Motherland

Nesrin flees her job, her home and her crumbling marriage, leaving Istanbul for the plains of Anatolia to finally realise her dream of becoming a writer. But when her conservative, unstable mother arrives in the village, her idyllic vision of her new existence begins to crumble. As the walls close in, and the parental relationship becomes increasingly unhinged, her mother gets closer to the religiously conservative neighbours, and it’s all going to come to a nasty head. A terrifically wrought, potent metaphor for the schisms of modern Turkey.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Toll Booth

The debut feature from EEFF Director in Residence Tolga Karacelik, Toll Booth follows tightly-wound, taciturn bachelor Kenan as he slowly drives himself over the edge. Stationed in the middle of nowhere, with a father desperate to marry him off, and a car that he just can’t get fixed, his burgeoning romance with the woman who drives past his booth every day might just distract him from the meteor hurtling towards earth…a perfectly composed portrait of a man about to snap.

Followed by a Q&A.
Tickets available from the Rich Mix website now.

Frenzy

The second feature from one of Turkey’s most important new filmmakers, Emin Alper follows Beyond the Hill with a timely state-of-the-nation thriller. Set in some near future in which Turkey seems on the verge of collapse, it sees Kadir released from prison on the condition that he turns informant for the state, spying on his neighbours and helping to defuse the numerous bombs that are being planted across the city. Meanwhile his brother Ahmet is employed to kill the city’s numerous stray dogs, a task that along with his estrangement from his wife seems to be causing him to lose his mind. The pressure of their circumstances, and forces from their past, will create a situation that neither of them can escape. And perhaps neither can anyone else, in this taut vision of a nation gone wrong.

Frenzy won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2015.
Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.

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Blue Wave, The

Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan impressive debut sees Deniz return from holiday to the provincial city of Balıkesir, immediately falling back into her old life, gossiping with her friends, caring for her rebellious younger sister, and crushing on high school heartthrob Kaya and guidance counselor Ferat. A perfectly realised view of the impulsive seachanges of hormonal teenage life, where both nothing and everything happens all at once, and million miles from the Turkey seen in most festival exports.

Tickets available from the Rio Cinema website here.

Baskin

A squad of unsuspecting cops plunge through a trapdoor – to a Hell created from their nightmares and darkest secrets – when they stumble upon a Black Mass in an abandoned building. A rare foray into genre cinema from Turkey, laced with unbearable tension, blood-soaked torture scenes and ominous symbolism. Featuring a cast of terrifically convincing actors, this debut from Can Evrenol is a trip into your own worst nightmare.

Tickets available on the Picturehouses website here.