Wednesday | 15.07.20

Monthly Screenings

Turkish Film Week 2019

This program, showcasing some of the best of Turkish cinema, presents a unique insight into Turkey, past and present, and aims to showcase, through the prism of cinema, the challenges Turkey faces today. The films will be accompanied by short lectures (in Heb.)

Against the Wind

Opening remarks: Dr. Assaf David / A musical performance of songs from the oral tradition of the villages of Turkey / Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Tsameret Levy-Daphny on ruralism and femininity in the Turkish countryside


Dir.: Guillaume Giovanetti, Çagla Zencirci
| 95 minutes

Sibel is a mute young woman living in a secluded village in north Turkey. She is seen by the villagers as a bad omen and tries to spend her time far from others. When she meets an injured refugee, Sibel’s life turns upside-down. 

Searching for Terrorism in House

Speaker (in Heb.): Rami Daniel on the government's war against its enemies after the coup attempt and its influence on Turkish society

The Element of Crime

Dir.: Süleyman Arda Eminçe
| 81 minutes

Two young men in Istanbul are awakened by loud knockings on their door. It’s the police. With one location and an exceptional cast, the film presents an effective, high paced and somewhat amusing portrait of Turkey today.

A World Built. A World Destroyed

Speaker (in Heb.): Omei Eilat on Turkey, globalization and the refugee crisis


Dir.: Ali Vatansever
| 102 minutes

As entrepreneurs plan to demolish a poor neighborhood in Istanbul in favor of high-rises, Kamil and Remziye find themselves at the risk of losing their home. Now, the two will do whatever they can to secure their future.

The Pear Has Fallen Far from the Tree

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Tsameret Levy-Daphny on Nuri Bilge Ceylan and new art house Turkish cinema 

The Wild Pear Tree

Dir.: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
| 188 minutes

Sinan returns home to raise money for the publication of his first novel. But his parents’ relationship is on the rocks and his flamboyant, gambling father is deep in debt. A work that is no less than a masterpiece.

On the Way to NATO, Stop in Korea

Speaker (in Heb.): Dr. Nadav Solomonovich on Turkey’s involvement in the Korean War

Ayla: The Daughter of War

Dir.: Can Ulkay
| 124 minutes

In 1950, Turkey joined the UN’s taskforce in the Korean War. Sergeant Suleyman stumbles upon an orphaned Korean girl and the two form a strong bond. 50 years later, the past comes back in a surprising way.

Seeing Bosporus, Even from a Far

Speaker (in Heb.): Orel Beilinson on how Orhan Pamuk planted Istanbul in the heart of the world 

Orhan Pamuk: A Strange Mind

Dir.: Jill Nicholl
| 68 minutes

Nobel Prize–winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk hosts BBC’s Alan Yentob in his beloved city of Istanbul. Despite angering the Turkish government and almost being forced into exile, Pamuk continues to live in the city, his greatest source of inspiration.