Screen Zenith Film Series: Times and Winds / Bes Vakit

The Indianapolis Museum of Art presents Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit on Thursday, February 4, 2010 as part of their ongoing Screen Zenith Film Series. This Indianapolis art event offers a glimpse into a variety of award winning films from around the world. The film starts at 7:00 pm this Thursday, February 4, 2010. Tickets are $9.00 for Indianapolis people, $5.00 for members of this Indianapolis art museum and for Indianapolis kids with a valid student ID. Shown in the Tobias Theatre in DVD, Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit will amaze with its beauty, sincerity and poignancy.

Set in a sleepy village on the northwest coast of Turkey, Times and Winds provides a portrait of life, family and school through the eyes of three young children. Director Reha Erdem carefully juggles numerous small events to weave a much bigger picture of the happenings in this small town. Through beautiful cinematography and storytelling, it is apparent that more is going on than is shown on screen.

The film focuses on tenets of the Islamic faith in this small Turkish village. The Islamic practice of praying five times a day is meant to bring man face to face with five states of mind: fear and desire, love and grudge, faith and pain, screams and sobbing, passion and hate. Each are encountered in any given day, creating a constant tension in life. Because every encounter in the Islamic faith, from growing up to growing old, are said to create new pain, prayer becomes the only cure for life’s daily woes.

Video: Times and Winds Trailer, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana

This concept is examined through the lives and minds of three children in Reha Erdem’s film Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit. Omer is the son of a local priest, or imam. Yakup is his best friend, who has some serious puppy love for their school teacher. All the while, Yildiz struggles to strike a balance between her school work, her chores and pleasing her demanding domesticated mother. As they come of age, their youthful internal struggles are captured on film, juxtaposed to changing seasons and rural traditions.

The cast of nonprofessional children offers an honest look at human nature and the passage of time. Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit won the Golden Tulip at the 2006 Istanbul International Film Festival, taking home the title of best film. Shown in Turkish with English subtitles, the film runs 111 minutes. For additional information about this Indianapolis event, visit the Indianapolis Museum or Art’s official website.

Before or after the film head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. With one of the most concentrated varieties of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars, there is something for everyone in Broad Ripple. Or head to Indianapolis downtown to take advantage of Devour Downtown, happening now through February 6. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis.

Times and Winds/ Bes Vakit
Thursday, February 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm

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