AUTUMN   Directed by Özcan Alper


​​​Released from jail on serious health issues after being sentenced 10 years earlier as a university student activist, Yusuf returns to his village in the eastern Black Sea region. In the modest house tucked in the beautiful mountains, he reunites with his longing elderly mother. She lovingly takes care of him while he spends idle days resting and occasionally meeting his childhood friend Mikail in the village. One day Yusuf meets Eka, a beautiful young Georgian prostitute. With time and circumstances against them, the two misfits desperately try to connect. For Yusuf, love becomes a final desperate attempt to grasp life and elude loneliness. As autumn slowly gives way to winter, Yusuf dreams of going to the high mountains one last time.

With the 1990s as the backdrop, the film documents and exposes the irony, ruthlessness and reality of life in Turkey during this troubled period.


Özcan Alper (Director)

Özcan Alper was born in Artvin in 1975. He studied Physics and History of Science at Istanbul University. Durin ten years he worked as an assistant in different areas of cinema he made his first feature film “Autumn” which was shown more than 60 international film festivals and won 34 prices. He was nominated for European Discovery by Europe Film Academy by this film. “Autumn” became one of the most watched arthouse film of Turkey. His second feature film “Future Lasts Forever” premiered at 36th Toronto International Film Festival. After Toronto, the film had its European Premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival and it has screened over 40 festivals all around the world and won 15 prices. Alper’s last film “Memories of the Wind” won several development awards such that Cinefoundation L’Atalier program in Cannes, Hubert Bals Script and Project Development Fund, Asian Project Market at BUSAN, Cinemed Script Awards at Monpellier through its development process and the film’s festival release is still going on. Özcan Alper puts the important political issues of recent history of Turkey on the background of his films. He has given a new impulse to developing Turkish Cinema with his films. He is planning to shoot a new film “Sunset”which will be the first film of a trilogy.



Drama | Turkey | 2008 | 106 min | Color |

In Turkish, Armenian, Georgian with English subtitles 

Cast: A. Onur Saylak, Megi Kobaladze, Serkan Keskin, Raife Yenigün

​Produced by NAR FILM

Producers: Soner Alper, Serkan Acar  

​Writer /Director: Özcan Alper

Cinematographer : Feza Çaldıran 

​​FESTIVALS AND AWARDS


~ Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland WINNER Art&Essay Cicae Award
~ Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (Turkey) – 
WINNER Best Film, Best Supporting Actress, Special Jury Award
~ Eurasia International Film Festival (Turkey) – 
WINNER Netpac Jury Award
~ Tbilisi International Film Festival (Georgia) – 
WINNER Silver Prometheus Award
~ Siyad (Film Critics Association of Turkey) Awards –
WINNER Best Film, Best Supporting Actress, Best Actor, Best Cinematography
~ Noordelijk Film Festival (Netherlands) –
WINNER Best Film
~ Festival On Wheels (Turkey) –
 WINNER Silver Goose Award, Siyad Award
~ Rome Medfilm Festival (Italy) – 
WINNER Special Mention Award
~ Angers Premier Plan Film Festival (France) – 
WINNER Best Music Award
~ Yeşilçam Awards (Turkey) –
WINNER Best Actor, Turkcell Best First Film Award
~ Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey) –
WINNER Best Film, Best Director, Siyad Best Film Award, Best Supporting Actress, Film Director’s Association, Best Cinematography, Best Editing
~ Film Festival Del Garda (Italy) –
Special Mention
~ Trento Film Festival (Italy) – 
WINNER Best Film
~ Almata International Film Festival (Kazakhstan) – 
WINNER Special Jury Award
~ International Yerevan Film Festival (Armenia) –
WINNER Fipresci Award, Special Jury Award
~ Pomegranate Film Festival (Canada) –
WINNER Best Film
~ Batum International Arthouse Film Festival (Georgia) –
WINNER Best Supporting Actress
~ International Arpa Film Festival (USA) –
WINNER Best Director
~ Funchal International Film Festival (Portugal) –
WINNER Silver Funchal City Award 

Filmography:

2015 MEMORIES OF THE WIND   (Feature Film, 142 min, Festival Release)

2011 FUTURE LASTS FOREVER  (Feature Film, 108 min)

2010 TALES FROM KARS: MOTO GUZZI  (Short Film, 15 min)

2008 AUTUMN  (Feature Film, 110 min)