Welcome to the screening of the film SONG of MY MOTHER by Erol Mintaş, followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Erol Mintaş is currently a MOBILE RESIDENT of Perpetuum Mobile at Safe Haven Helsinki, co-organised with HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and funded by the Helsinki City Cultural Office.
In Kurdish and Turkish with English subtitles.
The screening and Q&A will be followed by a brief set by the band
Quicksand (Mika Hämäläinen on vocals and sax, Antti Kajander on guitar and backing vocals, Juha Rastas on drums, Jari Aaltonen on keyboards and Mika Viikki on bass), a Bowie tribute, playing ”Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Sola”, ”Lazarus” and ”Aladdin Sane”.
Young teacher Ali lives with his aging mother Nigar in Istanbul’s Tarlabaşı district, home to many Kurdish immigrants since the 90’s. When the ongoing gentrification of the old city forces them to move for a second time, they end up in the soulless concrete desert of the city’s furthest outskirts. Nigar is convinced that her old neighbours have all moved back to their village in Eastern Turkey. Every morning she packs her belongings and sets out to return to her village. She roams the city, in search of her village and in search of the song that keeps returning in her dreams. All Ali can do is be kind to her; he buys her gifts, feeds her sweets, takes her on motorcycle rides and tries to help his mother find that song. Meanwhile Ali discovers that his girlfriend is pregnant and that he is not ready to become a father. Torn between the two women in his life, Ali has to choose his own path.
Mintaş Film [TR], Arizona Productions [FR], Mîtosfilm [GER]
Sarajevo Film Festival (2014), Best Film and Best Actor
Nantes 3 Continents Film Festival (2014) Silver Balloon and Audience Award
Mons Int. Love Film Festival (2015), Jury Prize and Best Actor
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2014), Best Debut Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Music
Malatya Golden Apricot Film Festival (2014), Special Jury Award, Best Script, Film Critics’ Award
Song of My Mother, Erol Mintaş first feature film, was selected for co-production markets and work-in-progress sections at Meetings on the Bridge at Istanbul IFF, Agora at Thessaloniki IFF, Sundance Script Lab and !f Istanbul. At Meetings on the Bridge, it received the post-production and distribution award. The film was supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture and CNC Cinema du Monde.
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Kino Andorra, Eerikinkatu 11 – Downstairs of Corona Bar, 19:00-21:00