Additional information for The Market - A Tale of Trade (Pazar - Bir ticaret masali), which has a domestic theatrical release set for October 14, 2009. The film is being distributed by Unknown and has not yet been rated. The Market - A Tale of Trade (Pazar - Bir ticaret masali) has a total running time of 93 minutes.
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A Turkish small time black marketeer wants to enter the cell phone business. To get enough money, he promises the local doctor to get medicine for sick children.
Somewhere in Turkey near the border of Azerbaijan in the mid 1990s. An Oriental storyteller introduces our main character, MIHRAM. Her song tells of a traveller and a trader in exotic and precious goods, a "merchant of four seasons"... a song about our hero... Cut to MIHRAM, a poor, low-level trader who makes small profits with a few slightly dodgy deals. MIHRAM is also a half-hearted Muslim. He goes to the mosque, he prays and he asks God for a streak of good luck, and, after prayers, makes a few sales to locals on the steps outside and gets a drink at the bar. MIHRAM is also sharp. He sees that his region is on the brink of a new era. Engineers are moving in, putting up antennae to allow the mobile phone network to extend to this remote-ish area. MIHRAM wants to tap into this growth sector: he has found an empty shop on the market place, but needs capital for the "start-up package" to become an official mobile phone trader - money he simply doesn't have. Local Mafia operator MUSTAFA is aggressive in his offers of help. But MIHRAM resists - he wants to remain an independent trader, "an island". One day the local DOCTOR asks MIHRAM for help: the hospital supply truck has been robbed. She will give MIHRAM money to buy the childrens medication that they desperately need on the black market. MIHRAM senses that this is his chance to turn his luck around. He will invest the DOCTOR's cash in some chemicals which he can buy "under-the-counter" from a contact at the Canadian mine; chemicals which he can sell at a good profit over the border [in Azerbaijan] and where he can purchase the medicine for the DOCTOR. In other words, he will gamble with the hospital's money to make enough to procure the medicine and pocket the difference to rent the shop and a mobile phone retail licence. And all without having to borrow money from MUSTAFA MIHRAM sets off to the other side of the border together with his uncle FAZIL who is a nervy, moany old man; a comic character who is depressed about everything. The plan gets off to a good start and the dynamic duo make a substantial profit. The next day, when he arrives at the pharmacy from whom he'd arranged to buy the medicine, MIHRAM is horrified to discover that there's been a rush on it, and that its sold out. The shortage in MIHRAM's home country has increased demand this side of the border. The only place left to buy the medicine is the hospital in Ezren. MIHRAM approaches the hospital dispenser BARAN, expecting a straightforward negotiation. But it seems BARAN is as much an "operator" as MIHRAM. He assesses well how much MIHRAM is desperate for the sale. MIHRAM barters wildly with the man but BARAN is torn between the money and his conscience. Finally, BARAN is spared the decision when he is called away to an emergency. Left alone in the dispensary, MIHRAM has a moment of madness and steals the medicine. Whilst making his escape, MIHRAM walks into a childrens ward and is riddled with guilt, but hes gone beyond the point of return. Back at home, MIHRAM drowns his self-loathing in drink but an unpleasant encounter with MUSTAFA soon sobers him up. MUSTAFA reveals that it was he who bought up all the medicine over the border. He tells MIHRAM that he knows he stole the drugs and makes him a proposition. Either he offers MUSTAFA a 50% share in his phone business or MUSTAFA will share his information with the police. MIHRAM staggers off into the empty market place and falls asleep. Here, over his unconscious body, the storyteller sings a final song; "Where does the moon get its light?" In the morning MIHRAM wakes to the activity of the market, the shouting, bartering, haggling, the ceaseless activity; people who win, people who lose, the activity he used to love so much, but which now seems to him a battle. He sees his wife, daughter and UNCLE FAZIL starting work on the shop and goes to join them.
--(From the official website)
The Market - A Tale of Trade (Pazar - Bir ticaret masali)
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