|TURKEY, GERMANY, 2010, 130’|
Production: Kaplan Film
Director: Semih Kaplanoglu
Writer: Semih Kaplanoglu, Orçun Koksal
Producer: Semih Kaplanoglu, Johannes Rexin, Bettina Brokemper
Director of Photography: Baris Ozbiçer
Editors: Ayhan Ergursel, Suzan Hande Guneri, Semih Kaplanoglu
Art Director: Naz Erayda
Cast: Bora Altaş, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tulin Ozen
2010 Berlinale Golden Bear and Ecumenical Jury Prize winner((, Honey)) is undoubtedly one of the best films in (( )) Turkish film history. Its director Semih Kaplanoğlu is one the most appreciated auteurs of the new Turkish cinema. With Honey he has reached both esthetically and philosophically a summit that is equievalent to that of the great masters’ of cinema. Bal completes Semih Kaplanoğlu’s trilogy called “Yusuf” which follows a man’s life from his adulthood (Egg) back to adolesence (Milk) and finally to childhood. Kaplanoglu shows us the wild life in a forest up the mountains through the eyes of a little boy bewildered by his father’s work as a honey gatherer. The way he climbes very tall trees, the darkness and the sounds of the forest create a mesmerizing universe for little Yusuf as he learns to read in his first year at school. In a reversal of fortune in his life Yusuf will be most influenced by poetry. So will the audiences by the poetic grandeur of this film.
Milk (2008) Egg (2007) Angel’s fall (2004) Away From Home (2000) Elevator (1993)Semih Kaplanouglu is one of the most acclaimed writer-director-producers in Turkey. He received BS in Cinema- Television from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Dokuz Eylul Universiy, Izmir in 1984. Kaplanoglu made his debut in 2001 with Away From Home. In 2005, he made his second feature Angel’s Fall. The film received Best Film Awards in Nantes, Kerala and Barcelona Alternativa FF. With his third feature film Yumurta (Egg), which premiered in 2007 Quinzaine des Realisateurs, he received Best Director awards in Fajr IFF, Valdivia IFF and Bangkok World FF. His feature film Sut (Milk) premired at the 2008 Venice IFF, and was also screened at festivals around the world, earning him international awards, such as FIPRESCI prize at the Istanbul IFF.