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The African King

Josef Capek

The African King

Josef Capek
  • Original Title: Černošský král
  • Date: 1920; Prague, Czech Republic  
  • Style: Synthetic Cubism
  • Genre: portrait, symbolic painting
  • Media: oil, canvas
  • Dimensions: 110 x 77.5 cm
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In his work, Josef Čapek drew inspiration from synthetic cubism, using its composition principles. The black king is a frontal stylised figure compiled from geometric shapes and imitations of real structures that are complemented with several more realistically rendered objects, for example a pipe. Similar to the sailors, the king evokes exoticism, adventure, and unknown worlds, which is connected with Čapek’s theoretic interest in the art of natural nations

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Sali (Tuesday) [2015]

  • Directed by: Ziya Demirel
  • Written by: Ziya Demirel, Buket Coskuner
  • Produced by: Ziya Demirel, Anna Maria Aslanoglu
  • An ordinary school day for a teenage girl in Istanbul and her encounters with three different men as she goes to school, plays basketball and takes a bus on the way home.

    Cannes Official Selection 2015
    TIFF Official Seelection 2015
    Sundance Official Selection 2015

    Produced by: Anna Maria Aslanoglu - Istos film (Turquie / Turkey) / Olivier Berlemont & Emilie Dubois - oriGine films (France)

    Director - Ziya Demirel
    Writers - Buket Coskuner | Ziya Demirel
    Producers - Anna Maria Aslanoglu | Ziya Demirel
    Cinematographer - Meryem Yavuz
    Editor - Henrique Cartaxo

    Cast:

    Melis Balaban - Asli
    Yonca Hiç -Ayse
    Can Karacayli - Ozan
    Zeki Ocak - Yasli Adam