16th LTFF


Empire Leicester Square
Thursday November 4

The glittering opening gala night of the LTFF saw the announcement of the 2010 Digital Distribution Award sponsored by Digiturk. This award is a £30,000 fund to help distribute and promote a Turkish film to a UK-wide mainstream cinema audience.

The Films in competition were:

The LTFFJury found that the standard was exceptional and much discussion and lengthy deliberation was required before the final decision was made but finally...

Semih Kaplanoglu's HONEY (BAL)

The LTFF Jury's citation focused on the film's wonderful storytelling told with an absolute mastery of the cinematic art. Beautiful cinematography and a wonderful central performance from Bora Atlas as the young Yusuf, make HONEY a worthy winner and a film that deserves to be seen by the widest audience in the UK.

The Jury additionally gave a Special Mention to Seren Yuce's MAJORITY as a film that, though particular to Turkey, transcends national boundaries.

was presented to SENER SEN

A standing ovation from a capacity opening night audience welcomed the legendary Turkish actor to the stage of the Empire Cinema to receive the statuette and provide a starry, emotional and memorable opening to the 2010 London Turkish Film Festival.


A magical evening continued with a magical modern fairy tale: the World Premiere screening of SLEEPING PRINCESS, the latest film by Cagan Irmak who, along with members of the production cast and crew, was there to introduce his delightful tale and celebrate the unique event that is LTFF 2010.

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Sleeping Princess Prensesin Uykusu

Çağan Irmak's delightful new film is a fairy tale for the waking hour. Aziz works as a clerk in a library and lives in his own quiet and peaceful little world. Then one day he discovers that he has new neighbours...

Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Competition

Cosmos Kosmos

Turkey's most individual and imaginative writer/director is at his bizarre best in this tale of a strange man who drifts into a remote snowbound town, disrupting the stoic...
+ Q&A with Reha Erdem

The Crossing Kavsak

Güven is an accountant, a solid employee who seemingly has a happy marriage with a young daughter on whom he dotes. But how much of this picture of perfection is true?
+ Q&A with Selim Demirdelen, Güven Kıraç

Honey Bal

From the complicated relationship between a child and his mother to the story of a child and his father. The final part of the trilogy arrives at Yusuf's childhood although the sense of time and place is deliberately distorted...
+ Q&A with Barış Özbiçer

In Darkness Karanlıktakiler

The tragi-comic story of a mother-son relationship, often funny, sometimes suspenseful, totally believable. Egemen is in his thirties, works as a dogsbody at an advertising agency
+Q&A with Çağan Irmak, Esi Gülce

The Majority Çogunluk

The unanimous winner of the Venice Film Festival's Lion of the Future Award 2010, presented annually to an outstanding first feature film, THE MAJORITY is the story of 21-year-old Mertkan who has an easy but empty life 'working' in his domineering father's Istanbul construction business ...
+ Q&A with Seren Yüce and Settar Tanrıögen

16th LTFF Screenings

Based Down South / Wir Sitzen Im Süden Yedek Memleket

To German customers the call centre workers who take their orders, answer their inquiries and deal with their complaints have familiar German names. If they ask about the location of the company they are told that it's "down south," but in reality "south" means a large open-plan office in Istanbul.

Black & White Siyah Beyaz

The debut feature from revered Turkish film programmer, administrator and writer Ahmet Boyacıoğlu is an affectionate tribute to the legendary (real-life) art gallery and bar Siyah Beyaz (Black and White) which has been a fixture in the nightlife of modern Ankara for decades.

Dark Cloud Bahtı Kara

American film maker Theron Patterson has been resident in Istanbul for ten years and his view of the metropolis and some of its inhabitants provides a refreshingly different perspective. In a city of nooks, crannies, basement apartments and alleyways...

Loose Cannons / Mine Vaganti Serseri Mayınlar

İstanbul born director Ferzan Özpetek's delightful comedy of family secrets and life-changing revelations finds the multi-generational Cantone family having to come to terms with the modern world.

Muezzin Müezzin

The sound of the muezzin's voice calling the faithful to their morning prayers awakens the 11 million inhabitants of Istanbul, although today many have been replaced by CD players and speakers mounted atop minarets.

Not Worth A Fig İncir Çekirdeği

An outstanding directorial debut from the award-winning art director Selda Çiçek, who also wrote the screenplay of this intense family drama. Based on a true story and set in Batman in south-eastern Turkey, NOT WORTH A FIG focuses on one day in the life ...

Resurrecting: The Street Walker

An ambitious young filmmaker discovers an abandoned and incomplete psycho-horror movie from the 1980s and decides to finish it... big mistake! Constructed as a mock-documentary, Özgur Uyanık's own original and inventive horror movie is also a witty ride through the horrors of ...

Tales From Kars Kars Öyküleri

Five short stories linked by their location, Kars on the border with Armenia, and their writers/directors who were all winners in the 2007 Ankara Cinema Association's screenplay competition. Özcan Alper's charming "Moto Guzzi" features a boy, a girl and a lot of snow ...

Turquoise Turkuaz

After the funeral of their father in his native İstanbul, three brothers return to the Flemish city of Ghent in Belgium to pick up their lives while their mother remains in Turkey. As minor issues become major crises each has a different way of dealing with the vacuum that the absence of a generation has created.

"The Yusuf Triology" by Semih Kaplanoglu

Egg Yumurta

On the death of his mother, Istanbul bookshop owner and poet Yusuf returns to his home town of Tire after many years. There he discovers that his teenage cousin Ayla has been living with his mother for five years.

Milk Süt

Mother and son Zehra and Yusuf struggle to make a living by selling milk in a rural area that is in the midst of rapid industrialisation. When her son finds out about Zehra's secret affair with the town's stationmaster, family tensions...

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