Toss-Up

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Toss-Up
Yazi tura.jpg
Theatrical Poster
Directed byUğur Yücel
Produced by
Written byUğur Yücel
Starring
Music byErkan Oğur
CinematographyBarış Özbiçer
Edited by
Production
company
Release date
  • September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24)
Running time
102 mins
CountryTurkey
LanguageTurkish

Toss-Up (Turkish: Yazı Tura) is a 2004 Turkish drama film,[1] produced, written and directed by Uğur Yücel, starring Kenan İmirzalıoğlu and Olgun Şimşek as two soldiers return home from their military service in southeastern Turkey with disabilities. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24), won a record 11 awards at the 41st Antalya "Golden Orange" International Film Festival including the Golden Orange for Best Film.

Plot[edit]

Two soldiers return home from their military service in southeastern Turkey with disabilities. Cevher (nicknamed "the Ghost") has lost his hearing while Rıdvan (nicknamed "the Devil") has lost a leg. Both are emotionally and physically scarred and find difficulties in adjusting to normal civilian life.

Cast[edit]

Awards[edit]

The film won a record 11 awards at the 41st Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival including Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor (for Olgun Şimşek), Best Supporting Actor (for Bahri Beyat), Best Supporting Actress (for Eli Mango), Best Screenplay (for Uğur Yücel) and Best Music (for Erkan Oğur).[2]

Reception[edit]

Toss-Up has received had positive reviews from critics and audiences, earning a 87% audience score on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes from 427 views.[3] Derek Elley from Variety stated in April 2005 that it "draws some fine playing from its cast" and "solid material for festival sidebars and film weeks".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pelin Başcı Social Trauma and Telecinematic Memory: Imagining the Turkish Nation since the 1980 Coup, p. 10, at Google Books
  2. ^ "sinematurk.com: Awards for Yazı Tura". sinematurk.com. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  3. ^ "YAZI TURA (2004)". Retrieved 21 February 2019.
  4. ^ Elley, Derek (27 April 2005). "Toss Up". Variety. Retrieved 21 February 2019.

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