A warm welcome for Turkish film 'Climates'

One of the most acclaimed recent films from Turkey gets its New England premiere tonight as part of the 11th annual Boston Turkish Festival. "Climates" stars writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as an Istanbul architecture professor whose life is dominated by ruins -- the physical ones of places like the Ishak Pasha palace, and the emotional ones of a crumbled relationship with a girlfriend (played by his real-life wife, Ebru Ceylan).

This very quiet film moves from the hot seaside village of Kas to the gray urbane worlds of Turkish academia to the spectacular snowy mountains of Dogubeyazit. It's wrapped in the interior of a man whose distance, charm, and infidelity have made everything go sour and whose moods, like the climates the film travels through, run hot and cold. It won the 2006 Fipresci Award for the best film in competition at the Cannes festival.

"I think man is the weakest creature in the world, especially the educated man," the director told the Times of London, in a recent interview. "They are always afraid of something."

"Climates" plays at at 7 p.m. today at the Museum of Fine Arts. It will return to the MFA Jan. 5-17.

The month-long Turkish festival also wraps up this week with two other film programs -- a selection of short documentaries and features today at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. Both programs are also at the MFA. The Boston Turkish Festival also has a separate film festival every April at the MFA, and events throughout the year, organizing with the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England. Details are at bostonturkishfestival.org.


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