Archive of films My Only Sunshine / Hayat var

Turkey / Bulgaria / Greece
2008, 121 min

Section: Tribute to Reha Erdem
Year: 2012

A distilled blend of the director’s thematic and stylistic trademarks, My Only Sunshine is a dreamy film about harsh realities. One of the most beautiful odes to the Bosphorus, the work unfolds the tale of 14-year-old Hayat who lives on a creek with her fisherman-smuggler father and sick grandfather.


Synopsis

A distilled blend of Erdem’s thematic and stylistic trademarks, My Only Sunshine is a dreamy film about harsh realities. One of the most beautiful odes to the Bosphorus, the work unfolds the tale of 14-year-old Hayat, a member of an old Istanbul family who lives with her fisherman-smuggler father and sick grandfather. Like its characters (or "figures”), the film maintains a stylistic distance while nurturing a mystery. In contrast, emotions sometimes burst through the arabesque soundtrack. Once the best friend of the new "immigrant villager to the big city” and, concurrently, a cultural danger in the eyes of the Turkish state, arabesque (Turkey’s Arab-influenced music genre) is the music of self-destruction, love, and rebellion against fate in a loveless world. Such is Hayat’s world, but with poetically edited images and sounds, and camerawork that dotes on the Bosphorus, My Only Sunshine is romantic enough in itself.

Contacts

Atlantik Film
Üst Zeren sokak No:2, 1. Levent, 343 30, Istanbul
Turkey
Tel: + 90 212 278 361 1
Fax: + 90 212 278 197 1
E-mail: info@atlantikfilm.com
www: www.atlantikfilm.com

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Tribute to Reha Erdem
   
Director: Reha Erdem
Screenplay: Reha Erdem
Dir. of Photography: Florent Herry
Music: Orhan Gencebay
Editor: Reha Erdem
Producer: Ömer Atay
Production: Atlantik Film
Cast: Elit Işcan, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Levend Yilmaz
Contact: Atlantik Film
   
www: www.myonlysunshine.com.tr

Guests

Reha Erdem

Film Director, Film Director

Claudine Avetyan

Producer


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