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Turkish films to be the main focus at Guwahati International Film Festival

A bouquet of award-winning films from Turkey will be showcased in the first ever Guwahati International Film festival. It is the part of the ‘Country Focus’ of the festival which is organized by the Assam government. The festival starts from October 28 at Jyoti Chitraban and Kalakshetra in Guwahati.

Five critically acclaimed films from Turkey will be screened during the five-day festival.

Rauf, Dust Cloth, Cold of Kalandar, Ember and The Half will be screened during the maiden edition of the film festival.

“We have decided to keep Turkey as ‘Country Focus’ keeping in mind the kind of films the country is producing. We are glad to have got these beautiful films for the audience here. These films were screened in several places across the globe and now it’s our turn to watch these world-class films,” festival director Monita Borgohain told the News Mill.

Rauf directed by Barış Kaya and Soner Caner narrates the story of nine-year-old Rauf, living in a rural village under the shadow of an invisible endless war. He embarks on a journey to find the colour pink for the girl he loves – who happens to be 20-year-old daughter of the carpenter to whom he is an apprentice.

Ahu Öztürk directed ‘Dust Cloth’ portrays Nesrin and Hatun, the two Kurdish cleaning women living in Istanbul. While Nesrin tries to survive with her little daughter, trying to understand why her husband left her, Hatun dreams of buying a house in the district where they clean.

‘Cold of Kalandar’ by Mustafa Kara is a delicate depiction of struggle, and the relationship between nature, animal and human.

Zeki Demirkubuz directed ‘Ember’ focuses on the oppressive bonds between three people in today’s Istanbul — a thoughtful mother with secrets, her husband and his boss.

And Cagil Nurhak Aydogdu’s ‘The Half’ is the story of two halves setting out to become a whole of the efforts made by two children to play the male-female roles that their families have, with the best intentions, cast them in.

Monita Borgohain said that all these film have been screened in several prestigious film festivals and have won laurels including the Academy awards.

Filmmakers from Spain, Czech Republic, Sri Lanka and other countries will attend the Guwahati International Film Festival. More than 75 films from 35 countries including India will be screened during the festival.

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