Turkish Film Festival at the Boston MFA

Black & White (Siyah Beyaz) by Ahmet Boyacioglu (2010, 92 min.). The debut feature from revered Turkish film programmer, administratorm and writer Ahmet Boyacioglu is an affectionate tribute to the legendary art gallery and bar Siyah Beyaza fixture in contemporary Ankara nightlife for decades. Boyacioglu uses this setting as a springboard to introduce his five protagonists, a dysfunctional family of barroom regulars. Bar manager Faruk is a stubborn but sweet man; keeping him company are the aging sage painter Ahmet Nihat; the lawyer-turned-businessman Muzaffer, who has a bizarre interest in snails; headstrong Ayten, who has managed to create a lifestyle out of loneliness; a brilliant surgeon, nicknamed “Doktor.” Description adapted from The London Turkish Film Festival. 

Black and White

Saw this film today. Really simple and simply wonderful. Four guys and one woman who frequent the same bar every evening. Very poetic and touching without being sentimental.

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