Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Turkish Film "Three Monkeys" Screened in Washington, DC

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Turkish Film "Three Monkeys" Screened in Washington, DC

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An acclaimed Turkish artist chose an award-winning Turkish movie to be shown on Sept. 18 as part of the "Moving Perspectives" program at the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, DC. Carol Huh, assistant curator of contemporary Asian art, gave a brief overview of multimedia artist Hale Tenger and director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who won the 2008 Best Director award at the Cannes Film Festival for "Three Monkeys."

Both Tenger and Ceylan treat violence with subtlety and emphasize the personal meaning of space. Tenger's current installation at the Sackler evokes the assassination of Rafiq Hariri, former prime minister of Lebanon, by filming the flapping curtains and shifting light on the façade of Beirut's St. Georges Hotel. Hariri was assassinated in front of the hotel on Feb. 14, 2005, when his motorcade was blown up in a massive explosion. While the film was made later during the renovation of the hotel, the tragic moment is represented by the sudden interruption of the musical score and jerking camera movements. …

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