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Bal (Honey) – review

An engrossing, award-winning conclusion to the trilogy by Turkish film-maker Semih Kaplanoglu

Turkish film-maker Semih Kaplanoglu won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival for this calm, contemplative and compassionate movie, the third in his childhood trilogy – the first was Yumurta, or Egg; the second Süt, or Milk. In the densely forested region of north-eastern Turkey along the Black Sea coast, Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) makes a hand-to-mouth living harvesting wild honey, climbing trees to get at the hives. His disappearance one day exposes his already vulnerable family to yet more stoically borne agony: this is his wife Zehra (Tülin Özen) and six-year-old boy Yusuf (Bora Altas) through whose eyes we are invited to see the action. He is a lonely child, dealing with a stammer, desperate for attention, longing to get one of the red "reward" badges his strict schoolteacher gives out for reading aloud in class. The image
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Film: Movie Review: Bal

In Semih Kaplanoglu’s Bal (“Honey”), Turkish beekeeper Yakup (Erdal Besikçioglu) risks his life scaling tall trees in search of elusive black honey, prized for its healing properties as well as its rich taste. The film, which details the childhood of the poet Yusuf (Bora Altas), portrayed in Kaplanoglu’s Yumurta (“Egg”) and Süt (“Milk”), is set in a rural village where sweetness is hard to come by, and its pursuit can be dangerous, even life-threatening. But its simple, unadulterated pleasures are matchless, and the same can be said for Bal’s best moments. The scenes of shy ...
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Polanski wins best director at Berlinale

Polanski wins best director at Berlinale
"Honey," a heart-warming drama from Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu, has won the Golden Bear for best film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival. The still-incarcerated Roman Polanski won the Best Director Silver Bear for "The Ghost Writer."

"Honey," the final film in Kaplanoglu's autobiographical trilogy - the others are "Egg" (2007) and "Milk" (2008) - follows a young boy in rural Turkey whose father collects wild honey. It was one of the few life-affirming films in this year's Berlinale line-up and was an underdog favorite for the top prize.
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Fipresci: the unsung champions of the cinema scene

Those compiling their best of the year lists would do well to consult the roll-call of gong-winners handed out by an august band of international critics

Any perspicacious film festival-goer or festival-watcher will have noticed that one of the prizes awarded at most festivals, in addition to the Golden Palms, Golden Lions or Golden Leopards etc, is the Fipresci (Federation International de la Presse Cinematographic) – aka the international film critics' award. In principle, this should be the most prestigious and sought-after prize of all, because the juries are made up of professional film critics (usually five, each from a different country) who are paid to tell the public what is good or bad and why.

Unfortunately, the Fipresci prize does not carry with it any money but, in theory, it does help the film gain a distributor. However, on one occasion, I remember that a director, who had just won the Fipresci prize,
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Berlinale announces first titles

Berlinale has unleashed the first few titles from its 2010 line-up. The recently announced titles aren’t anything to write home about but I’m sure we’ll be seeing a few more announcements (including some titles we can get excited about) over the next few weeks.

First titles after the break.

Bal (Honey) Turkey / Germany

by Semih Kaplanoglu (Süt/Milk, Yumurta/Egg, Melegin Düsüsü/Angel’s Fall)

with Bora Altas, Erdal Besikcioglu, Tülin Özen, Alev Ucarer, Ayse Altay

World premiere

Der Räuber (The Robber) Austria / Germany

by Benjamin Heisenberg (Sleeper, Max-Ophuels-Preis 2006)

with Andreas Lust, Franziska Weisz

World premiere

My Name Is Khan India

by Karan Johar

with Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol

Out of competition

Na Putu (On the Path) Bosnia and Herzegovina / Austria / Germany / Croatia

by Jasmila Zbanic (Grbavica, Golden Bear 2006)

with Zrinka Cvitesic (Shooting Star 2010), Leon Lucev, Ermin Bravo, Mirjana Karanovic

World premiere

Shekarchi (The Hunter) Germany / Iran

by
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Tiff announces more titles for Vanguard, Visions and Discovery

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced a whole load of films, including many world premiers, to be added as part of their lineups. Some of the more interesting looking ones are Lance Daly's Kisses about two Irish kids who run away from home and deal with the dark underside of Dublin. Another film I'm definitely interested in is Scott McGehee and David Siegel's Uncertainty which stars one of my personal favorites, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It's about a couple in love who find out she's pregnant and they flip a coin from where it apparently follows both possible storylines, but with the same disastrous consequences. Also screening will be Fabrice du Welz's Vinyan (trailer here) which is about a couple who lost their son in a Tsunami and won't give up looking for him. In the Discovery program, the stop-motion animation $9.99 which is about a man seeking the meaning to life.
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