Kutlug Ataman – Ruhuma asla AKA Never My Soul (2001)

“Never my soul” is a phrase taken from the cliche sentence the good-Turkish-girl character says to her rapist in many old Turkish movies – “You can have my body but never my soul!”.

The film has at its centre a transsexual who is pretending to be Türkan Şoray, the real-life super diva of the Turkish Cinema. The transsexual’s true life is similar to the melodramatic plot of a Türkan Şoray movie. She was born a boy, beaten up by her military father throughout her childhood for exhibiting “effeminate” behaviour, taken to psychiatrists at the age of thirteen to cure her of her sexual “deviance,” and later beaten and tortured by a notorious Istanbul police chief. Now living in Lausanne, her kidneys have failed and she is on dialysis. She has to make her living through prostitution. Continue reading

Kutlug Ataman – Aya Seyahat (2009)


1957. A remote village in Erzincan province, Eastern Turkey. The quest of four villagers to travel to the moon is documented with the use of found black-and-white photos and the aid of a local narrator. A wide range of established Turkish intellectuals offer their views of the events that took place in 1957. The resulting film curiously becomes an in-depth study of contemporary Turkish culture, rather than an historical documentary. Continue reading

Kutlug Ataman – Iki Genc Kiz AKA Two Girls (2005)

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From Wikipedia:

İki Genç Kız (The international working title is 2 Girls) is a Golden Orange awarded 2005 Turkish film by Kutluğ Ataman, starring Feride Çetin, Vildan Atasever and Hülya Avşar. The film is based on Perihan Mağden’s novel İki Genç Kızın Romanı (translated into English as 2 Girls), and it follows the novel’s plot closely although it diverges from it at some points.

The film is about two girls, Behiye (Feride Çetin) and Handan (Vildan Atasever), two teenage girls with contrasting characteristics and backgrounds, forming a close relationship with sexual implications. As they become closer and closer the relationship becomes more fragile, and the impossibility of the survival of their relationship becomes more evident by time. Economic, social, psychological, and sexual problems come in the way. Continue reading