press clippings

POYRAZ / BOREAS

… There are another two visually breath-taking works that are refreshing and ethereal. In Boreas (2006), the Turkish director Belma Bas delves into the mystery of life and death through the life of a boy who lives with several of his aged relatives.

ZHENG Li-Ming, Women Make Waves Film Festival 2006

 

… But absolutely the last day, Sunday afternoon, was reserved for the best pearls: Two short films with as much emerging or incomprehensible cinematographies to the general western public, "Poyraz" by Belma Bas from Turkey and "Girni" by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni from India.

Andrea Mugnai, http://kulturadimazza.ilcannocchiale.it,
reporting from Cork Film Festival 2006

 

…. A pool of exceptional images, Belma Bas' directorial debut breezes a picture on the screen through a gentle brush of the wind. Impelled by the natural beauty of [Turkey's] Black Sea Region and interiors and hallways of an old house, this 13-minute film fantastically depicts the flux of life from the viewpoint of a little girl. The film begins serenely suggesting a Tarkovskien cinematography, but unexpectedly changes course towards the halfway becoming as vaguely cloaked as the misty landscapes running on the screen, going beyond the realm of language: in such a way that the story mutates into images and images cease to be mute.

Deniz Buga, ALTYAZI July-August 2006

 

… With poetic cinematography and a deeply personal love for her characters, Belma Bas tells a slightly surreal fairytale. [....] The surroundings are dark yet beautiful, in a world where time stands still. Bas hints towards storytellers such as Bergman, Dickens and Tarkovsky in this mysterious story set somewhere between dream and reality.

Natalie Majerski, from 2006 Stockholm Film Festival programme

 

… The section that gave me most pleasure, however, and that offers very encouraging signs for future Balkan film production, was the shorts competition. There were a dozen delights, from the textures of Turk Belma Bas's 'Boreas' to the threat of Hungarian Tamas Kemenyffy's 'Lucky Man'.

Wally Hammond, Time Out London (Sep 6, 2006) 

reporting from Sarajevo Film Festival 2006

 

 
…. No matter who wins the awards tonight, this has been a significant year for Turkish Cinema. Even if Ceylan, or Belma Bas with her film 'Boreas' in the shorts competition, might not walk up to the stage at the ceremony, the creative rebirth of Turkish Cinema manifested itself on an international scale.

Mehmet Basutçu, Radikal (May 28, 2006)
reporting from Cannes Film Festival 2006