Welcome to London’s 18th celebration of Turkish Cinema.
Our move from November to February now enables us not only to look back on a whole year of international cinematic achievements in 2012 but also gives us the opportunity to preview some of the new and exciting things to come in 2013. The UK Premiere of Yılmaz Erdoğan’s ‘The Butterfly’s Dream’, starring Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Belçim Bilgin and Mert Fırat is the climax of our Opening Night Gala, but that’s just the beginning. For example, the new film from Reha Erdem, ‘Jin’ is being shown just days after its appearance at the Berlin Film Festival. And that is just one of five outstanding and unmissable movies competing for the unique and ground-breaking Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award, ensuring that the winner is widely seen throughout the UK and Ireland. Our distinguished international jury will announce the winner at the Gala on February 21.
Festivals, including Sundance, Berlin and Venice have already honoured many of the record number of feature films we are showing this year. Now it’s your turn. Audience votes cast after each screening will once again determine The Golden Wings People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the end of the Festival. However, there is no doubt about the identity of the recipient of the 2013 Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award presented at the Opening Night Gala. The great Turkish actor Kadir İnanır will be honoured for his distinguished career and during the Festival will also be introducing a rare screening of Katırcılar one of the great classics of Turkish cinema which features one of his most memorable and powerful performances.
It all adds up to ten days of rich, exciting and innovative movies and events with features, documentary programmes, a selection of outstanding short films, Q&A’s and a Workshop with Reha Erdem. So please join us at the Odeon West End, The Rio, The ICA and The Cine Lumiere. It may be happening at a different time of year, but the London Turkish Film Festival is clearly as vibrant, informative and entertaining as ever.
• Kadir İnanır (Golden Wings Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient)
• Sedef Ecer (Golden Wings Jury Member)
• The Butterfly’s Dream / Kelebeğin Rüyası
• Yılmaz Erdoğan (Director)
• Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Actor)
• Belçin Bilgin (Actress)
• Mert Fırat (Actor)
• Farah Zeynep Abdullah (Actress)
• Ali Ömer Atay (Producer) Jin / Jin
• George Chiper Lillemark (Cinematographer) Beyond the Hill / Tepenin Ardı
• Nihat Seven (Director) Candle To Water / Candle To Water
• Raşit Çelikezer (Director) Can / Can
• Reha Erdem (Director) Jin / Jin
• Reis Çelik (Director) Night of Silence / Lal Gece
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The eagerly awaited new film from filmmaker actor and poet Yılmaz Erdoğan, best known for his box-office record-breaking debut comedy film 'Vizontele', is a powerful, gripping and dazzling tale of young lives and loves.
The serenity of a summer’s day in an isolated Anatolian valley is gradually broken by intruders from beyond the hills in Emin Alper's striking and intriguing mixture of atmospheric thriller, contemporary Western, psychological drama, family secrets and political allegory.
+ Q&A with George Chiper Lillemark
The story of Ayşe and Cemal is a tale of deception, passion, doubt and ultimately acceptance of the faults we all share as human beings.
The new film from Reha Erdem, Turkish cinema's great maverick movie-maker and director of "Times and Winds" and "Kosmos," is an existential thriller with touches of magic realism. 17 years old Jin is on the run through dangerous forest and mountain regions.
+ Q&A with Reha Erdem
Reis Çelik's lyrical and intense 2012 Berlin Film Festival prize-winner is an unforgettable piece of cinema. In a remote Anatolian village an ancient blood feud between two families has been finally put to rest and a marriage arranged to seal the union.
+ Q&A with Reis Çelik
The 'somewhere' that is 'in between' could be the once important industrial area, now faceless economic wasteland, where teenagers Zehra and Olgun spend their lives caught somewhere in between the past and an uncertain future.
Five different contemporary stories, involving as diverse as their titles: 'Jeremy Bentham,' 'Veracity,' 'Crackerjack,' 'Stanislavsky ' and 'Mea Culpa.'
+ Q&A with Nihat Seven
A tale of two families whose very different lives unexpectedly intertwine. Ahmet finds himself the new boss of the cotton fields after the death of his father.
1990's left wing student activism is the background of director Serkan Acar and writer M. Serhan Turhanlı's look at the often impossible choice to be made between the personal and the greater good.
1978. Cennet lives in the Istranca Mountains of Thracia where her medicinal skills are renowned.
Sanem is the youngest and most innocent of four transgender sex workers living together in Istanbul. She still believes that her prince will come and when heartbroken straight guy Gokhan moves in next door, perhaps he has.
Mina is a jobless, lonely and unhappy single and dreams of a new life in the USA. But first she needs money and a visa and that means finding a job.
Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction and duplicity and lies can give everyone the opportunity to be free and to be themselves...
A fascinating and engrossing tale from a disappearing world. Deniz Cinar's visually striking film explores life in the Kurdish Yazidi community of eastern Turkey whose numbers have now decreased to less than five hundred.
A rare chance to see one of the great classics of Turkish cinema and a film which provided this year’s LTFF Lifetime Achievement Award winner Kadir İnanır with one of his most powerful and memorable roles.
+ Q&A with Kadir İnanır
Özgür's parents left Turkey after the coup d’etat of 1980 and she has been born and raised in Paris and has never visited Turkey. To fulfill her father's last wish of being buried in his native land, she must visit her parent's homeland for the first time.
80-year old Şeristan's last wish is to leave Istanbul and be buried in the homeland the family were forced to flee 20 years ago. Her son Mirza is determined to keep his promise to her no matter what happens but her granddaughter Hevi is less than enthusiastic.
Eighteen year-old Cumali kills his sister in accordance with traditional honour codes. Ali loses his professional boxing license because of his involvement in illegal street fights.
Sevda's happy marriage is her whole life, her biggest success and her saviour, security and a social and emotional harbour.
Huseyin Tabak's debut feature is an elegant, moving and cliche free story, told from a 12-year Turkish boy's perspective as he and his family deal with life as immigrants newly arrived in Vienna.
The story about a confrontation and a reconciliation. It is Mizgin Müjde Arslan's own story of the search for the father she never knew, a journey which takes her from Mardin in South East Turkey to Maxmur Refugee Camp in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq.
One of the most controversial human rights issues in recent Turkish history is the subject of journalist/director Ruhi Karadağ's powerful documentary.
A unique record of the visit to Istanbul in 2002 of legendary German dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, and her Tanztheater de Wuppertal company, a visit which inspired the performance piece 'A Breath.'
A tale of life, love and fortune cookies.
One door opens, another closes in this tale of an unwelcome return.
Matters of Life and Death
The story of actress and theatre director Jülide Kural, best known for her role as 'İpek in the Turkish TV series 'Super Dad,' and the eight year struggle to bring to the stage the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Two different lives. One shattered mirror image.
Two prison warders work different shift. Is their young son the real prisoner?
A portrait of the street musicians of Istanbul: their daily lives, their struggles and of course their music.
A chilling look at a Future World run by The State.
The Perfect Family. Is that the Turkish Dream?
"In Turkish educational institutions no other language except for Turkish can be taught to the citizens of Turkey." 2011 Law. A visit by several generations of the same family to 100-year old Grandma Ayse, one of the 15 million people for who whom Kurdish is the mother tongue turns out to be a delightfully informative and instructive experience. "I don't think it's a sin." Grandma Ayse.
The end of a relationship or is it just the beginning?