folk have little choice but to let the man, his wife and child, stay in the cottage kept for the imam. Before too long, realizing how aloof the imam is with his wife and daughter and through a series of events, the townspeople decide that for all his impassioned preaching, his mellifluous calls to prayer and committed worship, Hasan is essentially a cruel and heartless man and they start to develop an almost hostile attitude towards him.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
2007 International Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film (National Competition)
2007 Turkish Film Critics Association (SIYAD) Awards (Turkey): Best Supporting Actress (Derya Alabora)
2007 Canberra International Film Festival (Australia)
2007 Taormina Film Festival (Italy)
2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkey)
FROM THE PRESS
...At this point, the film has several layers that keep getting deeper and deeper. As the plot manifests itself as a triangle of love and passion, the films approach to the complex relationships between men and women in our society starts to intrigue the audience. Hasans profession adds a new dimension to the storya new dimension that brings [Atif Yilmazs] Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim (The Girl with the Red Scarf) into our minds as we realize that Hasan is determined to oppose tradition and societys definition of honor. This well-observed love story develops as the crowded town in the background sizzles with the solid performances of the cast...
Atilla Dorsay. This Is the Love Story of Hasan and Hacer: Adam and the Devil.
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