VTFF’s commitment to showcase the best of contemporary Turkish Cinema is reflected in its film selection – featuring internationally acclaimed, award-winning films straight from Cannes and Venice to popular mainstream favorites fresh out of the Turkish box office.
Screening January 25th, Turkey’s most expensive film production to date, and Turkey’s Oscar submission in 2013, The Butterfly’s Dream offers a glossily romantic take on a story at least loosely derived from real life.
Set during World War II in Zonguldak, Turkey, The Butterfly’s Dream is the real life story of two young poets forgotten by history whose writing developed through strenuous adversity. Muzaffer (Kivanç Tatlitug), the optimist romantic, and Rüştü (Mert Firat) the pessimist dreamer, are a team of aspiring writers whose brotherly camaraderie is based upon their shared loved for the written word and their mutual misfortune. In a time when compulsory labor was imposed on villagers and tuberculosis was rampant among the impoverished population, the two of them remained cheerful that one day their dreams of being published and their poetic vision would materialize. Living in poverty and ill with the terrible respiratory disease, both men write as a form of therapeutic catharsis in the face of so much misery. Advised by their families to pursue other more productive professions, their only encouragement comes from their supportive teacher, and acclaimed poet, Behcet Necatigil played by director Erdoğan himself.
Crafted with the splendor of any Western period film, Yılmaz Erdoğan’s historical feature is classically stunning. Its impeccable photography adorns the frames with a delightful color palette and displays the elaborate sets and production design. This is top-notch filmmaking utilized to retell profoundly meaningful material, it is the perfect mix of visual exuberance and delicate storytelling. Irresistibly lyrical from start to finish. Like the most uplifting, yet heartbreaking lines ever written about love, the film entrances the viewer and pays respect to its powerful characters, to their sadness, and beautiful unfulfilled hopes.
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Below, watch 3 interviews with Director Yılmaz Erdoğan, Actor Kivanc Tatlitug and composer Rahman Altin.
Director of “The Butterfly’s Dream” Yilmaz Erdogan, English Interview
Actor Kivanc Tatlitug “The Butterfly’s Dream” English Interview
Composer Rahman Altin “The Butterfly’s Dream”. VTFF2015 Guest of Honor