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An image from the film: Viola

Viola

Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice.

Screening with:

Rosalinda
Matías Piñeiro | Argentina | 2010 | 43m

A group of actors travel to an island in Tigre to rehearse William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Luisa, who plays Rosalind in the play, terminates a current romantic relationship over her cell phone. During preparations she alternates between rehearsing and daydreaming, and starts to slowly embody Rosalind, transforming into the object of desire of other cast members on the island. During those sun-soaked hours, love strikes between the players and the roles between actress and character confuse themselves in a rare mixing of joyful artifice and anguishing uncertainty. But once rehearsals are over and everyone returns to reality, the romantic bliss between the cast members and their own partners awakens in her a, foolish and irrepressible, desire to long and hope for a phone call.

An image from the film: Upstream Color

Upstream Color

A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.

Sundance Film Festival, 2013
Berlin International Film Festival, 2013
New Directors/New Films, 2013

"Bold, impassioned, ecstatically beautiful… in a class by itself at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival." —Scott Foundas, Village Voice

"Carruth’s ideas are among the most philosophically sophisticated in the contemporary cinema." —Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"Mind-blowing! Plunges audiences into a realm of unknown pleasures." —Steve Dollar, Wall Street Journal

An image from the film: Anton’s Right Here

Anton’s Right Here

North American Premiere!

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Critic-turned-filmmaker Lyubov Arkus finds herself becoming the key caregiver for severely autistic teen Anton Kharitonov and documents over six years, in a reflective and fascinating style, the tremendous obstacles and problems of encouraging and supporting a sensitive but barely communicative boy. What sets Arkus’s work apart from so many other documentaries addressing autism is her majestically artful filmmaking (with a huge contribution by cinematographer Alisher Khamidkhodzhaev), her exceptionally close relationship to her subject, and her powerful voice-over commentary, one of the most sublime to be heard in recent cinema.

An image from the film: Burn It Up Djassa

Burn It Up Djassa

U.S. Premiere!

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Brimming with the fateful energy of the ghetto, this cinema-vérité-shot, noir-tinged drama was shot in 11 days and created collectively by its streetwise protagonists eager to give voice to their present situation. Tony (Abdoul Karim Konate) is stuck in a rut and desperate to get out of the ghetto; the cocky youth hangs out gambling and hawking cigarettes until bad luck pushes him into an irrevocable dead-end situation. Narrated by a storyteller in Nouchi slang and set to slam poetry this vibrant snap-shot will have you cheering for cosmic justice.

An image from the film: The Color of the Chameleon

The Color of the Chameleon

New York Premiere!

Producer Bouriana Zakharieva, Writer/Producer Vladislav Todorov and Actor Ruscen Vidinliev in person at all screenings!

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Unfolding in the years before and after the fall of Communism, this black comedy about a rogue secret police informant goes down a rabbit hole into a realm of twisted absurdity. The scenario by Vladislav Todorov, adapting his 2010 novel Zincograph, centers on young misfit Batko Stamenov, who’s recruited to infiltrate…a book club. After being dropped for his strange ideas, Batko embarks on his own private investigation and targets the intellectuals of the “Club for New Thinking,” hatching a scheme that fully exposes the ludicrous reality of secret policing. With its first film at ND/NF in thirty-five years, Bulgaria is back!

An image from the film: Les Coquillettes

Les Coquillettes

North American Premiere!

All ticket holders are invited to join us for free drinks and snacks from 8:00pm - 9:00pm on March 26 before the MoMAPS1 screening of Les Coquillettes! Food by M. Wells, beer compliments of Stella Artois.

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Girls gone wild! Filmmaker Sophie brings her film and friends Carole and Camille to the Locarno Film Festival. The festival is a merry-go-round of parties, and these girls are boy crazy—when Sophie’s not stalking Louis Garrel, ineffectual attempts to hook up with unimpressed guys and emotional meltdowns ensue. Sophie Letourneur’s comedy of arrested development is a delightfully giddy, screwball lark, a self-mocking, thirty-something French counterpart to Lena Dunham’s Girls. Are Letourneur, Camille Genaud, and Carole Le Page playing themselves? Espérons que non! Travel support provided by Unifrance.

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Die Welt

North American Premiere!

Director Alex Pitstra and Producer Rosan Breman in person at all screenings!

