Coffee’s Just an Excuse, Cinema’s the Muse!

January 14 - February 1, 2015

“Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink;
it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location,
but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes,
but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.”
Gertrude Stein

 

 

 

Pera Film’s first program for the New Year is brewing with a selection of cinematic tales of coffee and the enigmatic culture surrounding it. As Gertrude Stein eloquently puts it, coffee is “a lot more than just a drink.” The film program Coffee’s Just an Excuse, Cinema’s the Muse, presented in the context of the Museum’s collection exhibition Coffee Break: The Adventure of Coffee in Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics, explores coffee and its culture in cinema through narrative fiction and documentaries. Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia; this “magic fruit” reached the land of the Ottomans through Yemen in the 15th century. Coffee soon assumed its place as a prestigious beverage in the palace and wealthy households. Over time, it not only generated its own rituals and ceremonies, but also played an instrumental role in the development of social life. The selected films for this coffee program travel into different aspects of the social life. Jim Jarmusch’s cult film Coffee and Cigarettes conjures up a nostalgic time when people actually took the time to converse with one another, a time when coffee and cigarettes were the props over which we shared our worries rather than the causes of them. Wayne Wang’s wanderings around Brooklyn with writer Paul Auster, which came to life as the film Smoke is about a tobacconist on an intersection in Brooklyn, providing a haven from the hustle and flow for his peculiar customers. Blue in the Face presents a series of improvisational situations strung together forming a collage of unusual characters; Straight to Hell a film about a gang of bank robbers finding their way to a surreal town full of cowboys who drink an awful lot of coffee. Inside Llewyn Davis tells the story of a struggling folk singer in 1960s New York City, Greenwich Village performing at a coffeehouse, the Gaslight Café, a countercultural institution showcasing poets and folk music. Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination is a cinematic collaboration between young Israeli and Palestinian filmmakers, who together created a series of short films, all dealing with - coffee. The satirical documentary Coffee Futures weaves individual fortunes with the story of Turkey's decades-long attempts to become a member of the European Union whereas Hot Coffee investigates what lies behind America's obsession with “the civil wrong” through the McDonald's coffee case. The program’s final selection is a documentary A Film About Coffee, a love letter to, and meditation on, specialty coffee. A short animation film on coffee accompanies the program.

January 14

19:00 A Film About Coffee

January 16

19:00 A Film About Coffee

20:30 Smoke

January 17

14:00 Hot Coffee

18:00 Coffee and Cigarettes

January 18

14:00 Smoke

16:00 Blue in the Face

18:00 Straight to Hell

January 28

19:00 Blue in the Face

January 29

19:00 Hot Coffee

January 30

18:00 Coffee Futures

A Cup of Turkish Coffee

21:00 Inside Llewyn Davis

January 31

13:00 Coffee Futures

A Cup of Turkish Coffee

16:00 Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination

19:00 Straight to Hell

February 1

13:00 Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination

15:00 Inside Llewyn Davis

17:00 Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and Cigarettes

A Film About Coffee

A Film About Coffee

Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination

Coffee: Between Reality and Imagination

Hot Coffee

Hot Coffee

Straight to Hell

Straight to Hell

Smoke

Smoke

Blue in the Face

Blue in the Face

Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

Coffee Futures

Coffee Futures

A Cup of Turkish Coffee

A Cup of Turkish Coffee

Program Trailer

Coffee’s Just an Excuse, Cinema’s the Muse!

As Gertrude Stein eloquently puts it, coffee is “a lot more than just a drink.” The film program Coffee’s Just an Excuse, Cinema’s the Muse, explores coffee and its culture in cinema through narrative fiction and documentaries.

Coffee Break

Discovered in Ethiopia as the “magic fruit,” and reaching the land of the Ottomans through Yemen in the 15th century, coffee soon assumed its place as a prestigious beverage in the palace and wealthy households. 

Coffee Break

Seaside Leisure

Seaside Leisure

Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure: Nostalgia from Sea Baths to Beaches exhibition brought together photographs, magazines, comics, objects, and books from various private and institutional collections, and told a nostalgic story while also addressing the change and socialization of the norms of how Istanbulites used their free time. Istanbul’s Seaside Leisure was a documentary testament of the radical transformations in the Republic’s lifestyle. 

Midnight Stories: COGITO <br> Tevfik Uyar

Midnight Stories: COGITO
Tevfik Uyar

He had imagined the court room as a big place. It wasn’t. It was about the size of his living room, with an elevation at one end, with a dais on it. The judges and the attorneys sat there. Below it was an old wooden rail, worn out in some places. That was his place. There was another seat for his lawyer. At the back, about 20 or 30 chairs were stowed out for the non-existent crowd.

Rineke Dijkstra Look At Me!

Rineke Dijkstra Look At Me!

“The portrait tells us that there is an inner and an outer dimension of the human condition; it provides—or should provide—information about both the physical and psychological character of an individual.”