Turkey

Zeki Demirkubuz – Yeralti AKA Inside (2012)

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Turkish filmmaker Zeki Demirkubuz is adapting “Notes from Underground,” Fyodor Dostoevsky’s groundbreaking 19th century novel, for his newest directorial effort, which he is currently shooting in the Turkish capital.

Filming for the movie, called “Yeraltý” (Underground), has been under way for four weeks now, with actor Engin Günaydýn, praised for his portrayal of a small-town man in the Taylan Brothers’ critically acclaimed 2009 dark comedy “Vavien,” in the leading role.

Demirkubuz, the director of such acclaimed movies as “Kader” (Destiny) and “Kýskanmak” (Envy), said the long screenplay for the new film was a loose adaptation of Dostoevsky’s existential novella. Read More »

    Rasit Çelikezer – Can (2011)

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    After eloping to Istanbul to escape the objections of their families, Cemal (Serdar Orcin) and Ayse (Selen Uçer) are happy in their marriage. The only thing missing in their lives is the baby they would both like to have. Unable to get pregnant, they eventually consult a doctor, who reveals to Cemal that he’s infertile. Frustrated and ashamed, he embarks on a face-saving scheme to have Ayse fake a pregnancy, while they adopt a baby who will arrive nine months later. But when the baby does arrive, under dubious circumstances, Ayse finds herself unable to summon any maternal feeling whatsoever. As she and Cemal grow increasingly resentful of one another, the marriage begins to crumble under the strain and, appalled at the mess he’s made, Cemal flees. In this 2012 Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, set against the backdrop of a city with a thriving market in the human trafficking of children, director Rasit Çelikezer has created a complex and surprising exploration of what it means to be a parent. Read More »

      Seyfi Teoman – Bizim Büyük Çaresizligimiz AKA Our Grand Despair (2011)

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      Our Grand Despair: Berlin Review:

      BERLIN — Don’t be fooled by the somber title of Our Grand Despair, which after a grief-laden opening turns out to be one of the frothier entries in a Berlinale competition slate predictably chock-full of weightier fare. A bromantic Jules et Jim-lite love-triangle set in a snowy Ankara, it’s an accessibly droll, bittersweet comedy (rather more sweet than bitter) which has considerable English-language remake potential.

      Though hardly an especially significant example of contemporary Turkish cinema, it’ll prove catnip for festivals worldwide and could well click at domestic box offices in its native land. Read More »

        Zülfü Livaneli – Veda (2010)

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        A friendship started in childhood in Selanico firstly turned into comrade in arms and then a half century brotherhood and fraternity following the same ideals until the death upon proclamation of the Republic. It was so immense brotherhood that when one passed away, the other heartedly wished the same.

        The story of a generation challenging the death! The film is not merely about the life of Ataturk; instead, it is a torch enlightening a particular period and it is very humane in that it also analyzes the brotherhood, war, love and affection. “Veda” is the story of a brotherhood, portrayal of milestones in Ataturk’s life and the story of a commander commanding a generation that challenged the death to save the homeland. Salih Bozok, the number one witness of the time, narrates this story.
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          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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            Tunc Basaran – Ucurtmayi Vurmasinlar AKA Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)

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            from wiki:
            Uçurtmayı Vurmasınlar (English title: Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite) is a 1989 Turkish drama film directed by Tunç Başaran. It tells the story of political prisoners in Turkey from the eyes of a child. It is one of the most remembered works in its genre, along with pre-military coup pieces such as Maden.

            It won four Golden Orange awards: best film, best actress (Nur Sürer), best screenplay (Feride Çiçekoğlu) and best cinematography (Erdal Kahraman).

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            This is the story narrated about affection and women’s jail with the eyes of a child at the age of five.What is the misdeed of little Barış this ‘intra muros’?Barış has been longing for visible sky and freedom kites in a bizarre surroundings that he has not been able to perceive, in a prison yard enclosed with a chill and deaf wall.Did his elder sister İnci comitted herself to come back someday as being a kite after regain his freedom.from the book of Agah Özgüç, Turkish cinema in 100 film Read More »

              Mustafa Altioklar – Banyo AKA The Bathroom (2005)

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              Summary: What happens when the camera rolls in the bathrooms of three couples, the most private place imaginable? In Mustafa Altıoklar’s movie, three couple’s most intimate ups and downs of their relationships are laid bare. Read More »