Doberdob – A Novel By A Rebel

„The documentary film Doberdob, a Novel by a Rebel successfully gives a comprehensive portrait of the period between the two world wars and after 1945, introducing an exciting story with many twists that – according to Martin Turk – we wouldn't be willing to believe if it was turned into a feature film.“ Matej Juh, Radio Slovenija

„The documentary Doberdob, a Novel by a Rebel (...), filmed by the author and director Martin Turk, determinedly puts Prezihov Voranc right back into the Slovene historical memory as late as 65 years after the writer's death.(...). The film Doberdob, a Novel by a Rebel is an exceptional example of documentarian craft; besides, it includes suspense and a poetic, even open ending.“ Ženja Leiler, Delo

„The contents of this documentary, i. e. the information it contains, make it both interesting and intriguing enough so that it may give inspiration for at least three feature films.“ Zdenko Vrdlovec, Dnevnik

„The documentary feature presenting various narrators and professionals is not purely the story about a novel but mostly the life story of Prezihov Voranc. And what a cinematic life it was! What an existence!“ Irena Štaudohar, Sobota priloga

„Many narrators, Prezih's grand-daughter Metka PetriC among them, allow the documentary to encompass several dimensions of Prezihov Voranc, thus showing his literary and poetic greatness that surpasses his primary fame as the author of Lilies of the Valley and The Self-Sown.“ Petra Lesjak Tušek, Večer

 

Feed Me With Your Words

"The three-part story of a family of divided loyalties, whose protagonists constantly challenge one another only to realize they were looking for a genuine connection, operates on multiple levels and is anything but stereotypical, boring or already seen. Above all, the film is a legitimate representation of curious ideas and a promising filmmaking approach." Igor Harb, Vikend

"In style of some of his previous films, Turk again constructs a multi-layered structure tied into a solid whole through well placed interactions, events and gestures between its parts. The whole is thoughtfully presented on the level of photography, which acts as a connecting medium throughout the three stories along with the excellent musical score by Chris Eckman." Denis Valič, Pogledi

"Feed me With Your Words continues down the road Turk established in his earlier works, and takes several decisive steps forward in its formal and storytelling ambition." Špela Barlič, Ekran

"Overall, the acting is simply superb." Uroš Smasek, Večer

 

Room 408

“Room 408 is an insightful story addressing the relationship decisions of two couples. In his narration, Turk is unpredictable and at the same time ruthlessly frank.” Explanation of the FIPRESCI award, Festival of Slovenian Film 2009

“Using narrative minimalism (a general feature of the medium-length film) Turk manages to express quite a great deal of content.” Peter Kolšek, Delo

“Turk’s film remains sworn to the visual nature of film language, the black-and-white aesthetics of routine human gestures, silent shots and longing, lonely gazes as well as genuinely acted out and originally directed romantic encounters.” Katja Čičigoj, Ekran

 

Everyday Is Not The same

“Although familiar, felt and seen in Altman, Anderson and elsewhere, Turk nonetheless manages to create a lively and sensitive short film that helps the viewer enjoy at least twenty minutes of his day. In light of this, the film’s entry to the Cannes Film Festival in the section Quinzaine des realisateurs does not come as a surprise.” Ana Ivančič, InDirekt

 “In 2008, Martin Turk’s film Everyday is Not The Same has entered in the Official Selection of the Cannes Film Festival. Using a cubist approach founded on simultaneous scenes from a single story, which in the film naturally appear in succession, the director portrays the optical diversity of an unusual human experience. In recent years, Martin Turk established himself as an author with a precise sense for the visual, who is not unfamiliar with the genre-oriented approach but unconventionally uses it to reveal human states of mind, emotional and social relations. As a screenwriter and director, he shapes film stories, events and characters with great sensibility and refinement, introducing to the Slovenian film space a Romanic and Mediterranean air.” Explanation of the GOLDEN GRAIN 2008 award

 

A Slice Of Life

“A Slice Of Life reveals Martin Turk as an author interested in the narration of personal emotions, dilemmas and issues. In his own words, he has recently been inspired by the relationship between men and women in their thirties. Certainly, his work doesn’t assume the usual stance of direct storytelling but is shrouded in a distinguished film form. A slice of life, the best short film at the Festival of Slovenian Film 2006, is in such fashion a surreal love triangle that tells a familiar subject in a shocking, unusual way.” Goran Vojnović, Ekran

“Director Martin Turk uses his camera well to make something pretty ordinary into something almost unbearably sinister. The film has a slow build and the fact that it is initially so grittily realistic makes the genre twist all the more creepy. Satisfyingly surreal.” Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film

 

Stealing The Corn

“Turk’s Stealing The Corn (2009) convinces the viewer with its strong, simple yet eloquent and highly suggestive film language that requires no spoken word. A simple story about a boy caught in the act of snatching corn may be seen as a compliment to all those who favour inter-generational dialogue over the use of repressive methods when raising children.” Denis Valič, Delo