19th LTFF

THE 19th LONDON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL

May 22nd - June 1st

CELEBRATING THE CENTENARY OF TURKISH CINEMA

1914-2014

The 19th London Turkish Film Festival arrives to celebrate a triumphant year of achievement for Turkish cinema following on from the Berlin festival, which included four films in its official selection, and the inclusion of Nuri Bilge Ceylan's WINTER SLEEP in competition for the Palme d'Or at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. All very appropriate for a year which marks the centenary of Turkish Cinema.

 

THE GALA OPENING

Thursday May 22 at the O2 Cineworld:

• The presentation of this year's Lifetime Achievement Award to legendary actress Serra Yılmaz.

• The announcement of the winner of the Festival's major prize, The Golden Wings Digital Distribution Award.

• The UK Premiere of Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun's YOZGAT BLUES

THE COMPETITION

Six films compete for the coveted 2014 LTFF Distribution Award:

• Atıl İnaç's sharply satirical CIRCLE.

• CYCLE, Derviş Zaim's intriguing blend of fiction and documentary.

• Ramin Matin's multi-award winning family drama, THE IMPECCABLES.

• Melisa Önel's dark and chilling debut feature, SEABURNERS.

• SINGING WOMEN, the latest from internationally acclaimed director Reha Erdem.

• Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun's tale of hopes, dreams and toupées, YOZGAT BLUES.

THE PROGRAMME

The Award contenders join an outstanding collection of films all showing throughout the Festival:

• Levent Semerci's AYHAN HANIM: cinema and dance interpret the past.

• Teenage highs and lows in Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan's THE BLUE WAVE.

• Can Kılcıoğlu's KARNAVAL: A man, a woman and a vacuum cleaner.

• A family affair: Cemil Ağacıkoğlu's poignant FORGIVE ME.

• Nihat Seven's LITTLE HAPPINESS: love in an impossible world.

• Alphan Eşeli's intense First World War drama THE LONG WAY HOME.

• Hope springs eternal in Ali Aydın’s Anatolian drama MOLD.

• Gürhan Özçiftçi's spooky NOBODY COMES, NOBODY GOES: things that go bump in the night and the mind...

• NOBODY'S HOME Deniz Akçay Katıksız's powerful debut feature

• Erdem Tepegöz's THE PARTICLE: one woman against the world.

THE AUDIENCE VOTE

The LTFF Golden Wings People's Choice Award is decided by audiences with the winner announced at the reception held in Istanbul after the festival.

AND NOT FORGETTING...

A bumper collection of the year's outstanding documentaries and short films. A visiting galaxy of actors and filmmakers meet their audiences in Q&A's throughout the Festival.


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19th LTFF Opening Gala Night


YOZGAT BLUES
YOZGAT BLUES


In the small Anatolian town of Yozgat, the hopes and dreams of three people become intertwined. Yavuz (Istanbul Film Festival Best Actor 2013 winner Ercan Kesal) is a middle-aged Istanbul widower and music teacher who would rather be performing his 1970s French chansons full time.

Golden Wings Digital Distribution Competition


CIRCLE
DAİRE

Life is more like a downward spiral than a circle for Feramus and Betül, the two central characters in Atıl İnaç's critically acclaimed award-winning comedy of darkly absurdist and Kafka-esque proportions.

 

 

CYCLE
DEVİR

How can past traditions illuminate the present? This intriguing mixture of fiction and documentary is built around the traditional world - sometimes weird, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic- of the shepherds in Hasanpașa, a village in southwest Anatolia.

 

 

THE IMPECCABLES
KUSURSUZLAR

Ramin Matin's quietly powerful study of a sibling relationship that hides a devastating family secret was the winner of both Best Film and Best Director at the 2013 Antalya Film Festival.

 

SEABURNERS
KUMUN TADI

Melisa Önel's debut feature is a tense and powerful tale of borders and thresholds, personal, symbolic and actual, which begins and ends with the sea, the great boundary between past and present, hopes and dreams, love and death.

 

SINGING WOMEN
ŞARKI SÖYLEYEN KADINLAR

The latest film from the internationally acclaimed director of 'Times and Winds,' 'Cosmos,' and 'Jin' is an apocalyptic tale of human faith and foibles in a dark but hopeful world. An earthquake is expected and the island is being evacuated, but some people are refusing to leave.

 

YOZGAT BLUES
YOZGAT BLUES

In the small Anatolian town of Yozgat, the hopes and dreams of three people become intertwined. Yavuz (Istanbul Film Festival Best Actor 2013 winner Ercan Kesal) is a middle-aged Istanbul widower and music teacher who would rather be performing his 1970s French chansons full time.

 

Feature Films

AYHAN HANIM
AYHAN HANIM

The years of political unrest in Turkey during the late 1970s and the coup of 1980 as they affect one family are revisited with stylised visuals, voice-overs, powerful imagery and striking modern dance sequences alongside a dramatic narrative. Ayhan Hanım is a housewife.

