Please join us for a special screening of the Turkish dark comedy, Album (2016), the story of a middle-class Turkish couple who is far from willing to admit they used adoption as a last resort to build a family, and who will do anything to keep it a secret.
May 24th, Thursday 7:00 pm
Pigott Hall-113 (260-113)
Free and open to the public
Dir. and written by: Mehmet Can Mertoglu
Cast: Sebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kiliç, Muttalip Mujdeci
“Every picture tells a story — just not necessarily the whole one. For the gormlessly duplicitous protagonists of “Album,” family snaps serve to construct memories rather than preserve them: They may be working through paper photo albums rather than Instagram or Facebook, but Turkish writer-director Mehmet Can Mertoğlu’s substantial debut feature can’t suppress a sneer at the very 21st-century practice of exhaustive yet evasively filtered self-documentation. That’s hardly the only modern malady under fire in this elegantly opaque social satire, which touches on bureaucratic ineptitude, class conflict and very questionable parenting in its elliptical tale of a dully respectable couple taking elaborate measures to conceal their adopted child’s provenance.” (Variety)
The screening is part of Burcu Karahan’s COMLIT 102/302 Understanding Turkey Through Film class.