WBEZ | global cinema http://www.wbez.org/tags/global-cinema Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Turkish films try to push at boundaries http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/turkish-films-try-push-boundaries-102259 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Turkish%20Cinema%20AP.jpg" style="height: 405px; width: 620px; " title="Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (AP/Joel Ryan,file)" /></div><p>Heres&#39; a contest: Name just&nbsp;<em>one</em> Turkish movie. (And here&#39;s a hint:&nbsp;<em>Midnight Express </em>doesn&rsquo;t count.)&nbsp;If your mind is a blank, don&rsquo;t despair. Turkish cinema is struggling to establish an identity. It&rsquo;s part of what <a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/turkishcinema">Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema</a><em>, </em>a series opening September 9th at the Siskel Film Center,&nbsp;is all about.&nbsp;</p><p>Like Turkey the country, Turkish cinema is multi-layered. There is a hilarious genre known as the &ldquo;Turkish Sci-Fi Rip-off Cinema,&rdquo; with such priceless characters as the Turkish Superman; Badi, the Turkish ET; and Seytan, the Turkish Terrorist.</p><p>Theirs is a broad, popular, largely melodramatic cinema. And there is a growing &ldquo;independent&rdquo; Turkish cinema, which is quite intellectual, and some of which deals with the anxieties, misaligned relationships, infidelities and betrayals of the middle-class. Its most recognized and much-awarded filmmaker is Nuri Bilge Ceylan (often referred to by Turks as &ldquo;N.B.C.&rdquo;), who has won at the Cannes Film Festival and whose most recent film is <em>Once Upon a Time in Anatolia</em>.</p><p>The films in the Landscapes program veer across a spectrum of themes and styles. In the opening weekend film <em>Love in Another Language</em>, the feisty your Zeynep works as a telemarketer in a phone boiler room and falls for Onur, a good-looking deaf-mute. Their one-night stand turns into a relationship challenged by Onur&rsquo;s unresolved past with his parents and Zeynep&rsquo;s attempts to organize her co-workers in a protest for better working conditions.&nbsp;The second opening weekend film, <em>Our Grand Despair</em>, is more oblique. Two buddies, Cetin and Ender, take in Sayin, a friend&rsquo;s grief-stricken sister, after her parents die in a car accident. Their male bond is put to a test both by having to care for an unstable young woman, and by both of them falling for Sayin.</p><p>An outstanding film in the series is <em>Polluting Paradise</em>, directed by Fatih Akin (who was born and works almost exclusively in Germany). In this documentary, Akin returns to &nbsp;his parents&rsquo; home town of Carmburnu, where a massive garbage landfill pollutes the soil, water and air and the residents fight an unmoving bureaucracy. <em>Honey</em>, directed by Semih Kaplanoglu, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. It is a beautiful, rich and sensitive portrait of a rural childhood, largely seen through the eyes of a six-year-old boy with a speech impediment, whose father keeps beehives deep in the forest.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/turkishcinema">Landscapes: A Tour of Recent Turkish Cinema</a>&nbsp;opens&nbsp;September 9th at the Siskel Film Center.</em></p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/turkish-films-try-push-boundaries-102259 Call-in: The best and worst of the year in global film http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/call-best-and-worst-year-global-film-94937 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-15/melancholia-photo-kirsten-dunst.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Today, <em>Worldview </em>turns to some major tastemakers to talk about the year in film: the best, worst, most groundbreaking, most overrated, most underrated…the works. Film contributor Milos Stehlik of <a href="http://www.facets.org/" target="_blank">Facets Multimedia</a> co-hosts.<a href="http://www.jonathanrosenbaum.com/?cat=5" target="_blank"> Jonathan Rosenbaum</a>, the longtime film critic for the Chicago <em>Reader</em>, and Tom Luddy, a movie producer and co-director of the <a href="http://telluridefilmfestival.org/" target="_blank">Telluride Film Festival</a>, also share their opinions.</p><p>Which films stood out to you? To weigh in during the live discussion, call <strong>312.923.9239</strong>. You can also tweet. Our handle is <a href="http://twitter.com/wbezworldview" target="_blank">@WBEZWorldview</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Milos Stehlik's Top Films of 2011</strong> <strong>(in no particular order)</strong></p><p>1. Turin Horse</p><p>2. A Separation</p><p>2. In Darkness</p><p>4. We Need to Talk about Kevin &nbsp;</p><p>5. Tree of Life</p><p>6. Kid with a Bike</p><p>7. Le Havre</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Milos Stehlik's favorite documentaries of 2011 (in no particular order)</strong></p><p>1.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Into the Abyss</p><p>2.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cave of Forgotten Dreams</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Jonathan Rosenbaum's top picks for 2011</strong></p><p>1. A Brighter Summer Day</p><p>2. Poetry</p><p>3. Le Quattro Volte</p><p>4. Mysteries of Lisbon</p><p>5. A Dangerous Method</p><p>6. Road to Nowhere</p><p>7. Putty Hill</p><p>8. Nostalgia for the Light</p><p>9. Cave of Forgotten Dreams</p><p>10. The Skin I Live In</p><p>11. Meek’s Cutoff</p><p>12. A Useful Life</p><p>13. Take Shelter</p><p>14. Into the Abyss</p><p>15. Go Go Tales</p><p>16. Serge Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life</p><p>17. Hugo</p><p>18. Carnage</p><p>19. My Perestroika</p><p>20. The Interrupters</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 15 Dec 2011 17:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-15/call-best-and-worst-year-global-film-94937