Sunday, 26 July 2015

See award-winning film Mommo the Bogeyman for free at the Yunus Emre Institute, London

Elif Bülbül, Mehmet Bülbül in Atalay Taşdiken's award-winning movie Mommo

Continuing its Turkish Movie Evenings, this week the Yunus Emre Institute is screening 2009 award-winning drama Mommo Kız Kardeşim (Mommo the Bogeyman).

Written, produced and directed by Atalay Taşdiken, this poignant story set in rural Anatolia is about two children who lose their mother and are then rejected by their stepmother.

For Ayşe, her brother Ahmet is not just her big brother, but also her father and mother; in her eyes he is afraid of nothing. But in truth Ahmet, aged nine, is still just a child with plenty of his own fears.

After the death of their mother, their father Kazim has gone off to marry another woman and abandoned the two children to their fate with Hasan, their elderly and half-crippled grandfather. When Hasan can no longer cope, Ayşe and Ahmet risk being split up. In spite of everything, the brother and sister never seem to lose hope.

The film picked up multiple awards when it was released six years ago, including Best Film at the Nuremberg Film Festival (2009), Würzburg International Filmweekend (2010), the International Children Film Festival in Yarevan, Armenia, Dadas Film Festival, Erzurum and 10th Du Grain Film Festival in France, and the UNICEF Best Film Award at the 12th Olympia Children and Youth Film Festival in Greece. The director Atalay Tasdiken and his young cast also received numerous awards and nominations for their performance in this heartfelt drama that is based on a true story.

See the trailer here

Directed & Produced & Screenplay by: Atalay Tasdiken
Cast:  Elif Bülbül, Mehmet Bülbül, Mete Dönmezer

Date: Thursday 30 July 2015
Start time: 7pm
Duration: 90 minutes
Language: Turkish with English subtitles
Venue address:  Yunus Emre Institute, 10 Maple Street, London W1T 5HA
Admission: Free
More info: Telephone: 0207 387 30 36 / Email:

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