Tuncel Kurtiz

  • Yilmaz Atadeniz – Çirkin Kral AKA The Ugly King (1966)

    1961-1970ActionClassicsTurkeyYilmaz Atadeniz

    “Çirkin Kral” is the film which gave Yılmaz Guney his legendary nickname, “the ugly king”. As a copy of cheap Hollywood action/thrillers “Çirkin Kral” imitates the clichés of the genre but also provides a local and Turkish tone too, thanks to Yılmaz Guney’s anti-hero character and his co-star, Tuncel Kurtiz. A classic and very rare movie from the unforgettable director of fantastic and thriller movies.Read More »

  • Fatih Akin – Auf der anderen Seite aka The Edge of Heaven (2007)

    2001-2010DramaFatih AkinGermanyQueer Cinema(s)

    The power of co-incidence is explored to dramatic effect in The Edge Of Heaven, a Turkish-German production about two deaths that bring strangers together. Once the opening titles warn us of “Yeter’s Death”, we see Turkish prostitute Yeter meeting an elderly client, Ali, in Germany and watch her fate unfold. Shifting to Turkey and Germany and back again, this spirited, beautifully-acted drama follows both Ali’s son and Yeter’s daughter in the wake of the tragedy.Read More »

  • Yilmaz Güney – Duvar (1983)

    1981-1990DramaPoliticsTurkeyYilmaz Güney

    Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime. Director/writer Guney’s last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates.Read More »

  • Dervis Zaim – Tabutta rövasata AKA Somersault in a Coffin (1996)

    Drama1991-2000Dervis ZaimTurkey

    Somersault in a Coffin (Turkish: Tabutta Rövaşata) is a 1996 Turkish film, written and directed by Derviş Zaim, about a homeless criminal and car thief. The film, which was released on November 15, 1996, received awards at several international film festivals including the Golden Orange for best film at the Antalya International Film Festival.Read More »

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