10th New York Turkish Film Festival - Mutluluk / Bliss
CONTEMPORARY TURKISH CINEMA
Based on the international bestseller by Zlf Livaneli, recipient of the 2006 Barnes & Noble New Big Author Discovery Award in Fiction (2nd Place), Mutluluk (Bliss) is about the taboo subject of honor killing. When 17-year-old Meryem is found half-naked by a lake, her family concludes that she has given up her virginity and orders her to be killed as per tradition. The task is assigned to her close relative Cemal, who has just returned from the military where he served as a commando. Sent out on a journey of death, the youngsters cross paths with İrfan Kurudal, a wealthy college professor. The encounter will be a life-changing experience for all of them.
FESTIVALS & AWARDS
2008 Cleveland International Film Festival (USA)
2008 European Council Strasbourg (France): Prix Odysse
2008 South East European Film Festival Los Angeles (USA)
2008 Seattle International Film Festival (USA)
2007 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (Turkey): Best Actress (zg Namal), Best Actor (Murat Han), Best Music, Best Sound Design, Best Make-up
2007 Funchal International Film Festival (Portugal): Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (zg Namal)
2007 Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival (France): Audience Award
2007 International Film Festival of Kerala (India): Jurys Special Prize
2007 International Istanbul Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film (National Competition)
2007 Montreal World Film Festival (Canada)
FROM THE PRESS
Why is it that honour killings have taken so long to inspire art? Despite all our protestations, these most heinous of murders, so euphemistically termed as to provoke opprobrium in itselfwomen who die at the hands of their own brothers, fathers, uncles, and sonshave curiously failed to goad artists into action. Scandalously, and for far too long, the plight of countless infractions believed to have brought shame on their families has gone unnoticed. In countries where the dishonorable act of killing in the name of honour is commonplace, the conspiracy of silence is almost deafening. That is a crime in itself. So it is uplifting to see that artists in Turkeya nation so stained by the blood of honour killings that prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan felt fit last year to issue a circular personally appealing for an end to themare finally confronting the issue. With increasing vigour acclaimed artists such as Zlf Livaneli, playwrights, novelists, singers, songwriters, documentary makers and movie directors have begun to expose such practices as never before. (...) Turkey is not the only country where women are shot, stabbed, strangled and maimed in the name of honour. But it is the first one to really tackle the taboo issue up close.
Helena Smith. Can Film Put an End to Honour Killings? The Guardian Blog Film. November 6, 2007.
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