Counting Down to
THE 20th LONDON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL
The countdown to Thursday May 7th has begun - and we don't mean Polling Day, General Election 2015 - the start of the 20th London Turkish Film Festival. Over the past few weeks films, long and short, dramatic and documentary have been submitted for our consideration, film maker's statements are being read, and the final selection process is underway to produce a coalition of the very best of international Turkish cinema. Perhaps there is some similarity with what's happening nationally after all...
Over the last 12 months, and appropriately in its Centenary year, Turkish Cinema enjoyed a wealth of international triumphs throughout 2014. Pride of place must obviously go to Nuri Bilge Ceylan's WINTER SLEEP which became the first Turkish film to win the Cannes Palme d'Or since the legendary Yılmaz Güney's YOL in 1982. Happily, the successful new wave of Turkish directors that have emerged in the last decade have also had their share of acclaim with director Kaan Müjdeci winning the special Jury Prize for his debut film SIVAS, while at the Sarajevo Film Festival, Erol Minta's debut feature SONG OF MY MOTHER was the big prize winner, with Feyyaz Duman also picking up the Best Actor award. Nihat Seven's UK-Turkey co-production LITTLE HAPPINESS was the UK's official submission to the best foreign language film category of the 87th Academy Awards 2015. And recalling a memorable LTFF Opening Gala in 2013, Yilmaz Erdogan' THE BUTTERFLY'S DREAM is still winning international admiration, most recently the Best Film, Best Actor and Best Flm Music awards at the Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado. In 2015 Turkey and Australia are uniting for a year long festival to mark the centenary of the World War 1 Gallipoli campaign and Turkish film festivals continue to feature in the cultural calendars of cities around the world, from New York to Nuremberg and Vancouver to Amsterdam.
But now it's time to look forward to London's annual celebration and so...
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