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The Festival of Troubadours: Touching Journey of a Father and Son

The world-famous digital entertainment platform Netflix has released the Turkish movie The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı). The movie has long been awaited with great excitement due to its casting and compelling story. The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı), starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Settar Tanrıöğen in the lead roles, has been on the top of the “Top 10 movies in Turkey” since its release date on September 2nd.

Netflix has released the Turkish movie The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı)
Netflix has released the Turkish movie The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı)

The reunion of a father and a son after 25 years of disconnection seems to lock the audience before their screens. The perfect story, flawless acting, and magical panorama of Anatolia’s background will make you love the Turkish movie.

What is the Story of The Festival of Troubadours?

The movie, first of all, is a father and son story, or else, it is a film that revolves around the journey of two people. They are father and son, and yet, they barely know each other. There are resentments that accompany the journey. The father Heves Ali (played by Settar Tanrıöğen) shows up after 25 years of absence and the son, attorney Yusuf (played by Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ), has difficulty accepting and facing this situation.

The Festival of Troubadours is starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Settar Tanrıöğen in the lead roles
The Festival of Troubadours is starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Settar Tanrıöğen in the lead roles

Let’s Go Back a Little Further!

The story of The Festival of Troubadours follows a wandering singer. He, 25 years after visiting his wife’s cemetery in Kırşehir, runs into his son. While Özcan Alper is directing the Turkish show, Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Settar Tanrıöğen, and Laçin Ceylan share the lead roles. In addition to the gripping story of the Turkish movie, another important detail to note is that the film brings young talents and veteran actors together.

Heves Ali (played by Settar Tanrıöğen) in The Festival of Troubadour
Heves Ali (played by Settar Tanrıöğen) in The Festival of Troubadour

You may remember the name of Settar Tanrıöğen for his splendid performance in another Netflix Turkish original series Bir Başkadır (Ethos). In the series, Settar Tanrıöğen starred as Ali Sadi Hoca, a hodja in the mosque of the neighborhood. The hodja was a middle-class religious man as well as the spiritual guide of the local people.

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is acting as attorney Yusuf in The Festival of Troubadour
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is acting as attorney Yusuf in The Festival of Troubadour

Two Complete Opposite Characters of The Festival of Troubadours: A Wandering Musician Father and Lonely Settled Attorney Son

In the story of The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı), a traveling father, who is a singer, pays a visit to his son 25 years after paying respects at his wife’s grave. He is currently traveling to a festival to meet up with his musician mates. However, when his son learns about his failing health, he goes with his father.

The story of Aşıklar Bayramı revolves around a father and a son meeting after 25 years
The story of Aşıklar Bayramı revolves around a father and a son meeting after 25 years

The question that Aşıklar Bayramı Asks: What is Fatherhood?

The voyage that could end their problems from the time the father abandoned his son starts there. Will the two achieve inner peace before it’s too late when grievances are voiced and the importance of being a Father is realized?

How does the Journey of Father and Son Begin?

In the Netflix movie, Settar Tanrıöğen (Heves Ali) visits his son Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Yusuf) after 25 years. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Yusuf) is astonished and perplexed by this. He learns that the father stopped by after visiting the grave of his wife and that he is now traveling to Kars. So, the reason for this travel is to meet up with his pals for the Festival of Troubadours.

Settar Tanrıöğen (acted as Heves Ali) is a traveling musician in The Festival of Troubadour (Netflix)
Settar Tanrıöğen (acted as Heves Ali) is a traveling musician in The Festival of Troubadour (Netflix)

However, the son quickly learns that his father’s health condition is getting worse. And thus, he decides to go on a journey with him. So, this journey, therefore, unearths the unspoken, resentments, regrets, and forgiveness, if possible!

The Intense Confrontation in The Festival of Troubadours

Well, the son, Yusuf, finally vents the frustrations he has been holding inside himself because they are now on a long journey full of hardship. What’s more, they have got an eternal opportunity to talk about the past and confront it.

Turkish actor Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is acting as a young attorney Yusuf who lives alone
Turkish actor Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ is acting as a young attorney Yusuf who lives alone

Yusuf, the attorney in his late 30s, wants to know why Heves Ali left back then as he talks about the life he has led for the past 25 years, which his father is obviously oblivious of.

“Fathers are Never Whole”

A mind-blowing quote from the movie: “A word that is only half complete because fathers are never whole.” This is one of the lines that make the movie so intense and crushing. Just like the mythologies have been examining the father and son issues for the last 3000 years, the movie also artfully revolves around this antique concept.

The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı) premiered on Netflix on September 2, 2022
The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı) premiered on Netflix on September 2, 2022

What is the Cast of The Festival of Troubadours?

In the movie, some of the most recognized and accomplished actors and actresses come together. While Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ and Settar Tanrıöğen share the lead roles, other talented names such as Erkan Can, Burcu Cavrar, Laçin Ceylan also star in the movie.

What is the Release Date of The Festival of Troubadours?

The Turkish original movie The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı) premiered on Netflix on September 2, 2022.

What are the Technical Details of Aşıklar Bayramı?

The movie is an adaptation of the novel written by Kemal Varol in the same title. So, yes, the movie is an adaptation of a novel. Özcan Alper, on the other hand, the accomplished Turkish director, is directing the movie. As for the writers of the scenario, Özcan Alper and Kemal Varol take on the job.

The Festival of Troubadours is an adaptation of the novel written by Kemal Varol in the same title
The Festival of Troubadours is an adaptation of the novel written by Kemal Varol in the same title

When it comes to the genre of the movie, The Festival of Troubadours is a pure drama with a very strong story and screenplay. And the movie runs for 1 hour and 42 minutes.

After All: Should or Shouldn’t We Watch the Festival of Troubadours?

This movie will undoubtedly be worth anticipating because it will present a completely extraordinary and provocative perspective on fathers and the kind of people they are. Because they have lived a life that was exclusively for them, they are more than just fathers. Consequently, this Turkish original movie The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı) will take both the audience and the characters on a journey.

Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (as Yusuf), Özcan Alper (director and screenwriter), and Settar Tanrıöğen (as Heves Ali) from left to right
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (as Yusuf), Özcan Alper (director and screenwriter), and Settar Tanrıöğen (as Heves Ali) from left to right

Short in a long story, if you are open question the facts that you have thought are true so far, what’s more, if you have the courage to question yourself, The Festival of Troubadours (Aşıklar Bayramı) promises you a complete 102 minutes of journey onto your existence.

The Festival of Troubadours Official Trailer

Below, by clicking the link, you can watch the official trailer of the movie.

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