Films: Three Monkeys

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Three Monkeys

Three Monkeys

Turkey, 2008, 109 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: France, Italy
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Family Issues, Foreign
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: Turkish English Subtitles

DIRECTOR: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Producer: Zynep Ozbatur
Editor: Ayhan Ergürsel, Bora Göksingöl, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Screenwriter: Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Cinematographer: Gökhan Tiryaki
Principal Cast: Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal
US Distributor: Zeitgeist Films

MUST END Thursday, June 4
35mm presentation - After his critically acclaimed mood pieces Distant and Climates, Turkey’s leading filmmaker moves in a more plot-driven direction while retaining his mastery of ambience, nuance and astonishing cinematography.
Winner of the Best Director prize at Cannes, Three Monkeys tells a twisty, noirish tale that opens with an ambitious politician fleeing a hit-and-run accident. Afraid of hurting his election chances, he pays off his chauffeur Eyüp to take the rap. The film concerns the effects of this devil’s bargain on Eyüp’s family as simmering tensions and sexual intrigue wreak havoc in a household already haunted by hidden ghosts.
In the spirit of Buñuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Haneke’s Caché, Three Monkeys mounts a caustic critique of the bourgeois family, riddled with hypocrisy yet stubbornly resilient in its seemingly boundless capacity to sidestep guilt and accountability.

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