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KÖÇEK

KÖÇEK
TURKEY, 1975, DVD, color, 82’

DIRECTOR: Nejat Saydam
SCREENPLAY: Nejat Saydam
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Melih Sertesen
CAST: Müjde Ar, Mahmut Hekimoğlu, İlhan Daner, Nisa Serezli
PRODUCER: Murat Köseoğlu

Köçek signals from the first scene onwards, where newly starred Müjde Ar of ‘Aşk-ı Memnu’ is wandering around with her musician friends as Caniko, swearing around in every possible way she can, that it is going to be an astounding journey. Caniko, being rough in the way she walks and talks, perplexes people: “Is she a man or a woman?”. Thus, she becomes a “draft man”, a “dancer boy”. She is not permitted to live as she feels and pleases. A part of her must abide by the normative. With a libido as high as a mountain and a surprise every other second, Köçek creates a universe in the eyes of the viewer where border lines become vague and different identities become intertwined. Although Caniko cannot live up to her dream, the film is still worth seeing for its rebelliousness, glorification of fantesies and handling of sexual orientations. Burcu Aykar Şirin

NEJAT SAYDAM
He was born in İstanbul in 1929. He started acting in 1946, four years after which he started working in the cinema industry as an assistant. He directed his first film ‘Kin’ (Spite) in 1957 and wrote about 90 screenplays. He died in 2000.

SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY
1973 Dinmeyen Sızı
1972 Şehvet Kurbanı
1969 Fosforlu Cevriyem
1968 Dünyanın En Güzel Kadını
1961 Küçük Hanımefendi
1958 Tilki Leman

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