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The Festival Circuit: “The Butterfly’s Dream” opens LA Turkish

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013 by

Kicking off in just over two weeks, the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival has made all its major announcements which leaves just one thing: seeing the awesome films! Included in its programming are a short film competition organized by NPR’s Elvis Mitchell and feature length films including opening night’s The Butterfly’s Dream. Here’s a snippet from LATFF:

Los Angeles Turikish Film Festival has announced its opening film: The Butterfly’s Dream, the product of Yılmaz Erdoğan’s seven-year work. The film will also get its U.S premiere at the opening of the four-day festival. Along with Yılmaz Erdoğan himself, the film’s crew include these names: Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Belçim Bilgin, Mert Fırat, Farah Abdullah Zeynep and Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan. Taking place in Zonguldak of 1941, the film reflects the demanding atmosphere of the World War II, and the time is the time of taking responsibilities. At the center of all this tumult is two young, poets in the prime of their twenties: Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu and Rüştü Onur. Struggling with tuberculosis, the young poets cherish only one dream: to publish their poems in Varlık Journal (still a prestigious literary journal). Meanwhile, upon seeing Susan, the daughter of the notable person of the city Mr. Zihni, the young poets make a bet. Each will write a poem and read it to Susan. The one whose poem is less liked will fade from the scene. Upon their meeting arises a friendship between three.

Screened twice throughout the festival, the film will first meet with the cinema lovers at 19:00 on 28 February at Egypt Theater. Following the screening will there be a Q&A’s with the film crew. The second screening will be at 13:30 on 1 March.

About The Butterfly’s Dream:

In the last days of summer 1941, following the grueling Second World War comes the era of Obligation. Every man from Zonguldak and surrounding villages is required by law to work in the coalmines. Amidst all this poverty and turmoil, are two young poets: Muzaffer Tayyip Uslu and Rüştü Onur. Afflicted with tuberculosis, their only dream is to have their poetry published.

As the young men wait for the ferry one day, they see Suzan, the beautiful daughter of one of the city’s wealthy merchants. The poets make a bet over the girl: They will both write a poem for her and whichever Suzan likes, the other will fade from the scene…

About the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival:

Now in their second celebratory year, the Los Angeles Turkish Film Festival (LATFF) is a new and important medium that voices the fresh and productive recent developments in Turkish cinema. The festival prides itself on being a place where internationally awarded Turkish filmmakers meet a new generation of young directors, with the support of many names from the American film industry.

For more information or to purchase tickets visit http://www.latff.org/.

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