Atif Yilmaz

Atif Yilmaz – Dul bir kadin AKA A Divorced Woman (1985)

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Among those who made interesting women’s films in the 1980s, and in the centre of the controversy about a feminist cinema, was Atıf Yılmaz. “A Divorced Woman” is one of those films about a woman who in the past had no other role but being a pretty ornament and sex object. She discovers her new sexuality with another woman. And adaptation of Necati Cumalı´s story by the same name (note: his play “bir sabah gülerek uyan”), about a woman who frees herself from male-dominated conventions. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Adi Vasfiye AKA Her Name is Vasfiye (1985)

A young writer anguished because he finds nothing interesting to write about, strolls through the streets of Izmir. He comes across a series of posters of Sevim Suna, a local singer. She intrigues him and he stops to wonder who she is. At that point a man comes up to him and says that her name is “Vasfiye”. The stranger begins to tell her story. As the young writer listens he finds himself transported into different versions of Vasfiye’s life. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Selvi boylum, al yazmalim AKA The Girl with the Red Scarf (1978)

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A classic and endlessly watchable love story that never dates Inspired by the novel of acclaimed writer Cengiz Aytmatov, Atif Yilmaz adapts one of history’s greatest love stories to the screen with the greatest finesse. It is said, in fact, that the French poet Aragon described The Girl With The Red Scarf as “the world’s greatest love story”. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Hayallerim, askim ve sen (1987)

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Coskun (Oguz Tunc;), who grew up in an orphanage, has been in love with the very famous film star Derya Altinay (Turkan Soray) all of his life. His only purpose in life is to meet her one day and write a film script for her. He is so much in love with her that he believes that he lives with the two film characters which she performed in her old movies. However these two old characters do not want him to write an original script for Derya Altinay as they will be forgotten when a new character is created. So, they start an emotional war to prevent him from writing his script. Written by Zeki Giritli Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Kadinin Adi Yok Aka The Woman Has No Name (1988)


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A woman’s fight for her identity and freedom as a woman.
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Atif Yilmaz – Asiye Nasil Kurtulur (1986)

Vasıf Öngören’in tiyaro metninden uyarlanan ”Asiye nasıl Kurtulur?” yönetmen Atıf Yılmaz’ın biçimsel denemelerinden biri ve dolayısıyla Türk sinemasında pek de rastlanmayan bir anlatım farklılılğına sahip.Aslında özünde bir kadının seksist ve feodal bir düzende varolma mücadelesini anlatan bir müzikal yapımda Yılmaz,kısıtlı bir mekanda kuruyor filmin bütün dünyasını.Bu yönüyle de zor bir deneyimin üstesinden gelmeyi başarıyor.hep aynı kişiler sürekli rol değiştiriyorlar ve bir nevi bulvar tiyatrosuna dönüştürüyorlar filmi.Bu özel dekorlar ve danslı müzkli sahneler frapan renklerle süslenmiş. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Degirmen AKA The Windmill (1986)


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In the last years of the Ottoman Empire, a poor little Anatolian town named Saripinar is hit by a minor earthquake which has neither destroyed nor left it with many casualties. However, a telegraph sent to the central government exaggerates the situation and mentions that the governor of the town has been severely wounded, making the event a nationwide matter. Written by baddah Read More »