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Motherland Hotel (1987)

Anayurt Oteli (original title)
The lonely proprietor of a small hotel in a provincial Turkish town develops a passion for a departed guest and the reality of routine everyday-life starts crumbling into pieces.

Director:

Ömer Kavur

Writers:

Yusuf Atilgan (novel), Ömer Kavur
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Macit Koper Macit Koper ... Zebercet
Sahika Tekand Sahika Tekand ... Mysterious woman
Serra Yilmaz Serra Yilmaz ... Zeynep' / Hotel maid
Orhan Çagman Orhan Çagman ... Retired officer
Osman Alyanak ... Old Man in the Park
Aslan Kaçar Aslan Kaçar
Cengiz Sezici Cengiz Sezici ... Undercover policeman
Yasar Güner Yasar Güner ... Chestnut seller
Ülkü Ülker Ülkü Ülker ... Theatre Actress
Songül Ülkü Songül Ülkü ... Saide / Teacher
Osman Çaglar Osman Çaglar
Orhan Basaran Orhan Basaran
Kemal Inci Kemal Inci ... Cattle-dealer
Ergun Özcan Ergun Özcan ... The Boss of the Theater
Nevin Buket Nevin Buket ... Whore
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The lonely proprietor of a small hotel in a provincial Turkish town develops a passion for a departed guest and eventually strangles the maid. Written by Will Gilbert

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Details

Country:

Turkey

Language:

Turkish

Release Date:

September 1987 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Motherland Hotel See more »

Filming Locations:

Nazilli, Aydin, Turkey

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alfa Film,Odak Film See more »
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Color:

Color
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An Obsessed Loner
4 August 2010 | by abbashawkSee all my reviews

Anayurt Oteli is based on a novel by an Turkish author, Yusuf Atilgan. It tells the dilemma of a hotel receptionist, Zebercet, who is locked in to his workplace –he is the only employer of the establishment except a cleaning lady- and gradually becomes an obsessed loner with his lack of communication with any other human beings and shows an inclination toward sexual deviation. By this film, the late Turkish director Omer Kavur produced a very successful literary adaption which is so rare in Turkish cinema. The film is not only providing a thoroughly examination of a very bizarre character, but also brilliantly portrays a Turkish small town with its historical buildings, marketplaces, coffeehouses, pubs, courtrooms, barber shops, train stations, movie theaters along with an emphasis on the basic routines such as Friday prayers, local administration announcements heard from street loudspeakers, cockfights and so on. The hotel building also plays a major part in the film and can be easily considered as one of the film characters. The film was made in the late 1980s, but luckily time was not being so harsh on it. If anyone is interested with the higher limits of the Turkish cinema, I'm sure this is one of the films that should be revisited.


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