New Books
September , 2010
The Spatial Construct of Transvestites and Transsexuals in Turkish Cinema
March , 2011
Primary Language tr
Subjects Art
Journal Section Features

Author: Gamze HAKVERDİ (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Dates Publication Date : May 3, 2019


This article focuses on the “fish image” that appears in a number of films by various directors in the new Turkish cinema: Korkuyorum Anne (Mommy, I’m Scared!), Süt (Milk), Uzak (Distant), Filler ve Çimen (Elephants and Grass). In the films discussed, the image of a fish becomes a phallic leak that points to the dichotomy of gaining or losing masculine potency. This essay discusses the fish image that appears in fishing and fish-trading scenes, signifying phallic gain in some films, but in other films it represents the phallus in a moribund state, thus signifying a loss of male potency. In these films, fish images are not directly related to the narrative; they are visual leaks that evoke phallic issues.

Korkuyorum Anne, Süt, Uzak, Filler ve Çimen, fish image, gaining potency, losing potency, masculinity, phallic leak