Cautionary folktales from Turkey’s northeast Anatolia region are woven together in Reis Celik’s “Tales of Intransigence,” an episodic feature that conveys cultural humor and joie de vivre more zestily than most. It’s a natural for fest exposure, and should attract specialized rental/broadcast berths, especially where expat communities reside.
Set during the area’s forbidding winter season, framing device has 70-year-old local stage/film vet Tuncel Kurtiz (sole professional in the cast) as a storyteller who witnesses a race between two fools — one in a new minibus, another in a traditional horse-drawn sleigh — who risk their necks braving bad roads, blizzards, unreliable lake ice and other perils to reach a village first. This kind of macho obstinacy also proves ill-advised in three stories told to while away time. In one, two men obsess over a bet to the point of violence; in another, a peasant in love with a rich landowner’s son must answer a seemingly insoluble riddle before being accepted as his bride; lastly, a gambler dares his bank manager to make a bizarre wager. All tales (including the frame) have twist endings. Music, lensing, costumes and amateur perfs are flavorful.