The Market: A Tale of Trade

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The Market: A Tale of Trade
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Film poster
Directed byBen Hopkins
Produced byRoshanak Behesht Nadjad
Written byBen Hopkins
StarringTayanç Ayaydın
Genco Erkal
Şenay Aydın
Hakan Şahin
Music byCihan Sezer
CinematographyKonstantin Kröning
Release date
  • 27 October 2008 (2008-10-27)
Running time
93 minutes
United Kingdom

The Market: A Tale of Trade (Turkish: Pazar: Bir Ticaret Masalı) is a 2008 international co-production drama film, written and directed by Ben Hopkins, starring Tayanç Ayaydın as a small-time blackmarket trader in a provincial town in Eastern Turkey tasked with procuring some valuable medicine. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on 27 October 2008 (2008-10-27), has won awards at film festivals in Locarno, Ghent and Antalya, where it was the first film directed by a foreigner to win an award in the national competition.[1]


The film was shot on location in Van Province, Turkey in April–June 2007.

Film Synopsis[edit]

From the film’s official website: 1994. Mihram is a comic and inventive small-time blackmarket trader in a provincial town in Eastern Turkey. He has many ideas for good business deals, but never enough capital to realise them. One day the hospital supply truck is robbed, and the local GP hires Mihram to find some medicines on the black market. Finally, Mihram has the necessary capital to make a good deal, but he will have to gamble with the community’s money. If he loses, he will be an outcast. If he wins, he will have a good start-up business. But he hasn’t reckoned with two things – the local mafia, and the inscrutable rules of the marketplace.

THE MARKET is a predominantly realistic, and often comic, film about the workings of capitalism in the rather poor communities of Eastern Turkey.


The film premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2008. It has been released in cinemas in Germany, Belgium, Holland and Turkey. The UK release was on 16 April 2010 and it has since been broadcast on the digital television channel BBC4.


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