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Courtesy of Global Film Initiative

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Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

2010, in Turkish with English subtitles

Turkey

96 minutes

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TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL

Toll Booth

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Kenan (Serkan Ercan) is a middle-aged toll booth attendant working at one of Turkey’s busiest highways.  Isolated and lonely, he goes from the routine of his job to a home life consumed by caring for his demanding, elderly father.  Increasingly preoccupied by memories of a happier time, he has a confrontation with his boss that leads to reassignment to a remote tollbooth in the middle of a poppy field. Among the occasional nomads who pass by is a beautiful woman (Sermet Yesil) whose mere presence hints at the possibility of change for Kenan. Director Karacelik prepared for this film by interviewing toll booth attendants at Istanbul’s Bosphorus Bridge that connects Europe with Asia.  Winner of Best First Film, Best Actor and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

“A psychological pressure cooker that could blow its lid at any moment...Painstakingly written and directed by Tolga Karacelik . . .The film’s swell of filial hatred communicates through fine acting and Ercan Ozkan’s eloquent photography, a grammar of light that cycles from gray to taupe to eau-de-nil."  - The New York Times

General admission is $10. MFAH members, senior adults, and students with ID receive a $2 discount.