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BLACK DOGS BARKING (Turkish : Kara Köpekler Havlarken) is a 2009 Turkish drama film , written, produced and directed by Mehmet Bahadır Er with co-director Maryna Gorbach , starring Cemal Toktaş as a naive young parking attendant who gets mixed up with the mob in pursuit of his dream of running his own car park. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey
Turkey
on March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19), won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Ankara and its newcomer directors have been hailed as Turkey’s answer to Martin Scorsese , for their inventive shooting style and authentic ear for the city’s underground slang demonstrated in this their debut film.

CONTENTS

* 1 Production * 2 Plot

* 3 Release

* 3.1 Premiere * 3.2 Festival screenings

* 4 Reception

* 4.1 Reviews * 4.2 Accolades

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

PRODUCTION

The film was shot on location in Istanbul
Istanbul
, Turkey
Turkey
.

PLOT

Selim’s family has migrated from Anatolia to İstanbul. A naive young man without any special training or expertise, he likes to feed pigeons on the rooftop of the building he lives in. Selim’s best friend, Çaça Celal, is a local tough guy. Selim and Çaça work for a man they refer to as Usta, running car parks in the ritzy neighborhood on the other side of the road. Their greatest dream is to have a car park of their own. In a club that Selim frequents, he meets Mehmet, who makes an offer that will change their lives forever

RELEASE

PREMIERE

The film premiered on January 25, 2009 at the International Film Festival Rotterdam .

After postponing its much anticipated release for months, the film opened across Turkey
Turkey
on March 19, 2010 (2010-03-19).

FESTIVAL SCREENINGS

* 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam
International Film Festival Rotterdam
(January 21-February 1, 2009) * 28th Istanbul
Istanbul
International Film Festival (April 4–19, 2009) * 35th Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
(May 21-June 14, 2009) * 23rd Wine Country Film Festival (September 17–27, 2009) * 36th Flanders International Film Festival Ghent (October 6–17, 2009) * 25th Warsaw International Film Festival (October 9–18, 2009) * 46th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (October 10–17, 2009) * 32nd Starz Denver Film Festival (November 12–22, 2009) * 4th Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival (November 14–22, 2009) * 11th New York Turkish Film Festival (December 2–5, 2009) * 21st Ankara International Film Festival (March 11–21, 2010) * 21st Munich Turkish Film Days (March 21–29, 2010)

RECEPTION

REVIEWS

Emrah Güler, writing in Turkish Daily News , states that the film "delves into a recurring theme in Turkish cinema for the last couple of years, the existential angst faced by second-generation men whose families have migrated to Istanbul
Istanbul
in the hopes of better lives," and recommends it to those "who are curious about the hype surrounding Turkish cinema’s answer to Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese
and Guy Ritchie," but not to those "who are bored by the recurring theme."

ACCOLADES

* 46th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (October 10–17, 2009) - Best Supporting Actor: Volga Sorgu (Won)

* 21st Ankara International Film Festival (March 11–21, 2010)

* Best Supporting Actor: Volga Sorgu (Won) * Cinema Writers Association Best Film Award (Won)

SEE ALSO

* 2009 in film * Turkish films of 2009

REFERENCES

* ^ "Up-and-coming Turkish movies screen in Ankara". Turkish Daily News. Retrieved 2010-03-12. * ^ A B C Güler, Emrah. "THE WEEK AT THE MOVIES: Oscar contenders stare at goats". Turkish Daily News . Retrieved 2010-02-18. * ^ "Filming locations for Kara köpekler havlarken". IMDB. Retrieved 2010-02-18. * ^ A B "Ugly thugs, tearjerkers top Turkish box office in 2009". Today's Zaman. Archived from the original on 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-02-24. * ^ "Black Dogs Barking". SIFF. Retrieved 2010-02-24. * ^ " Black Dogs Barking
Black Dogs Barking
(Kara Köpekler Havlarken)". SIFF. Archived from the original on 2010-02-03. Retrieved 2010-02-24. * ^ A B "‘Black Dogs Barking\' back in the US". Today's Zaman. Retrieved 2010-02-24. * ^ A B "‘Black Dogs\' runnin