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The Bandit is a film of genre Drama directed by Yavuz Turgul with Şener Şen

The Bandit (1996)

The Bandit
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Length 2h1
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Genres Drama,    Thriller,    Action,    Crime
Rating82% 4.1487754.1487754.1487754.1487754.148775

The Bandit (Turkish: Eşkıya) is a 1996 Turkish film written and directed by Yavuz Turgul and starring Şener Şen and Uğur Yücel.

According to the director the film, which is about a bandit who comes to Istanbul after serving a 35-year jail sentence, "blends fairy tale elements while carrying the notion of reality within a fictional story."

The film is highly popular in Turkey, where it drew in 2½ million viewers and in Germany where it won a Bogey Award. The film is exclusively regarded as the savior and the turning point of the Turkish cinema which was desperately struggling against the foreign films since 1980 and having difficulty to attract the domestic audience.

It was Turkey's official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards.

Synopsis

After serving a 35-year jail sentence, Baran (played by Şener Şen), an eşkıya (a bandit, a haydut in Turkish), is released from prison in a town in Eastern Turkey. When returning to the home village he witness the fact that the world has changed dramatically during those years, with the village itself underwater after the construction of a dam. Then he also finds out that the person who masterminded the betrayal that brought him to jail was Berfo (Kamuran Usluer), a friend who had once been closer to him than a brother. In order to snare Keje (Sermin Şen), Baran's sweetheart, Berfo seized his best friend's gold and had Baran arrested by the gendarmes on Mountain Cudi. Then Berfo purchased Keje from her father against her will, and disappeared. According to rumor, he is in Istanbul.

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