Metin Erksan

Dry Summer

Dry Summer

Winner of the prestigious Golden Bear at the 1964 Berlin International Film Festival, Metin Erksan’s wallop of a melodrama follows the machinations of an unrepentantly selfish tobacco farmer who builds a dam to prevent water from flowing downhill to his neighbors’ crops. Alongside this tale of soul-devouring competition is one of overheated desire, as a love triangle develops between the farmer, his more decent brother, and the beautiful villager the latter takes as his bride. A benchmark of Turkish cinema, this is a visceral, innovatively shot and vibrantly acted depiction of the horrors of greed.

Film Info

  • Metin Erksan
  • Turkey
  • 1964
  • 90 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Turkish
  • Spine #688

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Dry Summer
Cast
Erol Taş
Osman
Hülya Koçyiğit
Bahar
Ulvi Doğan
Hasan
Hakki Haktan
Veli Sari
Credits
Director
Metin Erksan
Produced by
Metin Erksan
Produced by
Ulvi Doğan
Original story
Necati Cumali
Screenplay
Metin Erksan
Screenplay
Kemal Inci
Screenplay
Ismet Soydan
Director of photography
Ali Uğur
Film editor and sound
Turgut Inangiray
Music direction
Ahmet Yamaç

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