The 2017 Boston Turkish Film Festival, part of the overall Boston Turkish Festival, continues today at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with two more Turkish-connected premieres.
BTFF will be happening several days a week for the next month with films that celebrate Turkish filmmakers, and will also present a series of concerts throughout the festival as well.
Today’s screenings begin with the East Coast premiere of The Half, directed by first time feature director Cagil Nurhak Avdogdu. Here’s the synopsis from the BTFF website:
The Half is the story of two halves setting out to become a whole; of the efforts made by two children to play the male-female roles that their families have, with the best of intentions, cast them in. Fidan is a 15-year-old shepherd girl. She lives in poverty with her father and two siblings in a mountainous village in eastern Turkey. Her father gives her as a bride to a family none of them knows. In return for payment… because he believes that the girl’s life can’t be any worse. The family who come to get Fidan live on the other end of the country, in the Aegean region. And they come without the groom. Fidan embarks on a long journey for the first time in her life. At the end of the journey she meets the man who will be her husband. Salih is mentally challenged.
It will be followed by the East Coast premiere of another festival award winner, My Mother’s Wound: here’s the synopsis from the BTFF website:
Upon turning 18, Salih leaves the orphanage where he has grown up and sets off to find his lost family. The quest leads him to a Serbian farm, where he begins working. Suddenly, when he least unexpected it, he has found a home. Will he ever be able to let go of the ghosts of his past and be happy in his new life? As tensions escalate, disquieting secrets bubble to the surface… A gripping tale of family, love and identity, My Mother’s Wound follows Salih as he searches for a trail of hope amongst war-torn lives.
As always, all screenings take place at the Museum of Fine Arts. Today’s films are both at the Remis Auditorium; The Half screens at 12:30 PM, My Mother’s Wound at 3:00 PM. Tickets for tonight and all the films being presented can be purchased at the MFA website. And don’t forget to check out BTFF’s official website for complete info on all the films coming up!
After taking the early part of this week off, the festival will pick up again Wednesday for more films and run throughout next weekend. Be sure to check in with eCinemaBoston each day for film and schedule information. And don’t forget – coverage of the Boston Turkish Film Festival will be a part of Subject:CINEMA‘s “Boston Springs A Fethival” two-show super weekend May 20-21 at eCinemaBoston and parent site eCinemaOne…don’t miss it!
See you with more from BTFF on Wednesday morning!