The screening event is being organized by the eighth Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The films will be shown at TIFF Bell Lightbox – Reitman Square between Jan. 26 and Feb. 5.
The films in which Güney worked as a producer, director, scriptwriter or actor between 1968 and 1982 will be screened at the events. The films include “Umut” (Hope), “Sürü” (The Herd), “Yol” (The Road), “Zavallılar” (The Poor People), “Ağıt” (Elegy), “Seyit Han,” “Aç Kurtlar “(Hungry Wolves) and “Arkadaş” (Friend).
The same films will also be screened in Turkey and other parts of the world as part of the second Yılmaz Güney Culture and Arts Festival between Jan. 15 and March 15.
An important portion of the festival’s revenue proceeds will go toward funding work conducted by the Yılmaz Güney Culture and Arts Foundation.
Yılmaz Güney (born Yılmaz Pütün, 1 April 1937 – 9 September 1984) was a Kurdish film director, scenarist, novelist, and actor. He quickly rose to prominence in the Turkish film industry. Many of his works were devoted to the plight of ordinary, working class people in Turkey. Güney won the Palme d’Or with the film Yol he co-produced with Şerif Gören at Cannes Film Festival in 1982. He was at constant odds with the Turkish government because of his portrayals of Kurdish culture, people and language in his movies. After killing a judge, something Yılmaz claimed to be innocent of, and being convicted in a trial in 1974, he fled the country and later lost his citizenship