Bride of the Earth
(Seyit Han)

Screening on Film
Directed by Yilmaz Güney.
With Yilmaz Güney, Nebahat Çehre, Hayati Hamzaoglu.
Turkey, 1968, 35mm, black & white, 78 min.
Turkish with English subtitles.

The first film that Güney acknowledged as a fully realized effort Bride of the Earth stars the director himself as a man separated from his bride-to-be by the superstitions and feudal conditions of rural life. The film’s attention to poverty as a barrier to happiness and personal aspiration looks forward to Güney’s more overtly political work while demonstrating his eye for striking images, particularly in his dramatic use of landscape, as well as more baroque, almost Bosch-like touches: a woman trapped in a wicker cage, a man in quicksand up to his neck. – DP

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