Despite Everything

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Despite Everything
Herşeya Ragmen | Orhan Oǧuz, 1988
Turkey | Format: 35mm | 87 minutes

Released from prison for unspecified offenses, Hasan (Talat Bulut) finds himself unable to reenter or even recognize the society into which he emerges. Even the most basic communication with other people is a challenge, and Hasan increasingly draws into himself. He finds a job as the driver of a hearse for one of Istanbul’s churches—a seemingly perfect job for someone trying to disappear in plain sight—but then he meets a woman and her son, and together they rekindle some kind of spark in Hasan’s life Directed by respected cinematographer Orhan Oǧuz (Motherland Hotel), Despite Everything played to great acclaim at the Directors Fortnight in Cannes, and won top prize at the Mannheim Film Festival. It continues the prison metaphor seen in so many films made in Turkey during the years following the 1980 military coup.

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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