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In his adventurous and smart debut feature, director Alex Pitstra announces himself as a neo-Tarantino; or to be more precise, the director's stand-in in the film (played by affable newcomer Abdelhamid Naouara) is a Tarantinoesque, head-strong twentysomething working in a video store. But the parallel with the more senior filmmaker does not end with character homage, Pitstra also employs a full arsenal of well-honed cinematic techniques and references to explore a life that he imagines he could have lived. Born of a Dutch mother and an absent Tunisian father, the director sets his story in a post-Jasmine Revolution Tunisia. He follows the young Abdallah as he dreams of leaving behind the video store and his conservative surroundings for the alluring promise of Europe. Based loosely on his own father's story of coming to Holland with a Dutch woman, (even casting him as the father in the film), Pitstra's semi-autobriographical voyage of discovery is set against the back drop of a contemporary, yet still very traditional Tunisia which itself is trying to find a way forward in the world.

An image from the film: Jiseul

Jiseul

New York Premiere!

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As part of a brutal anticommunist purge of the island of Jeju in 1948, Korean troops hunt down the inhabitants of a village caught in the crossfire. The villagers hide out in a mountain cavern, enduring an extended ordeal of cold and hunger, 120 souls crammed together below ground like the potatoes alluded to in the film’s title. Recounting a forgotten chapter in postwar Korean history, Jeju native O Muel draws out amazing performances from his nonprofessional cast, in an austere, beautifully composed, and deliberately paced requiem.

An image from the film: Soldate Jeannette

Soldate Jeannette

New York Premiere!

Director Daniel Hoesl in person at all screenings!

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Fanni buys clothes from an upscale boutique and lives in a beautifully appointed apartment. But something—well, everything—seems askew in her world, and she leaves town when her games with commerce are discovered. Hiking through the mountains, she encounters Anna, a young woman who has spent her life on a pig farm. Their worlds could collide—or they could help each other find brave new ones. In his first feature, director Daniel Hoesl fashions an absurdist morality play that pits an urban, manufactured world against nature. Travel support provided by the Austrian Cultural Forum.

An image from the film: They’ll Come Back

They’ll Come Back

North American Premiere!

Director Marcelo Lordello in person at all screenings!

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In this gentle, understated drama, an upper-middle-class 12-year-old learns how Brazil’s other half lives when she and her sullen older brother are left behind by their parents in a rural backwater. Soon, Cris (ably played by Maria Luiza Tavares, who carries the film from beginning to end) is taken in by a family living in a squatter farming community, where she waits for mom and pop to return. And waits and waits. Another fine debut from the Recife film scene, source of last year’s ND/NF hit Neighboring Sounds. Travel support provided by Ancine.

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Tower

New York Premiere!

Director Kaz Radwanski and Producer Dan Montgomery in person at all screenings!

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For his feature debut, Kazik Radwanski has opted to train his camera with great intensity and control on a character who utterly lacks a center or direction, even an identity. In his mid-thirties yet still living at home with his parents, Derek (Derek Bogart) struggles to make a small animation about a green creature building rock towers. He can’t maintain any real friendships, let alone romantic involvements, until he encounters Nicole (Nicole Fairbairn), who offers a glint of promise. Radwanski‘s single-minded vision suggests filmmaking of uncommon discipline combined with unmistakable empathy. Travel support provided by Telefilm Canada.

An image from the film: Jards

Jards

North American Premiere! Director Eryk Rocha and Actor Jards Macalé in person at all screenings!

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The celebrated composer and musician Jards Macalé is in the recording studio where director Eryk Rocha captures him in a wide variety of poses and states of creating, imaginatively varying style and shooting formats. Fashioning an intimately attuned portrait of an artist, Rocha uses his camera as an instrument to riff with Jards in a poetic exchange between images and music. The repetitive, time-stopping process of rehearsal and the flow of energy between the two art forms create an elegiac vision of the creativity of some of Brazil’s most beloved singers and musicians. Travel support provided by Itaú Cultural.

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Leones

North American Premiere!

Director Jazmin Lopez in person at all screenings!

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Is this a story about five friends wandering through a forest, or is it about a forest that receives five visitors? In this metaphysical trance film, the verdant environment is as much a character as the youngsters, enfolding them as they move through it, their playful banter, word games, and ruminations filling the air. In a succession of long takes, a gliding camera follows this enigmatic hike to nowhere. Nothing is what it seems, but a malfunctioning tape recording may contain an explanation. Travel support provided by the Consulate General of Argentina in New York.

An image from the film: People’s Park

People’s Park

New York Premiere!

Directors JP Sniadecki and Libbie Dina Cohn in person at all screenings!

