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Somersault in a Coffin (1996)
"Tabutta Rövasata" (original title)

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Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun ... See full summary »



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Ahmet Ugurlu ...
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Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun loves cars, he steals at nights and in the mornings he drives them back clean and well kept. He lives to emphasize the strange togetherness of possibilities and impossibilities. In this togetherness, Mahsun experiences friendship, trust, a one-way love affair and torture. He insists to survive in his open-air coffin of ancient Istanbul streets. Written by bogazici

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Turkish cinema author Dervis Zaim makes one of the best films in the history of Turkish cinema.
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Legions are films about car thieves whose sole objective is to earn money at all costs. It should not shock viewers if they are informed about a different thief who stole cars for fighting against nature. Turkish film 'Somersault in a Coffin' is based on a highly original concept in the history of world cinema. It is a humane film whose director Dervis Zaim gives representational force to some voiceless, homeless people who would do anything in order to stay alive during harsh, chilly winter in Istanbul. The masculine world of this film is made up of a minuscule array of innocent losers who cannot be deemed by society as a threat to peace. It is an innocent world where friends do not forget to remember their lost friend. For this film Dervis Zaim chose to depict an innocent man who would like to live entirely on his own terms. This is a man who is not a professional thief as money or any other material comforts are of hardly any interest to him. For his eclectic performances a homeless man without any fixed objective in life, Turkish actor Ahmet Ugurlu won best actor prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival.

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