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Zenne Dancer (2012)

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A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots... See full summary »

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... Can
Giovanni Arvaneh ... Daniel Bert
... Ahmet
Tilbe Saran ... Sevgi
Rüçhan Çaliskur ... Kezban
... Yilmaz
... Sukran
... Cihan
Esme Madra ... Hatice
Hülya Duyar ... Mujgan
Mehmet Bozdogan ... Kerem
Aykut Kayacik ... Zindan
Yvonne Rosenbaum ... Emmanuella
Bulut Reyhan ... Cavit
Ihsan Goren ... Military Jury #1
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A feature film about an unusual trio: Daniel, a German photo-journalist in Istanbul without much knowledge about Turkish values. Can, a flamboyant, out and proud male belly dancer with lots of love and support from his family, and Ahmet born to an eastern and conservative family whose quest for honesty and liberty results in a tragic end. ZENNE Dancer is inspired by true stories. Written by M.Caner Alper

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Honesty may kill you.


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13 January 2012 (Turkey)  »

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€1,200,000 (estimated)
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Daniel Bert: Why can't you be honest and tell the truth to your parents? Honesty is the easiest.
Ahmet: [crying] You don't understand. Honesty will kill me.
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Speaking about the Unspoken Truths
31 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

What a gem of a movie. It touches you on so many points. Obviously, a majority of the film is about the internal storms of gays living in a society as intolerant as Turkey has become.

The hypocrisy is, however, how open the Turkish Society was to gay inclinations and even encouraged them until one hundred years ago. Zenne (or Kocek) is a very old Turkish word and they were male dancers accompanying the acrobats during celebrations.

But the movie does not go into those details anyway. Actually, I don't even classify Zenne as a gay movie. It's a very human movie.

Has a rather slow rhythm, considering the genre, but builds up progressively and you just can not help but feel with the characters. Their turmoils, their emotions, their struggles and their passion.

And then there is the music, and the photography. In a way everything about this movie somehow fits together.

Well done team for a really good movie. Well spent two hours.


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