Türkiye Turkey, 1993, DCP, Renkli Color, 104’, Anısına: Halit Refiğ In Memoriam: Halit Refiğ, Türkçe, İngilizce altyazılı, Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Halit Refiğ
Screenplay: Ümit Ünal
Cinematography: Ertunç Şenkay
Editing: Sedat Karadeniz
Music: Atilla Özdemiroğlu
Cast: Müjde Ar, Yaşar Alptekin, Mehmet Akan, Tomris Oğuzalp, Necati Bilgiç, Ayşe Demirel, Serra Yılmaz, Haldun Ergüvenç
Producer: Fedai Öztürk
Production Company: Burç Film
Üftade is a woman carrying the sorrow of an unfinished first romance and a wasted youth… After being in an unhappy marriage, she desperately returns home where her mother and her step father lives. One day, her sister, who left home years ago, returns home with her husband and her son, Umur. Üftade starts to share her loneliness and unhappiness with her nephew, and they become each other’s confidant. When Umur involuntarily leaves home, Üftade finds herself in a surreal world. Unable to escape the family issues and the memory of her lover whom she can’t unite with, Üftade becomes a schizophrenic woman. Umur returns home many years later, and tries to reconnect with his aunt, but sees that it’s not really possible now. He starts questioning himself, and realizes that no one ever tries to understand Üftade, so he tries to understand her aunt through her diaries that he found at home.
Turkey, 1990, DCP, Color, 143’,Refiğ In Memoriam: Halit Refiğ,Turkish with English subtitles
Director: Halit Refiğ
Screenplay: Halit Refiğ
Cinematography: Çetin Gürtop
Editing: Eyüp Yıldız
Music: Melih Kibar
Cast: Kadir İnanır, Hülya Koçyiğit, Perihan Savaş, Erol Taş, Tuncer Necmioğlu, Ayşegül Ünsal, Serra Yılmaz
Producer: Türker İnanoğlu
Production Company: Erler Film
Kemal Tahir’s novel “Women’s Ward”, which deals with his prison days in Malatya Prison, along with Turkey during the World War II, was adapted for cinema by the veteran film director Halit Refiğ. While depicting those days in the background, the film focuses on political criminal, Murat. In the prison, Murat witnesses the lives of other prisoners, including a child named Aduş, a woman in love with her, Tözey, the prison guard Şefika, and Hanım, who was sentenced to death for poisoning her husband.
Halit Refiğ directed his first films in 8mm while he served in the military. He published the Sinema Dergisi magazine together with Nijat Özön in 1956. He began his career as the assistant of Atıf Yılmaz and Yılmaz Güney, and made his directorial debut with “Forbidden Love” in 1961. He made several Turkish classics such as Stranger in the City (1962), Birds of Exile (1964) and Four Women in the Harem (1965). He pioneered the TV mini-series format in Turkey by adapting Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil’s novel “Forbidden Love” for television in 1975. He made over 60 films including Broken Lives (1965), Whack The Whore (1973), My Aunt (1986), Madame (1988), Women’s Ward (1989), Two Strangers (1990), and won several awards both in Turkey and abroad. He died at the age of 75 in 2009.