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Gizli Yüz | Ömer Kavur, 1991
Turkey | Turkish with English subtitles | Format: 35mm | 115 minutes
Adapted by Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk from his novel The Black Book, Secret Face introduces us to a young photographer who spends each night haunting late-night Istanbul cafes, capturing on film the faces he meets in the shadows. The audience for his work is a mysterious woman, who scans his photographs in search of a certain face. At last she seems to find it, on a clockmaker working in a provincial town, and she sends the photographer off to find him. But soon this woman also disappears, setting the photographer off on a search that will bring him into an increasingly mysterious space made up equally of the physical world and the recesses of his own consciousness. A fascinating, gripping work with overtones of Kafka that subverts our expectations at every turn, Secret Face also features a haunting, minimalist score by Cahit Berkay that provides the perfect counterpoint to photographer’s quest.