Turkey

Lütfi Akad – Tahir ile Zühre (1952)

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The film narrates the struggle of Tahir and Zühre, two lovers trying to reunite. Zühre is a princess while Tahir is the son of a vizier. Growing up together in the palace, the two are deeply in love with each other. However, Bekir, one of the heirs to the dynasty, opposes their marriage. Bekir spreads rumors about Tahir in order to prevent their marriage. So, Tahir falls out of favor with the Sultan due to the rumors about him. Tahir and Zühre will have to make sacrifices to be together. (Yiğitalp Ertem) Read More »

Dervis Zaim – Cenneti Beklerken aka Waiting for Heaven (2006)

Review by Necla Algan:
A masterpiece from Derviş Zaim, one of the most original directors of Turkish cinema…
There can be little doubt that Waiting for Heaven ranks as one of the most important works of Turkish cinema. Here is a film that stands out for its unique story and visual richness, its original themes and multi-layered, poetic narrative.
The central character of Waiting for Heaven is Eflatun, a miniaturist… Set in the 17th century, the film uses Eflatun’s personal story as a springboard for exploring a multiplicity of themes including the identity of the artist, the relationship between art and reality, the period of history in question and the struggle for power. Read More »

Nesli Çölgeçen – Kardesim benim AKA My Brother (1983)

Şöhretini yitirip, bunalıma düşen eski bir sinema aktörüyle, aşık olduğu bir bar hostesinin öyküsü. Read More »

Nezahat Gündogan – Hay Way Zaman AKA Unburied in the Past (2013)

This is the story of Emoş Gülver, one of hundreds of women who decided to search for their roots after seeing the 2010 documentary “İki Tutam Saç: Dersim’in Kayıp Kızları” (Two Locks of Hair: The Lost Girls of Dersim), which recounted the stories of little girls who were separated from their parents in the late 1930s during a state intervention against the Dersim revolt in Tunceli. Read More »

Atif Yilmaz – Gece, Melek ve Bizim Çocuklar aka The Night, Angel and Our Children (1994)

A story set in the back alleys and nightclubs of Beyoğlu among drag queens and prostitutes, pimps and hopeless lovers…

It shows all the dark corners of Beyoglu, Istanbul. Prostitutes, transexuals and their pimps are the protagonists of this movie, which is quite unlikely for a movie made in 1994. More strange thing is that the director creates a perfect atmosphere with real transsexuals, gay bars and night clubs. Read More »

Zeynep Kececiler – Uzak Renk Ahenk AKA Harmony of Color in Far (2004) (DVD)

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Programme which aims to inform people on Kars and Ardahan region that has always played a role as a bridge in history between Anatolia and Caucasia, is composed of two serials each of them last 28 minutes. Programme has been prepared after a year long.
It aims to inform audience the different mosaic of these two cities that take place on the extremity points of Turkey. The rich structure of these mysterious cities of East, still protect their multicolor configuration in a kind of harmony pecular to them. Read More »

Yilmaz Atadeniz – Kilink uçan adama karsi aka Kilink Vs. Flying Man (1967)

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The first sequel to KILINK ISTANBUL’DA picks up right where the 1st installment left off. Superman manages to locate Kilink’s hideout on a remote island where his fiancé and her father are being held behind bars. Meanwhile, Kilink’s scientists finally manufacture a lethal destructive canon-like weapon that is able to blast away even portions of mountains. Superman arrives there not flying but as an ordinary man and after becoming a target for the weapon is captured and locked up with his woman and his future dad-in-law. Of course, Superman triumphs but, fortunately, Kilink gets away. The film ends with a separate episode that has nothing to do with the island and the weapon. This time Kilink murders a rich foreign woman and steals her jewels. But Superman is still around for the final conflict. Sadly, the part with this conflict was destroyed decades ago. At least, the producers saved many stills from this segment and incorporated them in the film together with a narration on the action so viewers can still capture those magic moments. Written by omayra73 Read More »