Turkey

Çagan Irmak – Ulak AKA The Messenger (2008)

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I am pretty sure Chagan Irmak was aware of the fact that the movie is completely different than what people was expecting. He is brave enough to discuss the issues like freedom of speech, military coups in his movies explicitly. But this time, he was indirect and he makes people to think. In most of the Turkish movies, it is a tradition to give the message in a direct way. But this makes Ulak special .. Irmak breaks those traditions. The photography, costumes are were great. Throughout the movie, I tried where/when the story takes place. What is their religion? I liked that disturbance in my mind. which make me to think and I enjoyed my mind trip! Read More »

Ömer Vargi – Her sey çok güzel olacak AKA Everything’s Gonna Be Great (1998)

A small-time crook digs himself deeper into trouble the harder he tries to get out in this comedy from Turkey. Altan (Cem Yilmaz) is a low-level criminal severely lacking in both luck and skill, and his wife (Ceyda Duvenci) has had just about enough of his life outside the law. In desperation, Altan strikes upon an idea for one big score — his brother (Mazhar Alanson) is the manager of a pharmaceutical warehouse, so Altan grabs his bother, nabs a large cache of drugs, and heads to the seashore where he can sell his ill-gotten wares. However, just as business starts to pick up for Altan, a gang of rival drug dealers decide they would also like a piece of the action. Her Sey Cok Guzel Olacak /Everything’s Gonna Be Great was a major box office success in Turkey, partly due to the presence of Mazhar Alanson as Altan’s brother, who is a major Turkish pop star. Read More »

Erden Kiral – Mavi sürgün AKA The Blue Exile (1993)

Brief Synopsis
Based on an autobiographical novel, story of the four year exile (1922-26) from his Turkish homeland of early European ecologist Cevat Sakir (1890-1973).

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Based on the true story of Cevat Şakir, a Turkish writer who, just after Turkey’s defeat in World War I, fell foul of the authorities when he wrote about deserters from the army. At first sentenced to hang, he was later sent to a distant part of the country to serve a prison sentence and eventually allowed to live in a rented house. Read More »

Selim Demirdelen – Anlat Istanbul (2005)

“Deftly interweaving five contempo vignettes with fairy tale flavors, slick criss-crosser “Istanbul Tales” is both a compulsively watchable entertainment as well as an atmospheric love letter to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Long-gestated project by writer Umit Unal, who finally shared helming chores with four others … Though the directors basically worked on individual stories, there’s so much overlap between them — on both dramatic and editing levels — and the styles are so undifferentiated that the finished film looks like the work of a single helmer. Unal, who labored over the script for several years, says he finally invited others to share direction simply to give the movie a sustained sense of energy. … Read More »

Gürcan Keltek – Meteorlar (2017)

They come at night and everybody steps out. They light torches and remember those who have walked these streets before them. In the coming hours, the city will be on lockdown: an eclipse appears and meteors start to fall. Read More »

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 »

Ayse Toprak – Mr Gay Syria (2017)

Mr. Gay Syria follows two gay Syrian refugees who are trying to rebuild their lives. Husein is a barber in Istanbul, living a double life between his conservative family and his gay identity. Mahmoud is the founder of Syria’s LGBTI movement and is a refugee in Berlin. What brings them together is a dream: to participate in an international beauty contest as an escape from their trapped lives and an answer to their invisibility. Will the dream come true or will the refugee crisis and the harsh consequences of being gay in the Muslim world shatter it to pieces? Read More »