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TIMES AND WINDS
Best Turkish Film & FIPRESCI prize Instanbul Intl Film Fest
"Hypnotic...packs a poetic-spiritual punch way beyond its placid surface" -Variety
"Times and Winds is a film bewitched by the rhythms of everyday life" -Village Voice
"An otherworldly film that feels more like a dream -- a gorgeous tapestry in which human characters are but one link in a tangled natural order" -New York Magazine
"Absorbing" -Chicago Tribune
"Erdem enchants with a pastoral revery, while taking a blunt look at how anger binds generations" -Chicago Sun-Times
"It's almost startling to discover a filmmaker so committed to formal bravado" -TimeOut Chicago
This beautifully observed film is a lyrical portrait of life in a remote Turkish mountain village, where three preteens struggle with dreams and desires that are utterly specific and personal, and yet somehow universal. Times and Winds recounts the dreams and desires of villagers whose lives are regulated by the calls to prayer that divide the day (and the film) into five sections (the Turkish title literally translates as "five times"). The main characters are three youngsters, two boys and a girl living in this strictly disciplined culture, where both animals and children are frequently beaten. In subtle touches, we witness the early sexual awakening of the three, their communion with nature and revolt against their parents. Omar, the imam's son, fantasizes about killing his father and collects scorpions, hoping that they will do the job for him. Omar's best friend Yakup has fallen in love with the beautiful schoolteacher and turns against his own father when he discovers that his dad is a Peeping Tom who has been spying on the young woman Yakup worships. The girl, Yildiz, is obliged to mother her baby brother, while her budding sexuality is troubled after she witnesses her parents making love. Times and Winds is a meditative film that emerges as one of the more thoughtful depictions of childhood and rural life in recent memory. (Tribeca Film Festival)
Directed by Reha Erdem, 2007, Turkey, 35mm, 110 mins. In Turkish with English subtitles.