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An immersive, inquisitive visit to the People’s Park in Chengdu, China, this film was created in a single virtuoso tracking shot. The joys of communal play, exercise, and leisure time come under intense scrutiny from the relentless gaze of the directors' lens, creating alternate states of unease and exhilaration.

An image from the film: Rengaine

Rengaine

US Premiere!

Director Rachid Djaïdani and Producer Anne-Dominique Toussaint in person at all screenings!

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The French title of this no-budget urban drama translates as “refrain,” and repetition is what it embodies—in this case the well-worn story of Romeo and Juliet. Sabrina (Sabrina Hamida) accepts the marriage proposal of struggling actor Dorcy (Stéphane Soo Mongo), but Dorcy is a black Christian and Sabrina a Muslim Arab. Her eldest brother, Slimane (Slimane Dazi), enlists the 39 “brothers” in their extended clan to prevent the taboo union. Shot in the streets, this film is part love letter to the irresistible energy of Paris, part call for interracial tolerance. Travel support provided by Unifrance.

An image from the film: The Shine of Day

The Shine of Day

New York Premiere!

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Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel have amply demonstrated, with their previous semi-fictional, semi-documentary films, a generous perspective on people struggling at the fringes of showbiz—namely, the circus. In their latest film, vagabond performer Walter Saabel embraces what he calls “Der Glanz des Tages” (the shine of day) as a personal North Star. His nephew, the great theater actor Philipp Hochmair, finds Walter arriving at his Hamburg home unannounced, and the two begin a fascinating, testy, and wholly unpredictable relationship.

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Ouverture
Bracey Smith and Neil Dvorak | 2013 | USA | 5m

This animated film poetically portrays the musicality of life, loss, and family relationships.

An image from the film: Towheads

Towheads

North American Premiere!

Director Shannon Plumb in person at all screenings!

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The Brooklyn mother of two boys and the wife of a harried theater director, Penelope barely has time to stay sane, much less create art. She finds comic relief from domestic drudgery by inhabiting the world in guises—drag king, pole dancer, Santa Claus—managing to find moments of grace even on thankless days. Accomplished video and performance artist Shannon Plumb makes a wincingly funny feature debut that strikes awfully close to home. The writer-director stars opposite her real-life husband (Derek Cianfrance, director of Blue Valentine) and her talented, towheaded sons (Cody and Walker Cianfrance).

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 2

ND/NF Shorts Program 2

New York Premieres!

Taboulé Director Richard Garcia, Pirate of Love Director Sara Gunnarsdottir, Flamingos Director Francesca Coppola, Ararat Director and Actor Engin Kundağ and Claudio Schulz-Keune, and Take a Deep Breath Director and Actor Basak Buyukcelen and Celal Kadri Kinoglu in person at all screenings!

Taboulé
Richard Garcia | 2011 | Spain | 4m

How can you measure trust? A story about secret codes. New York Premiere!

The Pirate of Love
Sara Gunnarsdottir | 2012 | Iceland/USA | 10m

A filmmaker chases the legends surrounding a CD of popular Reykjavik love songs, supposedly written by a lovelorn trucker in Canada. New York Premiere!

Flamingos / I Fenicotteri
Francesca Coppola | 2012 | Italy | 15m

Father and daughter share a sentimental moment, but trouble boils under the surface. North American Premiere!

Sequin Raze
Sarah Gertrude Shapiro | 2013 | USA | 20m

A reality-show contestant tries to protect herself from the psychological onslaught of one of the producers.

Ararat
Engin Kundag | 2012 | Germany/Turkey | 26m

A man tries to keep the peace in his brother’s home after a ten-year absence.

Take a Deep Breath / Derin Nefes Al
Basak Buyukcelen | 2012 | Turkey | 8m

When a teenager’s parents take her to see a gynecologist, her life takes an unexpected turn.

An image from the film: Our Nixon

Our Nixon

Closing Night! New York Premiere!

Director Penny Lane in person at all screenings!

The 7:00pm screening is currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Tickets may be released to the standby line on a first come, first serve basis. For email updates about ticket availability, sign up here.

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As President Richard Nixon tape-recorded his conversations for posterity, so his devoted aides—H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and Dwight Chapin—shot hundreds of rolls of Super-8 film documenting the presidency. Filmmakers Penny Lane and Brian L. Frye have edited this footage—virtually unseen since the FBI seized it during the Watergate investigation—and interwoven it with period news footage and pop culture, excerpts from the Nixon tapes, and contemporary interviews. Our Nixon offers an unprecedented, insider’s view of an American presidency, chronicling watershed events including the Apollo moon landing and the path-breaking trip to China, as well as more intimate glimpses of Nixon in times of glory and disgrace.

