13/05/2009 02:40


Turkey, 2008, 106 min.
Director: Özcan Alper
Cast: R. Gulefer Yenigül, Serkan Keskin, Onur Saylak, Megi Koboladze
Selection – TRIBUTE: Contemporary Turkish Cinema

Özcan Alper is one of the uprising representatives of Turkish directors' younger generation. His début film Sonbahar (Autumn) will be shown in TRIBUTE: Contemporary Turkish Cinema selection.

Sentenced to prison in 1997 as a student aged 22, Yusuf is released ten years later. He returns to his village where his old and sick mother gives him a welcome. While he was in jail, his father passed away and his sister got married and moved to the city. The elderly stayed in the village mainly for economic reasons. The only person Yusuf can keep company with is his childhood friend Mikail. At last, love comes around - Yusuf meets Eka, a beautiful prostitute, but the timing and the circumstances are not helpful to the couple in love. Despite that, love becomes the final desperate attempt to appreciate life and to avoid loneliness.

Director Özcan Alper was born in 1975 in Artvin, Turkey. He studied physics and history of science at Istanbul University. Since 1997 he has been working as assistant director and production manager on television. He directed a short film Grandmother and two short documentaries, Voyage in Time with a Scientist and Rhapsody and Melancholy in Tokai City.