 

THE BLUE WAVE
MAVİ DALGA

A refreshingly free-wheeling impressionistic look at the point in everyone's teenage years when major decisions have to be made about the future. Approaching her last year at high school year in a provincial town for Deniz and her classmates finds them dealing with boyfriends, boredom and what following year will bring - that's hopefully going to be 'freedom' and 'real life' in either Istanbul or Ankara.

 

FORGIVE ME
ÖZÜR DİLERİM

A perceptive and poignant drama that examines the true meaning of concern, compassion and family. 40-year old Selim's mental problems have for many shaped the lives of his aging parents and his much younger brother, Zafer, who has always felt overshadowed by his sibling's condition.

 

KARNAVAL
KARNAVAL

A delightful mix of comedy, satire, romance and social commentary makes up the feel-good story of a carpet-cleaner salesman and a cake-maker. 30-something unemployed lives in his car after being kicked out of the house by his father.

 

 

LITTLE HAPPINESS
UZUN YOL

When Gülten’s family discovers she has fallen in love with a truck driver, Fariz, they see it as a match below her status that would only bring dishonour to the family.

 

 

THE LONG WAY HOME
EVE DÖNÜŞ: SARIKAMIŞ 1915

After the battle of Sarıkamış in Eastern Anatolia, in which 90,000 Turkish soldiers were killed in the WWI battle with Russian soldiers in 1915, a desperate struggle for survival begins. As Turkish troops retreat, a refugee mother and daughter and their grizzled guide embark on the daunting trek across a barren, hostile terrain to safety.

 

MOLD
KÜF

Hope springs eternal in this Venice Film Festival Best First Feature Film Award winner. Basri is a railway worker whose job is to check miles of track each day. But Basri’s real concern is to find his missing son, a university student, who ‘disappeared’ in police custody 18 years ago.

 

NOBODY COMES, NOBODY GOES
NE GELEN VAR NE GİDEN

Gürhan Özçiftçi's first feature is 'inspired by an event that apparently has no connection with reality.' The reality appears to be a weekend in the country in which a group of five partners and friends decide to make camp for the night in an isolated spot as they await the arrival of a sixth.

 

NOBODY'S HOME
KÖKSÜZ

Winner of the best debut and audience awards at the 2013 Istanbul Film Festival, Deniz Akçay Katıksız's powerful first feature is the story of a family gradually destroying itself. After her husband´s death, Nurcan gives her eldest daughter Feride the father's responsibilities and by so doing alienates İlker and Özge, her younger son and daughter.

THE PARTICLE
ZERRE

The story of one woman who may be as insignificant as a single dust particle in an immense universe but she is nevertheless a very real part of the modern world. Zeynep clings to a difficult life, sharing a cramped home with her mother and daughter, being threatened by her landlord and now she's jobless.

 

 

Feature Documentaries

1+8
1+8

Turkey is a country that is not only uniquely positioned between East and West, but also has borders with eight other distinct and diverse countries: Greece, Bulgaria, Georgia, Armenia, Nakhchivan/Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq and Syria.

 

JAZZ IN TURKEY
TÜRKİYE'DE CAZ

Jazz in Turkey is as old as the Republic and in Batu Akyol's landmark documentary its history and evolution is the story of the country itself. The 'light western music' that seeped into the country's already rich music landscape in the aftermath of the First World War was soon transformed into the 'music of freedom.'

Shorts and Documentaries

THE COUNTRY ROAD
PATİKA

Every morning, 10-year-old Yaşar travels along the same country road with his father.

 

 

A DREAM SCHOOL IN THE STEPPES
TEPECİK HAYAL OKULU

The story of a filmmaker and a brain tumour. Ahmet Uluçay first became known for his idiosyncratic short films and then won international acclaim for his first feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds (Karpuz Kabuğundan Gemiler Yapmak), which won the Best Film award at the Istanbul Film Festival in 2004.

 

THE GUEST
MİSAFİR

A poignant tale of humanity, faith and memories. The Orthodox monastery of Deyrulzafaran in the mountains that border Turkey, Syria and Iraq has been Bahe's home for over 90 years ever since his mother abandoned him and his two older brothers.

 

TAŞKAFA, STORIES OF THE STREET
TAŞKAFA, BİR SOKAK HİKAYESİ

Taşkafa is one of the most revered street dogs of Istanbul, both a celebrity amongst the local community and its symbolic guardian. His and their story is introduced by writer John Berger, reading from his novel King the story of the disappearance of a community told from a dog’s perspective.

 

TIGHT SPACE
TENGAV

A portrait of a village by the Tigris river that could be lost forever.

 

 

TWAIN
TWAIN

After the Apocalypse, people started to live, with no consciousness of their previous existence, in an enclosed social network system called Twain.

 

 

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