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  • Zeki Demirkubuz – Bekleme odasi aka The Waiting Room (2004)

    Zeki Demirkubuz2001-2010ArthouseDramaTurkey
    Bekleme Odasi (2003)
    Bekleme Odasi (2003)

    Synopsis:
    Zeki Demirkubuz plays the lead character Ahmet who wants to make a film about Dostoyevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’. He falls into a deep depression, loses interest in the film and life, pushes those who love him away and cannot complete the film.Read More »

  • Umit Unal – Gölgesizler AKA The Shadowless (2009)

    Umit Unal2001-2010DramaFantasyTurkey
    Gölgesizler (2009)
    Gölgesizler (2009)

    A barber working in Istanbul longs to be ‘both here and far, far away’. And one day, without warning, he takes himself off and disappears abruptly into the great far away. The barber settles in a far-flung village, and as chance would have it the one-time local barber, Jingle Nuri, vanished from the place years ago. The village is in the hands of the mukhtar, the elected local chief. So the new barber rents his shop and opens the doors for business. The village is not, however, the innocent village. The mukhtar finds himself dealing with one mysterious disappearance after another. Güvercin, the prettiest girl in the village, is now missing without trace. The mukhtar and his only armed man, the village guard, set about questioning everyone in the village. Read More »

  • Erden Kiral – Hakkari’de Bir Mevsim aka A Season in Hakkari (1983)

    Erden Kiral1981-1990DramaTurkey
    Hakkari'de Bir Mevsim (1983)
    Hakkari’de Bir Mevsim (1983)

    Quote:
    The movie tells the story of a teacher who spends one winter in a mountain village of Hakkari, a city in the farest South-eastern vorner of the Turkey. Erden Kıral depicts his struggle for teaching Turkish to children who can only speak Kurdish and the loneliness of Zazi in a poetic way and also using the landscape as a further character. The screenplat is based on the novel by Ferit Edgü and adapted by Onat Kutlar with contributions from Tezer Özlü, another famous Turkish writer. The film was awarded with Silver Berlin Bear at 1983.Read More »

  • Halit Refig – Hanim AKA Madame (1988)

    Halit Refig1981-1990DramaTurkey
    Hanim AKA Madame (1988)
    Hanim AKA Madame (1988)

    Halit Refig’s film “The Lady” can be conceived as a thoroughly nostalgic film; the yearning for the city of Istanbul in old times was expressed in every part of the film. At first glance, the film was based on the story of a lonely old woman looking for a place for her cat before dying; yet, beyond this, within the structure of the film there existed a changing, disappearing, and even collapsing Istanbul and in parallel relation to the degenerating social connections in the city. In other words, the film reflected the degrading of the spatial characteristics of Istanbul and, human relations thereof. While Mrs. Olcay with an old residence on the shore house full of old furniture was the symbol of the old Istanbul, her helpless search for a safe place for her cat, on the other hand, revealed the new face of Istanbul with dehumanizing conditions of city life. Read More »

  • Mehmet Ada Öztekin – 7. Koğuştaki Mucize AKA Miracle in Cell No 7 (2019)

    2011-2020DramaMehmet Ada ÖztekinTurkey
    Yedinci Kogustaki Mucize (2019)
    Yedinci Kogustaki Mucize (2019)

    A story of love between a mentally-ill father who was wrongly accused of murder and his lovely six year old daughter. Prison will be their home. Based on the 2013 Korean movie 7-beon-bang-ui seon-mul (2013).Read More »

  • Miraz Bezar – Min Dît AKA Before Your Eyes (2009)

    Miraz Bezar2001-2010DramaTurkey
    Min Dît (2009)
    Min Dît (2009)

    Diyarbakir, in the late nineties: Two young Kurdish children are forced to live on the street after their parents have been murdered by a member of a secret state security force.Read More »

  • Mehmet Aslan – Tarkan: Viking Kani AKA Tarkan Versus the Vikings (1971)

    Mehmet Aslan1971-1980ActionFantasyTurkey
    Tarkan Viking Kani (1971)
    Tarkan Viking Kani (1971)

    Kartal Tibet is… Tarkan! A mighty barbarian warrior guy who runs around with his dog, Kurt, saving pretty women from danger. He’s currently in the employ of the daughter of an important political person who runs afoul of some bloodthirsty Turkish Vikings who worship a bizarre Lovecraftian man-eating octopus. Why do they want the girl? Why, to sacrifice her to their god, of course! The Vikings, lead by a guy with the most amazing moustache ever, land their Viking ship outside of the castle where she lives, and soon have killed off all of her men, with only Tarkan left breathing, laying unconscious and presumed dead on the floor of the courtyard after a bloody battle ensues. Tarkan isn’t going out like that, however and once he gets his strength back, he and Kurt track down the Turkish Vikings and set out to save the pretty damsel and save her from certain doom at the hands of the half inflated eight-legged demigod.Read More »

  • Pelin Esmer – Ise Yarar Bir Sey AKA Something Useful (2017)

    2011-2020DramaPelin EsmerTurkey
    Ise Yarar Bir Sey (2017)
    Ise Yarar Bir Sey (2017)

    Quote:
    Why would someone like Leyla go to a high school reunion dinner? And take an overnight train to get there. After all, she hasn’t been to a single one for the last 25 years – What is Canan, a student nurse, doing on the train? Reluctantly going to an interview for a nursing job when she would like to be an actress instead. And Yavuz? He spends all day lying by the window watching the passing hawkers, horse carriages and people. He is waiting for Canan, or maybe Leyla, or maybe a executioner and a poet who meet on a train one night.Read More »

  • Nuri Bilge Ceylan – Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da AKA Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan2011-2020ArthouseCrimeTurkey

    A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes. (IMDb)Read More »

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