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16th Jecheon International Music & Film Festival

Turkey | 2006 | 106min | COLOR | Drama | Musical


What will happen when street musicians play ‘the Internationale’, the former national anthem of the Soviet Union, in front of the Turkish military council? alludes to the direct and indirect effects of the Turkish military coup of September 1980 through the tragicomic tale of the violinist Abuzer, his daughter Gulendam, and the young revolutionist Haydar, who all live in Adiyaman. Since the coup, nothing is the same. Street musicians have been officially banned from performing, but they continue to amuse the locals by running a mobile nightclub in a truck until they are caught and arrested. However, the regional commanding officer assigns Abuzer and his band to form a regular band. Now the head of a modern orchestra, Abuzer catches his daughter listening to songs in secret. He composes a march that his friends practice in preparation for a welcoming ceremony for the generals. < International>, a winner of multiple awards including best actress at the 26th Istanbul International Film Festival and best film at the Ankara International Film Festival, is highly acclaimed by critics for its irresistible story. The film demonstrates the power of Turkish cinema, a national cinema still largely unfamiliar to global audiences but quickly on the rise.

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Sirri Sureyya Onder, Muharrem

Sirri Sureyya Onder works as a scriptwriter, story constructor and consultant for feature films and television series. < International> is his first feature film as both a writer and director. He currently teaches writing and story construction at the Istanbul based scriptwriting centre ‘Senaryo Studyosu’. Muharrem Gulmez graduated from the Film and Television Department of Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir. Since 1990, he has worked as assistant director and producer for many local and international feature films and television series. < International>, which he co-directed with Sirri Sureyya Onder, is his debut feature film.

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