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Black Dogs Barking (2009)

Kara Köpekler Havlarken (original title)
Restless and young, best buddies Selim and Çaça live a meager existence on the outskirts of Istanbul. By day they breed pigeons on the roof, by night they roam the streets with their ... See full summary »


Mehmet Bahadir Er, Maryna Er Gorbach (co-director) (as Maryna Gorbach)
4 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Cemal Toktas ... Selim
Volga Sorgu Volga Sorgu ... Çaça
Erkan Can ... Usta
Taylan Ertugrul Taylan Ertugrul ... Reis
Ayfer Dönmez Ayfer Dönmez ... Ayse
Murat Daltaban Murat Daltaban ... Mehmet
Ergun Kuyucu Ergun Kuyucu ... Sait
Mehmet Usta Mehmet Usta ... Anten
Onur Dikmen Onur Dikmen ... Sari
Muhammed Cangören Muhammed Cangören ... Persian Grandpa
Sener Savas Sener Savas ... Police
Vahap Erucu Vahap Erucu ... Lazkopat
Barlas Hünalp Barlas Hünalp ... Manager Barlas
Mehmet Bahadir Er Mehmet Bahadir Er ... Man with film camera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kuzey Yücehan Kuzey Yücehan


Restless and young, best buddies Selim and Çaça live a meager existence on the outskirts of Istanbul. By day they breed pigeons on the roof, by night they roam the streets with their entourage in their pimped-up car, "My Orange Angel". Their neighborhood's view of the city's gigantic business towers accelerates their ambitions. The two buddies want to open their own parking-lot business near a gigantic mall, and they just might get lucky, since they're supported by the local mafia boss. Written by Warsaw Film Festival

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19 March 2010 (Turkey) See more »

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Black Dogs Barking See more »

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Istanbul, Turkey

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A gritty little film with authentic dialogue that does for Istanbul...
25 March 2010 | by cgyfordSee all my reviews

Husband and wife directorial team Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Gorbach made their stunning feature début with this powerful little drama which has won them the Cinema Writers Association Best Film Award at the 21st Ankara International Film Festival as well as critical comparisons to a young Martin Scorsese.

Sometime pigeon trainer Selim (Cemal Toktaş) and best friend Çaça (Volga Sorgu) quickly find themselves out of their depth as they go behind the back of their local mafia boss to enter into a bidding war for a mall car park contract against a hard-nosed security contractor who does not welcome the competition.

The bland Cemal Toktaş is amiable enough in the lead role and develops a good relationship with award-winning stereotypical comedy sidekick Volga Sorgu and romantic interest Ayfer Dönmez but all are outshone by a superb supporting cast headed by veteran Erkan Can which includes Taylan Ertugrul, Murat Daltaban and a menacing Ergun Kuyucu.

The happily wedded film-makers have created a gritty and realistic look at Istanbul's treacherous underbelly which demonstrates an authentic ear for dialogue and tells an all to familiar tale which might prove a little too dark and depressing to make the film entirely palatable to international audiences.

"I have great plans for you."

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