The Beyond Borders film festival, based in Castellorizo, Greece, has generously collaborated with the Centre for the Study of the Balkans at Goldsmiths and the Institute of Historical Research to host this special screening on 22 October at 6pm at Curzon Goldsmiths.
The Legend of the Ugly King
22 October 2018, 6pm at Curzon Goldsmiths
Tickets: £7 general admission, £5 students & concessions
**Winner of the 2018 prize for Best Historical Documentary**
About the film:
They called him ‘The Ugly King’: a myth, a hero, a film legend. But who was Yilmaz Güney? A highly talented director? A revolutionary? A murderer? A genius or a lunatic? Director Hüseyin Tabak is searching for answers by conducting research for a script about the Kurdish filmmaker from Turkey. Güney was sentenced to more than 100 years in prison for political reasons and for murdering a judge. He started making movies from jail. His most famous film, Yol, won the Palme d‘Or in 1982. The deeper Hüseyin digs, the more the legendary Ugly King appears human and vulnerable. Through interviews with family, friends and colleagues, as well as clips from his films and rare footage of the man himself, Hüseyin Tabak explores Güney’s enduring legacy.
In attendance: The audience will include the General Consul from the Greek Embassy in London, organisers from the Beyond Borders film festival, and Professor Jo Fox, Director of the IHR.