Tribeca Film Festival 2019: Best Actor / Best Screenplay

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SYNOPSIS

In order to realize his estranged and terminally-ill father's wish to be buried under the "Noah Tree" his father swears he had planted, Omer, a quick-tempered son in a mid-life crisis, has to face the villagers who believe that the "holy" tree is the first tree planted by prophet Noah after the Great Flood and has the power to answer the prayers immediately.

CAST AND CREW

Cast              Ali Atay, Haluk Bilginer, Arin Kusaksizoglu, Mehmet Ozgur, Hande

                      Dogandemir

Crew            Director & Screenwriter Cenk Ertürk

                     Cinematographer Federico Cesca

                     Editor Yorgos Mavropsaridis

                     Composer Leon Gurvitch

                     Producers Us Film (Alp Erturk, Sevki Tuna Erturk,  Cenk Erturk)

TECHNICAL INFO

Original Title     Nuh Tepesi

Language           Turkish

Subtitles             English

Genre                  Drama

Tags                     PARENTHOOD - RELIGION -

Length                109 mn

Format                DCP


FESTIVALS AND AWARDS

Tribeca Film Festival (International Narrative Competition, USA)/ Melbourne International Film Festival (Australia)/ Vancouver International Film Festival (Panorama, Canada)/ Asiatica Film Festival (Competition, Italy)/ International Bosphorus Film Festival (Turkey)/ Mill Valley Film Festival (USA)/ Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil)/ International Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Turkey)/ Denver Film Festival (USA)/ Thessaloniki International Film Festival (Main Program, Greece)/ Inverness Film Festival (New World Cinema, UK)/ Vancouver Turkish Film Festival (Canada)/ POFF - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival (Current Waves, Estonia)/ Cinemamed (Belgium)/

DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT

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ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

Cenk Ertürk is a filmmaker with an excessive interest in duels and owls. He began developing Noah Land at New York University and finalized the screenplay at Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Residence. Ertük is currently developing his second feature, which follows a couple navigating a self-destructive journey to form a "happy" family.

FILMOGRAPHY

Coming soon


WORDS FROM PROGRAMMERS

"Winning Best Actor and Best Screenplay at the Tribeca Film Festival, this Turkish drama contemplates faith, trust and the trappings of masculinity, earning comparisons to Abbas Kiarostami’s filmography for its poignant, contemplative approach. (...) Told as much through cinematographer Federico Cesca’s (Yomedine, MIFF 2018; Patti Cake$, MIFF 2017) vivid images as through dialogue, Noah Land pairs a dying man’s determined fight with his son’s increasing struggle. First-time writer/director Cenk Ertürk crafts an intimate exploration of human nature that doubles as deeply intense character study – as evidenced in Atay’s stirring, award-winning performance." Melbourne International Film Festival

"A thoughtful and deeply felt debut from Cenk Ertürk, Noah Land probes ethical questions about the price of victory while weighing a human tendency to react in extremes. As Ömer and Ibrahim begin to open up to each other, it also becomes a story about good faith—both in terms of trusting another’s intentions and trusting one’s own." Tribeca Film Festival

"Cenk Ertürk’s feature debut is a tense, powerful study of anger and pride. Ali Atay gives a superb performance as Ömer, a man facing the death of his father (...) With its provocative symbolism, its sharp characterizations, and its escalating current of danger, Noah Land is strong stuff. Anchored in the performances of Bilginer and the ever-glowering Atay, graced with fluid cinematography by Federico Cesca, and powerfully directed by Ertürk, it’s a film that grips your attention during its running time and haunts your mind afterwards." Vancouver International Film Festival

"A major prize winner at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, the debut feature from writer-director Cenk Ertürk introduces a bold new voice in Turkish cinema." Mill Valley Film Festival

"In this sensitively wrought drama, first-time feature filmmaker Cenk Entürk grapples with profound questions of faith and honor as they shape our relationships with family, community, and self." Denver Film Festival

 

PRESS QUOTES

“Men are allowed to be vulnerable, and Noah Land reminds us of that fact.” Film Threat


UPCOMING FESTIVAL SHOWINGS

NOVEMBER

Monday 11 at 1:45pm (Inverness Film Festival)

Saturday 16 at 6:45pm Vancouver Turkish Film Festival

Sunday 17 at 5:45pm (Black Nights Film Festival)

Wednesday 20 at 9pm (Black Nights Film Festival)

Sunday 24 at 9pm (Black Nights Film Festival)

 

DECEMBER

Saturday 7 at 7:30pm (CINEMAMED)