An image from the film: Emperor Visits the Hell

Emperor Visits the Hell

U.S. Premiere!

Director Luo Li in person at all screenings!

March 21: Online ticket sales end at 4:00pm. Tickets will still be available at the MoMA Film Desk.

Online sales for screenings at MoMA end three hours prior to showtime. Any remaining tickets will be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning 30 minutes before showtime.

Winner of the Dragons & Tigers Award for Young Cinema at the Vancouver Film Festival, Li’s crafty reworking of part of the 16th-century Chinese novel Journey to the West is one of the most inspired recent works from an independent Chinese filmmaker. Emperor Li Shimin is now a bureaucratic boss in a big city, where the crooked Dragon King’s attempt to change the weather has backfired and condemned him to death. Li pulls the rug out from under everyone, from the audience to those whose power has gone to their heads.

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 3

ND/NF Shorts Program 3

New York Premieres!

Chiralia Director Santiago Gil and Screenwriter/Producer France Orsenne, and The Village's Liliana Sulzbach, Vicente Saldanha, Tommy McKay, and Cesar Graef in person at all screenings!

Chiralia
Santiago Gil | 2013 | Germany | 26m
A boy’s disappearance at a wooded lake leads to a questioning of memory and perception. New York Premiere!

The Village / A Cidade
Liliana Sulzbach | 2012 | Brazil | 25m

A small village’s inhabitants are all elderly, and no one new is moving in. New York Premiere!

To Put Together a Helicopter / Para armar un helicóptero
Izabel Acevedo | 2012 | Mexico | 35m

When summer rains bring power outages to his neighborhood, 17-year-old Oliverio comes up with an ingenious solution. North American Premiere!

An image from the film: A Hijacking

A Hijacking

New York Premiere!

Director Tobias Lindholm and Producer René Ezra in person at all screenings!

The March 22 screening is currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Any available tickets will be released to the line on a first come, first serve basis.

Online sales for screenings at MoMA end three hours prior to showtime. Any remaining tickets will be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning 30 minutes before showtime.

On its way to harbor, cargo ship MV Rozen is seized by pirates in the Indian Ocean. Moving between claustrophobic life on the ship and negotiations by the freight company in Denmark, Lindholm creates a climate of unbearable tension with an unexpected climax. The narrative is based on a true event, and his use of actual locations and people who have been in similar situations create palpable authenticity. Augmented by a terrific cast, Lindholm explores the danger of the disparity between impoverished nations and the developed world. A Magnolia Films release. Travel support provided by the Danish Film Institute.

An image from the film: L’Intervallo

L’Intervallo

New York Premiere!

Director Leonardo di Costanzo in person at all screenings!

Online sales for screenings at MoMA end three hours prior to showtime. Any remaining tickets will be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning 30 minutes before showtime.

Winner of the Critics’ Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival, this portrait of two adolescents thrown together under the eye of the Neapolitan Camorra has an air of menace and sexual tension. A shy ice-cream vendor (Alessio Gallo) guards a feisty girl (Francesca Riso) who has allegedly wronged a local gangster. Holed up in an abandoned building, they warily share dreams of escaping their fate. Director Di Costanzo brings documentary realism and a poetic eye to this quietly intense drama; his nonprofessional actors give beautifully shaded performances in Neapolitan dialect. Travel support provided by Cinecittà Luce.

An image from the film: Stories We Tell

Stories We Tell

New York Premiere!

Director Sarah Polley in person at all screenings!

The March 29 screening is currently standby only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Any available tickets will be released to the line on a first come, first serve basis.

Online sales for screenings at MoMA end three hours prior to showtime. Any remaining tickets will be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning 30 minutes before showtime.

What is real? What is true? What do we remember, and how do we remember it? Actor/director Sarah Polley turns from fiction to nonfiction, in the process cracking open family secrets. Using home movies, still photographs, and interviews, Polley delves into the life of her mother, a creative yet secretive woman. But while she is talking to her own relatives, Polley’s interest lies in the bigger picture of what families hold onto as truth. Stories We Tell is a delicately crafted personal essay about memory, loss, and understanding. A Roadside Attractions release.

An image from the film: Viola

Viola

New York Premiere!

Director Matías Piñeiro in person at all screenings!

