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Patient conservationists will feast on this slow-paced, contemplative mountain hike made by 56-year-old Muzaffer Özdemir, best known as the lead in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s award-winning Distance. With barely a sliver of a plot to hold it together, this stunning collection of awe-inspiring landscapes combines with images of modern intrusions into the heart of nature, all of it backed by brief dialogues and spells of narration, for what would be best described as a litany for a self- destructive age. An ode to nature and an insistent indictment of those who destroy it arbitrarily. Home is an ideal choice for festival exposure, screened at the Adana Film Festival and already on its way to the Tokyo competition next month, this debut shows a keen eye for visuals combined with a toned-down elegiac mood that may not be sufficient for mass audiences, but should draw the attention of art cinemas. The opening sequence in a forest, showing the carcass of a dead animal covered by flies, already prepares the ground for Özdemir’s obsessive theme – death and destruction of nature, forcibly harnessed by man to serve his own immediate interests. The main character, Doğan, is an architect suffering from an undefined mid-life crisis, who is told by his doctors to take some time off from the daily rat race hassle. His partner (played by director Özdemir) encourages him to go back to his home town, far in the mountains of Northeast Turkey and on the way, collect some pictures of original water mills they might use in their work. Dan Fainaru
Turkey
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2011


Script
Muzaffer Özdemir

Cinematography
İlker Berke

Editing
Ayhan Ergürsel
Muzaffer Özdemir
Selda Taşkın

Production
Tutya Film

Cast
Kanbolat Görkem Arslan
Muhammet Uzuner
Muzaffer Özdemir
Pınar Ünsal

Music
Mozart Piano Concerto No 24 K491
Schumann Kinderszenen

Festivals
17th Festival on Wheels
TURKEY 2011