Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Awards | Yesilcam Film Awards

1. Yeşilçam Ödülleri
Best film: Mutluluk (Abdullah Oğuz)
Best director: Fatih Akın (Yaşamın Kıyısında)
Best Screenplay: Fatih Akın (Yaşamın Kıyısında)
Best male actor: Şener Şen (Kabadayı)
Best female actor: Özgü Namal (Mutluluk)
Best supporting male actor: Tuncel Kurtiz (Yaşamın Kıyısında)
Best supporting female actor: Nursel Köse (Yaşamın Kıyısında)
Best cinematography: Mirsad Heroviç (Mutluluk)
Best music: Zülfü Livaneli (Mutluluk)
Turkcell first film award: Mahsun Kırmızıgül (Beyaz Melek)
Digitürk debut talent award: Saadet Işıl Aksoy (Yumurta)

Monday, March 03, 2008

French theaters get Egged in April

Kaplanoğlu’s film to hit French theaters in April

Turkish director Semih Kaplanoğlu's award-collecting film "Yumurta" (Egg) is scheduled to open in movie theaters in France on April 23.

Fog and Night | Sis ve Gece (2007) - Turgut Yasalar

Fog and the Night is the search of an investigator who has lost his confidence in his organization and whose happy"family father" order has been disrupted by his young lover.And introverted man due to his profession , not a big talker or well in expressing his feelings,Sedat is being consumed , going through the hardest time of his life , not able to silence his guilty conscience because he was unsuccessful in solving the murder of his partner , whom he saw a brother .His faith in his organization is shaken as he witness the schemes in machination inside the organization and between the organization and the state.Meanwhile , while trying to find his lover who has disappeared after falling for a former militant , he does not refrain from making use of the filthiest methods of his profession.

40th SIYAD Awards

SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics) 40. Anniversary Awards ceremony on March 03,2008 announced 2007 winners in the following categories.

Best Film: Yumurta/Egg

Best Director: Semih Kaplanoğlu (

Mahmut Tali Öngören Award for best screenplay: Semih Kaplanoğlu, Orçun Köksal (

Cahide Sonku Award for best fmale performance: Saadet Işıl Aksoy (

Best male performance: Nejat İşler (

Best supporting female performance: Derya Alabora (Adem'in Trenleri/Adam and the Devil

Best supporting male performance: İlyas Salman (Sis ve Gece/Fog and Night)

Best Cinematography: Özgür Eken (

Best Musical Score: Zülfü Livaneli (Mutluluk/Bliss)

Best Art Direction: Naz Erayda (

Best Editing: Ayhan Ergürsel, Suzan Hande Güneri, Semih Kaplanoğlu (

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Review |Uneasy Ottomans

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Uneasy Ottomans

Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates takes the temperature of a failing marriage
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 - 7:00 pm

Turkish writer-director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates is about the winds of change that blow through seasons and marriages. It begins with a woman, Bahar, perched atop a hillside in the Turkish resort town of Kas, while her husband, Isa, explores the ruins below. It is a beautiful day, and this vacation is long overdue, having been too many times postponed due to Bahar’s schedule as the art director on a television series and Isa’s as a university professor. Yet, as she watches him, slowly, almost imperceptibly she begins to cry inside. That night, they will quarrel during dinner with friends. (“Don’t worry, they enjoy seeing us miserable,” she assures him.) And before the vacation has ended, on a stretch of deserted beach that is like one of those paradisiacal oases that peek out from the pages of travel-agency brochures, he will suggest that they should try living apart for a while.

Climates is the fourth feature film by Ceylan, who won two major prizes at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for the exquisite Distant, and like his others, it’s something of a family affair — only this time, instead of casting his relatives in the leading roles, Ceylan has cast himself and his real-life wife, Ebru, as Isa and Bahar. And if, in the hands of a lesser filmmaker, such a decision might foster a mood of lurid home-movie voyeurism, both Ceylans are such commanding and subtly expressive performers that any charges of nepotism here are as erroneous as in the storied collaborations of John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. This is also the first movie Ceylan has shot in high-definition video, which lends the images such startling clarity that it is possible to identify the individual beads of sweat that form on Bahar’s bosom as it bakes beneath the sweltering Kas sun. Yet the things Ceylan sees in sharpest relief lie beyond the reach of any digital camera.

I am talking about the hairline fissures that can form in even the most seemingly rock-solid relationship, and how such a relationship might end, without hysterics and by mutual agreement of both parties, for no reason other than that it has simply run its course. Such ideas are hardly fashionable for movies at a time when the Jennifer Aniston–Vince Vaughn The Break-Up is what passes as sophisticated grown-up entertainment, and I suspect that Climates will not be easy viewing for those who feel marooned in long-term partnerships, or maybe for any of us who have known the suddenness with which love can turn to revulsion. Of course, the same could be said of Bergman’s Scenes From a Marriage or Alan Parker’s Shoot the Moon or Woody Allen’s Husbands and Wives, and Climates merits a place alongside them in any inventory of the screen’s wise and disquieting portraits of marital collapse.

But there is something you will see in Climates that is not to be found in any of those other films. Back in Istanbul, some months after that day on the beach, Isa stands longingly outside the apartment of a former mistress (the fiery Nazan Kesal), whom he has just run into (with her current boyfriend) in a bookstore. After thinking about it for a while, she opens the door to him, and what follows can only be described as the most awkward and berserk and sensationally unrestrained movie sex scene since the ones in Last Tango in Paris — a clumsy ballet of ripped clothes and bodies slamming against furniture that shudders with violent passion and the sense of two lonely, desperate souls connecting out of some irrepressible, primal need.

Not long after that, Isa begins to think he may have behaved in haste, that perhaps he and Bahar should give things another go. So he travels to Ishakpasa, where she is working, and their reunion there, amid the flurries of midwinter, is something beyond words. The shades of disgust, longing, forgiveness and resignation that flash across both lovers’ faces are like the storm clouds that interrupt a placid spring day and then, just as quickly, disappear — the whole complex history of woman and man condensed into a few sublime seconds of screen time. With that come no easy answers or tidy resolutions, but as Bahar literally fades from our view and an airplane that may or may not be carrying Isa streaks across a brilliant sky, we’re filled with the melancholic reminder that, in life as in nature, each ending brings with it another new beginning.

CLIMATES | Written and directed by NURI BILGE CEYLAN | Produced by ZEYNEP ÖZBATUR | Released by Zeitgeist Films |