BSAF 2018: Boston Turkish Film Festival, Day Twelve

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! As we told you a couple weeks back, spring is the busiest season for film festivals in Metro Boston. But this year is especially crazy, because FIVE of the festivals were running their programming on the same weekend. Now, that weekend has passed, and we’re down to just two festivals for the next weekend. Much easier to choose..or is it? 🙂

So…lets get started kiddies! Boston Springs A Fethival 2018 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to for all the latest info!

The Boston Turkish Film Festival wraps up its third and final weekend of it’s 17th annual program. As always, all screenings are at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Starting off things today is the encore of the film, Sour Apples, from director Yılmaz Erdoğan. Here’s the official synopsis from the BTFF website:

Muazzez has to remind her father, an ageing man with Alzheimer’s, who he is before he dies. The year is 1977. After two terms as mayor of the town, Aziz Özay has just failed to be re-elected for a third. He lives with his wife and three daughters in a spectacular house complete with orchards and a garden. The rest of the townsfolk either steal into the orchards to swipe fruit or write love letters to the girls. One night, one of the daughters, Muazzez, catches one of the culprits. The culprit is Özgür, a handsome guy who could have stepped out of the pages of a photonovel. Özgür has a different sort of smell about him. It turns out to be the smell of his hair, of something they call “shampoo”. And so begins an adventure that grows into a web of stories taking in marriages for love, marriages under protest, military takeovers, never-ending civil war and migration, untold joys and disappointments.

The screening starts at 12:30 PM at the Remis Auditorium, and tickets can be purchased here.

Concluding today’s programming, and the film festival, is the encore screening of the film Ayla: The Daughter Of War, from director Sıtkı Can Ulkay. Here’s the official word from the BTFF Website:

In 1950, amidst the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army base and out of harms way. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brings an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war comes to a close however, Süleyman’s brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman cannot bear abandoning Ayla, and does everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but doesn’t give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her. Will the two ever get back together? Turkey’s official entry for the 90th Academy Awards – Best Foreign Language Film.

Screening is at 3 PM, again at the Remis Auditorium . Tickets can be purchased here.

And although that wraps up the film festival, the Boston Turkish Festival will continue over the next three weeks with musical performances. For complete information on the festival and all of its offerings this year, be sure to visit the official website at!

Be sure to stay informed by keeping your browser on eCinemaBoston for complete schedule and ticket info! And don’t forget, BTFF will be part of our sister podcast Subject:CINEMA’s massive BSAF coverage throughout the month of May, and also in our huge BSAF SuperGuide PDF online magazine, also coming in mid-May!