• Turkey
  • 1964
  • 90 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • Turkish
  •  
  • Spine #688

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.

Credits

DirectorMetin Erksan
Produced byMetin Erksan and Ulvi Doğan
Original storyNecati Cumali
ScreenplayMetin Erksan, Kemal Inci and Ismet Soydan
Director of photographyAli Uğur
Film editor and soundTurgut Inangiray
Music directionAhmet Yamaç

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