Present Tense, my first fiction film of the SF International Film Festival. This nearly plotless movie from Turkey shows us Mina, a young woman, unemployed, on the verge of homelessness, drifting through the narrow streets & dilapidated buildings of Istanbul, with an inchoate plan to move to America. It looks promising when she stumbles into a job as a coffee house fortune teller, but things are really only getting worse. The movie is slow-moving & lingers on Mina's despondency. The photography is attractive, & Mina's surroundings are made to reflect her inner state.
Golden Gate Award for best new director later that evening.
woman seated next to me arrived with a shopping bag, out of which she
ate a multi-course meal after the lights went down. Mr. Uyehara was
effective at politely curbing an audience member who spoke at length about
her personal life but did not have a question for the filmmakers.
§ Present Tense
dir. Belmin Söylemez
Turkey, 2012, 110 mins.
The 56th Annual San Francisco International Film Festival
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Mon, 5/6 6:30 PM
Sundance Kabuki Cinemas, Wed, 5/8 6:00 PM