Theatre & Film

MFAH Rolls Out Its Third-Annual Turkish Film Fest

This year’s fest welcomes two directors and one Palme d’Or winner.

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“Mix Tape” is by the young up-and-coming Turkish director, Tunç _ahin. He’ll be on hand for Q&A following the film this Saturday night. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston


It seems like the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Turkish Film Fest gets more successful with each year. The third one begins this weekend and, as the museum’s Marian Luntz explains, one of the highlights will be award-winning flick.

“This year was special because Turkey had the honor of winning the big prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Palme d’Or, and that film kind of anchors the festival.”

That film is called Winter Sleep, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who’s one of the more prominent directors in the Turkish film industry.

But Luntz says it’s also a chance to get exposed to one of Turkey’s rookie filmmakers. “Our centerpiece film on Saturday night is called Mix Tape and this is by a director by Tunc Sahin. This is his first film. As far as we know, this is one of the first international screenings of the film, and so we really hope people will turn out to support the vision of a younger filmmaker.”

Sahin is one of two directors who will be at the festival for question and answer sessions after their films. And if you don’t speak the language, don’t worry. All of the five films featured will have English subtitles.

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