Semih Kaplanoglu to deliver Cinema Militans Lecture at NFF

09 July 2012
Acclaimed Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu, who won the 2010 Golden Bear in Berlin with his film BAL (HONEY), will deliver this year’s Sight & Sound Cinema Militans Lecture in Utrecht on Saturday September 29th. The lecture is part of the annual Netherlands Film Festival, whose Holland Film Meeting will this year have a special focus on Turkey.

Born in Izmir in 1963, Semih Kaplanoglu has published a number of articles on the plastic arts and the cinema. He worked in advertising and for television before directing his first film, HERKES KENDI EVINDE (AWAY FROM HOME), which premiered at the Istanbul International Film Festival in 2001. BAL is the third part of a trilogy dealing, in reverse order, with key moments in the life of poet Yusuf. In the first film, YUMURTA (EGG, 2007), he returns to his native village for the first time in many years following his mother’s death. In SÜT (MILK, 2008), we meet Yusuf as an ambitious high school graduate trapped in a remote village which provides little opportunity for him to follow his great love: writing. Finally, in BAL (2010), we discover the traumatic events that marked his childhood.

The Cinema Militans Lecture is being relaunched this year in partnership with the prestigious London-based film monthly Sight & Sound. Launched in 1932, Sight & Sound is the world’s oldest continuously published film magazine, famous for its ‘Greatest Film of All Time’ poll of directors, critics, writers and academics. The poll is published every 10 years, with the latest due to be revealed later this year.

The Cinema Militans lecture is named after a long article by the Dutch critic Menno ter Braak, founder of the influential 1930s Dutch literary magazine Forum. Ter Braak published the article in 1929. In it, he calls for a radical new aesthetic for what was then the new art form of film. Previous Cinema Militans lecturers who have followed in ter Braak’s footsteps include Peter Greenway, Tom Tykwer, Istvan Szabo, Roland Joffé and Mira Nair.

The lecture will be available in printed form immediately after its delivery and will subsequently be published in Sight & Sound and on the websites of both Sight & Sound and the Netherlands Film Festival.

The Holland Film Meeting / Dutch Industry Days take place from 27 September - 1 October 2012 and is part of the Nederlands Film Festival (26 September - 5 October 2012).

This project is supported by the Government of the Republic of Turkey within the framework of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkey and the Netherlands.