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Susuz Yaz | Metin Erksan, 1963
Turkey | Format: 35mm | 81 minutes
Winner of the Golden Bear at the 1964 Berlin Film Festival, Dry Summer is the story of two brothers, Hasan and Osman, whose land contains the water source that irrigates all the surrounding farms. The land is fertile, and all is peaceful until an exceptionally arid summer puts pressure on the water supply. Osman decides to close down access to the water for his fellow farmers, who band together to fight him; although preoccupied with his upcoming wedding, it’s left to Hasan to try to reestablish peace before it’s too late. A powerful political melodrama that pits family loyalty against a sense of community, Dry Summer was actually released for a brief run in the U.S. in an English-dubbed version. Its politics, however, were overshadowed by its steamy sensuality, exploding the myth of innocent rural life and almost leading to a ban by the government.