Journey To The Moon

A space story from Erzincan... 1957... A remote village in the Erzincan area of eastern Turkey, divorced from either politics or technology... Four impassioned villagers make plans to travel to the moon, convinced that their mission will succeed. Their adventure is told in the picture-book style of the period through black & white photographs. And the clipped tones of the local narrator leave all emotion to the audience. As events unfold, they are given explanation by prominent Turkish intellectuals with scientific experience in different fields. And as the various aspects of these events are examined, the audience is drawn into ‘outlandish’ territory. Watching the film gives the sense less of a historical documentary than of an in-depth study of contemporary Turkish culture. In this latest film by Kutluğ Ataman, contributing speakers include an impressive line-up of established intellectuals, among them Alim Rüstem Aslan, Murat Belge, Seçkin Dindar, Sibel Eraslan, Nilüfer Gole, Mahir Kaynak, Etyen Mahçupyan, Turgay Oğur, Atila Özgüç, Özge Samancı, Bülent Somay and (Panter) Emel Yıldız.
Turkey
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2009

Director
Kutluğ Ataman

Script
Kutluğ Ataman

Cinematography
Blagoy Toprakidis
Tolga Kutluay

Editing
Ahmet Balaban

Production
Burcu Duru

Cast
Ahmet Aslan
Ahmet İlhan
Ahmet Polat
Gözde Aran
Gülseren Özbakır
İlhan Kaya
Kemal Okumuş
Metin Alagaş

Festivals
15th Festival on Wheels
TURKISH CINEMA 2009