Matías Piñeiro is one of contemporary Argentine cinema’s most sensuous and sophisticated new voices. In his latest film, Viola, he ingeniously fashions out of Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night a seductive roundelay among young actors and lovers in present-day Buenos Aires. Mixing melodrama with sentimental comedy, philosophical conundrum with matters of the heart, Viola bears all the signature traits of a Piñeiro film: serpentine camera movements and slippages of language, an elliptical narrative and a playful confusion of reality and artifice. A Cinema Guild release.

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The Search for Inspiration Gone.
Ashley Michael Briggs | 2012 | UK | 9m
Combining animation, special effects, and live action, this silent film asks: will a writer who searches for inspiration find it in help or hindrance?

An image from the film: ND/NF Shorts Program 1

ND/NF Shorts Program 1

New York Premieres!

Southwest Director Jordi Wijnalda, What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? Director Sofia Babluani, Everything Near Becomes Far Director Mauricio Arangof, and Stampede Director Cyril Schäublin in person at all screenings!

Wonderland
Peter Kerek | 2012 | Romania | 21m

As a mother seeks to improve life for her family, her son explores the cavernous rooms of a stranger’s house—perhaps costing the two of them a better future.

Southwest
Jordi Wijnalda | 2013 | USA/Turkey | 16m

In southwest Turkey, a Dutch woman helps save the lives of illegal immigrants but is forced to confront the unattended needs of those who love her. World Premiere!

What Can I Wish You Before the Fight? / Que puis-je te souhaiter avant le combat?
Sofia Babluani | 2012 | France | 16m

A touching story about a case of mistaken identity and communication that transcends barriers. US Premiere!

Everything Near Becomes Far
Mauricio Arango | 2011 | USA/Colombia | 10m

The peaceful daily rhythm of a farmer is violently interrupted in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful Andean mountains. US Premiere!

Stampede
Cyril Amon Schäublin | 2012 | Germany | 20m

A masterful short that articulates the moment when a city and its crowds create chaos and claustrophobia.

An image from the film: Blue Caprice

Blue Caprice

Opening Night! New York Premiere!

Director Alexandre Moors and cast members Isaiah Washington, Tim Blake Nelson, and Cassandra Freeman in person!

7:00pm + 8:00pm: Standby Only. A standby line will form at the box office one hour prior to showtime. Any available tickets will be released to the line on a first come, first serve basis.

9:30pm: Online ticket sales end at 5:00pm. Tickets may be available at the MoMA Film desk beginning at 8:00pm.

The ability of innocence to embrace evil is a chillingly reality. When the mechanisms of perpetrating that evil are close at hand and easily mastered, inhumane terror follows. Alexandre Moors's taut debut feature explores the impulse to commit murder, following  two snipers, the elder John and 17-year old Lee, who orchestrate an insidious act of gun violence that is seemingly torn from the front pages.

Lee, a wayward Carribbean youth abandoned by his mother, is taken in and nurtured by John, who is also struggling with the loss of family after an angry divorce.  The older man becomes a mentor and minister to his charge, preaching hate for a system bent towards injustice and teaching him how to channel his anger through marksmanship. As their relationship develops, trust and blind loyalty grow. It comes at the expense of what would seem to be common-sense concern about immoral instruction, once Lee is sent out to murder his mentor's perceived enemies. The moment that death is demonstrated to be mundane in his mind, the path to random acts of violence is very slippery for the young man. As masterfully performed by Isaiah Washington and newcomer Tequan Richmond, the two characters at the center of the story are disturbingly human in a way that should not be possible for the "monsters" they become. When the title "character," a lumbering old Chevy Caprice, enters the picture there is no stopping John and his charge from engaging in their rampage. Director Moors and screenwriter R.F.I. Porto navigate the violence inherent in the story discreetly, focusing on the inner origins of evil rather than creating another glamorized gun story. Luminously photographed and powerfully told, Blue Caprice is as essential a film as there could be for our times.

An image from the film: Küf

Küf

North American Premiere!

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A railroad inspector spends his days in the gorgeous Anatolian outback looking for cracks on the line and his evenings writing letters to the government looking for news about his son who disappeared 18 years ago. Basri (Ercan Kesal) fights bureaucracy and secrecy in the person of police inspector Murat (Muhammet Uzuner) and the spellbinding character study, with shades of Raskolnikov, is completed by a third man, Cemil, whose anti-social behavior begs confrontation. As tension mounts Aydin shows his considerable talent bringing this poignant tale to its heartbreaking finale. Winner of the Lion of the Future Award at the Venice Film Festival 2012. Travel support provided by the Moon and Stars Project of the American Turkish Society.