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65th San Sebastian Film Festival
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Karpuz kabugundan gemiler yapmak (Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds) / Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds
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Karpuz kabugundan gemiler yapmak
Karpuz kabugundan gemiler yapmak

The 60s in Tepecik, a small Anatolian village. Recep and Mehmet are two young peasants, working as apprentices in the town of Tavsanli near their village. Recep helps a watermelon vendor, while Mehmet works with a barber. Madly in love with cinema, they spend their evenings trying to make a jerry-built film projector. They also dream of being directors and changing their whole lives. One day, Recep meets a widow with two daughters who lives in the town and has come to pick unripe watermelons for her cows. Frequently visiting their home from then on to have tea or breakfast, Recep starts liking the elder daughter, Nihal. As for the girl, she is disturbed by having a peasant boy around the house and treats him as rudely as she can. Her younger sister Guler, on the other hand, likes Recep, but the feeling is not mutual.
Tepecik (Turkey), 1954. His love of cinema emerged with the visit of a travelling projectionist to his town in the mid-60s. Shortly afterwards, he and his friend made a wooden projector. In 1994, he made his first short, Optical Dreams, with an old video camera he bought from a Turkish worker living in Germany. Thanks to his success, he has continued to write and direct shorts exhibited at national and international festivals, garnering several prizes. Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds marks his directorial debut in feature films, obtaining the Golden Tulip for Best Film (National Competition) at Istanbul Festival in 2004.
Ahmet Uluçay
Ahmet Uluçay
Ilker Berke
Senad Preseva, Mustafa Preseva
Ender Akay, Alper Tunga Demirel
Ismail Hakki Taslak, Kadir Kaymaz, Gülayse Erkoç, Aysel Yilmaz, Boncuk Yilmaz
Running Time
97 m.
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