8 - 21 December 2000
The annual London Turkish Film Festival celebrated its eighth year by showing more films than before, expanding to two weeks, and also including other London and regional cinemas for the first time. Once again it provided London's Turkish speaking community and cinema-goers in general with a chance to see the best new Turkish films.
This year's festival included:
Atif Yilmaz's AFTER THE FALL, the poignant story of a childhood spent in the aftermath of the military coup of 12 September 1980.
Halit Refig's '60s classic BIRDS OF EXILE about migration from the provinces to Istanbul and the contrast between the two different worlds.
Gursel Ates & Yasar Guner's BORDER, a tense drama about a group of students who try to help the survivors of the 1998 Northern Iraq Halepce massacre, but are caught up in the conflict.
Gani Mujde's BYZANTIUM, a hilarious pastiche of the traditional historical epic and a huge box office hit in Turkey.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's CLOUDS OF MAY, a beautiful, humorous and subtle biographical film in which a film director tries to persuade his family and friends to participate in a film about life in the countryside. Winner of this year's European Film Critics Award - Prix FIPRESCI.
Mustafa Altioklar's ELEVATOR, a fantasy thriller in which a media personality is imprisoned in a lift.
Omer Vargi's EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE GREAT, a popular comedy thriller starring two of Turkey's most popular entertainers, singer Mazhar Alanson, and stand-up comedian Cem Yilmaz.
Reha Erdem's RUN FOR MONEY, an entertaining black comedy about the insidious power of money.
Zeki Demirkubuz's THE THIRD PAGE, an intriguing Kafkaesque drama concerning a television extra who becomes involved in murder.
Ismail Gunes' WHERE THE ROSE WILTED, the powerful story of a young man's life in the aftermath of imprisonment and torture.
Two road movies made by young German Turkish film makers, Fatih Akin's second feature IN JULY and Ayse Polat's first feature TOUR ABROAD.
Two programmes of short and low budget independent film and videos. The highlight of the second programme on Saturday 16 December is a low budget feature film THE OUTCAST shot in the East End by local independent film maker, Kenan Hudaverdi.
We also welcomed to the festival: Hatice Ayten (director PEOPLE ON THE STEPS), Gani Mujde (director BYZANTIUM), Ayse Polat (director TOUR ABROAD) and Halit Refig (director BIRDS OF EXILE).
Three films, CLOUDS OF MAY, RUN FOR MONEY and THE THIRD PAGE will also be shown at other cinemas including the Tricycle Cinema in Kilburn on the weekend of 16/17 December and Edinburgh Filmhouse, Riverside Studios Hammersmith, Bristol Watershed, Oxford Phoenix Picture House and Cambridge Arts Picture House in January and February. See Festival on Tour for more information.
The festival received funding support from the British Film Institute and the London Film and Development Agency.
FESTIVAL ON TOUR
269 Kilburn High Rd, London NW6 (020 7328 1000)
Sat 16 Dec CLOUDS OF MAY 4.00
Sun 17 Dec RUN FOR MONEY 4.00
Riverside Studios Cinema
Crisp Rd, London W6 (020 8237 1111)
Sun 14 Jan CLOUDS OF MAY 2.00
(double bill) + RUN FOR MONEY 4.10
1 Canon's Rd, Harbourside, Bristol (0117 925 3845)
Sun 21 Jan CLOUDS OF MAY 2.00
Wed 24 Jan THE THIRD PAGE 6.00
Sun 28 Jan RUN FOR MONEY 3.00
88 Lothian Rd, Edinburgh (0131 228 2688)
Mon 8 & Tue 9 Jan CLOUDS OF MAY
Mon 15 & Tue 16 Jan THE THIRD PAGE
Mon 22 & Tue 23 Jan RUN FOR MONEY
Phoenix Picture House
57 Walton St, Oxford (01865 512526)
Sun 21 Jan THE THIRD PAGE
Sun 28 Jan CLOUDS OF MAY
Sun 4 Feb RUN FOR MONEY
Arts Picture House
St Andrews St, Cambridge (01223 328383)
Sun 28 Jan THE THIRD PAGE
Sun 4 Feb CLOUDS OF MAY
Sun 11 Feb RUN FOR MONEY