10TH BOSTON TURKISH FESTIVALSM

Colors of Turkey

Festival Program


New Turkish Cinema at the Brattle Theater

 
G.O.R.A.
 
 
Directed by Omer Faruk Sorak
Screenplay by Cem Yilmaz
 
 
Cast: Cem Yilmaz, Özkan Ugur, Erdal Tosun, Safak Sezer, Cezmi Baskin, Idil Firat, Engin Günaydin, Muhittin Günaydin, Özge Özberk, Ozan Güven
 
 
2004, 128 minutes
In Turkish with English subtitles
 
 
Festivals and Awards: 
Montreal Fantasia Film Festival
 
 
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 at 5:00pm
Wednesday, November 2, 2005 at 9:45pm
 
Brattle Theater
40 Brattle Street
Harvard Square, Cambridge
 
Validated parking at University Place Garage and Charles Square Garage

 

 

 

 

Director OMER FARUK SORAK:

Ömer Faruk Sorak graduated from the Journalism School of Ankara University. As a cameraman in the Turkish Radio Television (TRT), he worked in documentaries and dramas such as "Kurtulus" and "Yayla Türküsü". He began working as a freelance director in 1995 and launched his own production company in 1997. He has worked with musicians such as Teoman and Grup Gündogarken and won a music video award from Kral TV. Among his other works are Mustafa Altioklar's film "Asansör" (The Elevator), where he worked as the visual director, and "Vizontele" which he co-directed with Mustafa Erdogan. 
 
Selected Filmography:
G.O.R.A. (2004)
Vizontele (with Yilmaz Erdogan, 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Synopsis:

"The story starts when con man and carpet dealer Arif is abducted by aliens and taken to the planet G.O.R.A. The scene is then set for the film to take on the science-fiction genre with humor stamped with a classic Cem Yilmaz attitude. The audience will burst into laughter as Arif introduces G.O.R.A.’s inhabitants to raki, belly dance, Turkish machismo, and Beyoglu slang. But to say that the film is a prolonged Cem Yilmaz show or comedy sketch would be a disservice to the screenplay, Ömer Faruk Sorak’s energetic direction, the extraordinary supporting cast, and the well-executed and timed special effects.  ... 

This is a highly successful and entertaining film that doesn’t compromise quality in trying to capture a large audience – don’t miss it!" (Atilla Dorsay)