Turkey

Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Koza AKA Cocoon (1995)

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Due to some painful experiences of their past, an old couple at their seventies live separately. One day they come together again. But the meeting which they hope will heal the lingering pain does not give the expected results. – Nbcfilm
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Ferzan Ozpetek – Magnifica presenza AKA Magnificent Presence (2012)

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The only dream of Pietro is to become a famous actor. 28 year-old Pietro is so obsessed with becoming an actor that he does not mind trying every single way. He comes Rome and starts to work in a bakery. Also, at the same time, he tries to be an actor. At first, he stays with his cousin, Maria , but then he rents a house. Nevertheless, in a short time, something weird happens at the house. As if the furniture moves by itself. Then he realizes that the house was haunted by some ghosts, so with it, the adventure itself begins. Read More »

Ömer Kavur – Anayurt Oteli AKA Motherland Hotel (1987)

A young man in a small town in Turkey inherits a hotel from his parents in this disturbing drama. Zebercet (Macid Koper) falls for a pretty guest who promises to return the following week. When the woman fails to show up, Zebercet descends into psychopathic madness. He sleeps in the room previously occupied by the young woman and neglects his potential guests. After rejecting the homosexual advances of a young stranger, Zebercet rapes and strangles a hotel maid and kills her cat. Serra Yilmaz and Orhan Cagman co-star with Macid Koper, who gives an excellent performance of the disturbed killer. — Dan Pavlides Read More »

Mehmet Güleryüz – Havar AKA Scream (2009)

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A young woman may be forced to pay with her life for an innocent mistake in this drama from director Mehmet Guleryuz. Havar, meaning ‘cry for help’ in Kurdish, is the name of the young female protagonist living in the remote Turkish village of Batman, notorious for its honour killings. Havar (Cicek Tekdemir) is a teenager living in a rural community in Turkey with her family. One day, Havar is sent down to the river to wash the family’s clothes, and while scrubbing the laundry her scarf slips off. A boy named Sedat (Edip Dogan) hands it to her, and while there was nothing untoward in this act, Havar’s grandmother is certain this is a sign of some sort of inappropriate behavior. Word circulates through the village that Havar’s virtue has been compromised, and her father Osama (Abdullah Tarhan) receives word from his brother (Ramazan Ilten) that his son is backing out of his arranged marriage to Havar after hearing the rumors. Read More »

Sinan Cetin – Cicek abbas AKA Abbas in Flower (1982)

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It would be unfair to call Sinan Çetin just a filmmaker, despite the broadness of the term. He has remained a hovering presence over Turkey’s pop culture for two decades whether he makes movies or, as is generally the case, does not. Çetin is a persona who is much larger than the sum of his parts.

It’s a rule of thumb that nearly all popular figures generate their unique brand of devoted fans and followers, along with haters of a similar fervor. With Çetin, the number of fans and followers has diminished and are arrayed against an impressive number of detractors that include other filmmakers, movie critics and viewers.

The director, however, has chosen to show the finger to anyone who deigns to tarnish his work and his persona and has managed to maintain his position in Turkey’s culture scene and his currency among the artistic elite. Read More »

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 »

Sergei Yutkevich & Lev Oskarovic Arnstam – Ankara – serdtse Turtsii aka Ankara: The heart of Turkey (1934)

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Ankara – serdtse Turtsii aka Ankara-The heart of Turkey is a Soviet documentary made for the 10th anniversary of the new Turkish Republic in the year 1934.

The story starts over a pastoral view of Turkey, we see some country people going to the new capital : Ankara. Same time, there is Soviet ships passing thru Bosphorus, Istanbul. Soviet military and diplomatic people reach Ankara by train as young turks and scooters. We watch the city by the air… Some archeological views… The new city, the young people, some folkloric plays, modern buildings, gymnasium, modern art school, university studies and finally 10th anniversary stadium ceremony… Read More »