Saturday, October 17, 2009

Golden Orange 2009 | Bornova Bornova


BORNOVA BORNOVA


İNAN TEMELKURAN

İnan Temelkuran Director/Script/Producer

Yıldıray İnan Executive Producer
Enrique Santiago Silguero Director of Photography
Erkan Tekemen Editor

CAST

Salih: Kadir Çermik
Hakan: Öner Erkan
Özlem: Damla Sönmez
Murat:Erkan Bektaş
Ali: Onur Öner Ateş
İhsan: Murat Kılıç
Senem: Selen Uçer
Ömer: Hasan Sahintürk
İbo: Mustafa Kırantepe



The movie takes place in a time when dreams are reduced to almost nothing and when it’s difficult to remain sane. Ordinary life becomes a one greater expectation.

Salih and Hakan who spend their entire days in front of the grocery shop thinking we were given the chance. Salih is like a older brother to Hakan. Hakan has just came back from the mandatory military service. His football career ended before even it had started because of an injury. He is without a job or a vocation He hopes to be to be a taxi driver. Salih is the psycopath of the neigborhood. He’s the only person who listens to Hakan and gives him advices. Although Salih has grown up in a well meaning educated family he’s involved in every kind of illegal business in the neighborhood. Everbody is scared of him. High school girl Özlem included. Hakan is crazy about her but he never had the the courage to talk to her.

Murat who is Salih’s childhood friend and a Ph-d student in philosophy makes a living writing erotic fantasies. He tells Hakan about an erotic fantasy that he wrote based on an event occured between Salih and Özlem. Hakan dissapointed and confused heads toward Özlem’s house to learn about the whole thing. Özlem was very scared when she sees Hakan.

İnan Temelkuran

Born in Izmir, Turkey in 1976, İnan Temelkuran graduated from Bornova Anatolian High School in 1994. After earning a law degree from Ankara University in 1998 he won a scholarship from the Spanish government to research Spain’s Franco era through the film industry. He started film school at TAI Superior School of Visual Arts in 2000, where he earned a degree as a Film Director in 2003. With his 2004 short documentary about a Turkish wedding in Madrid, he won the Best Short Documentary Award in the Young Art Festival. Returning to Turkey in 2005, he got a master of arts degree from Marmara University, Fine Arts School, Cinema TV department in 2008.

He completed his first feature movie “Made in Europe” in 2007 after nearly four years of filming in four countries. With “Made in Europe” he won the Best Director and the Grand Jury Yılmaz Güney Special Prize ($100,000) in the 2008 Adana Golden Boll Film Festival. The movie’s 18 male actors shared the festival’s Best Actor award. In the same year, he won Most Promising Director in the Ankara Film Festival. In the beginning of 2009 he was selected as Most Promising Artist by SIYAD, Turkey’s film critic’s association.

He completed his second feature “Bornova, Bornova” in May 2009, which premiered in the 2009 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.



IFF Rotterdam | Black Dogs Barking

IFFR 2009 | Signals: Young Turkish Cinema 2009



A dynamic shooting-style, pitch-perfect written street lingo and a transfixing dog-eat-dog story form the essence of this exciting first feature about two friends who get into deep trouble in Istanbul’s chaotic underground scene. At times funny, at times tragic, but foremostly, jolting in its authenticity.

Restless and young, best buddies Selim and Çaça live a meagre existence on the outskirts of Istanbul. Their neighbourhood's view of the city's gigantic business towers accelerates their ambitions. By day they grow pigeons on the roof, by night they drive their pimped-up car, 'My Orange Angel', and roam the mean streets with their entourage. The two buddies want to open up their own parking-lot business near a gigantic mall, and they just might get lucky, since they’re supported by the local mafia boss. But everyone wants a slice of the cake and the mall’s dodgy security contractor, Sait, is not so willing to let his 'turf' slide to these up-and-coming lads. Plus, the cops are on the boys’ tail to gather evidence against the mafia’s now 'legalized' activities. It isn’t long before Selim and Çaça’s dreams will be shattered when they find themselves in water over their heads. This sizzling début feature from Mehmet Bahadir Er and Maryna Gorbach, shot in a verité style, captures a verisimilitude representative of the many unemployed young Turkish men who just want to make a better life for themselves. Submerged in poverty and the prevailing macho culture, it is no surprise that they become victims of violence. Bustling with energy with its in-yer-face attitude, Black Dogs Barking proudly takes over On Board's (1988) legacy of the working class anti-heroes. (EY)

Director Mehmet Bahadir Er
Maryna Gorbach
Producer Mehmet Bahadir Er
Sales Kara Kirmizi Film
Print source Kara Kirmizi Film
Scenario Mehmet Bahadir Er
Cast Cemal Toktas
Volga Sorgu Tekinoglu
Erkan Can
Ayfer Dönmez
Taylan Ertugrul
Ergun Kuyucu
Mehmet Usta
Muhammed Cangören
Murat Daltaban
Photography Sviatoslav Bulakovskyi
Editor Maryna Gorbach, Mehmet Bahadir Er
Art design Serdar Yilmaz
Length 88'

Mehmet Bahadir Er

Mehmet Bahadir ER (1982, Turkey) is student at the film school in Istanbul. The Earthquake (2005), one of his short films, won an award for Best Short at the Istanbul Independent Film Festival. Black Dogs Barking (2008) is his first feature.
Goygoy (2004, short), Zilzal/The Earthquake (2005, short)[1], Umut/Hope (2006, short), Araf/The Heights (2007, short), Kara köpekler havlarken/Black Dogs Barking (2009, co-dir)

Maryna Gorbach

Maryna GORBACH (1981, Ukraine) graduated from Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and TV in 2006. Her first short film The Jar (2004) won awards at different international festivals. The Debt (2006) was her graduation film. Black Dogs Barking (2008) is her first feature. The Jar (2004, short), The Debt (2006, short), Kara köpekler havlarken/Black Dogs Barking (2009, co-dir)


[1] IFFR 07 | The Earthquake pays homage to the 15,000 victims at least killed by a major earthquake that took place in 1999 in north-western Turkey. A girl is trapped in a collapsed house. She finds her video camera.
Director/Producer/Screenplay: Mehmet Bahadir Er
Cast Diba Ener, Gülsen Er
Photography Diba Ener, Mehmet Bahadir Er
Editor Mehmet Bahadir Er
Length 14'

'Min Dit' makes waves at Antalya film fest


Source: Hurriyet Daily News The Golden Orange Film Festival sparked controversy Thursday with its screening of “Min Dit” (The Children of Diyarbakır), the first Kurdish-language movie to be part of the national competition in Antalya. The debut feature film by Miraz Bezar, a filmmaker of Kurdish origin who was born in Ankara and moved to Germany when he was six years old, drew a large audience. “Min Dit” had previously been screened at international film festivals abroad, winning the Gaztea Youth Award at the 57th San Sebastian International Film Festival held in Spain last month. Set in the 1990s in the eastern part of Turkey, the movie tells the story of 10-year-old Gülistan (Şenay Orak) and her younger brother Fırat (Muhammed Al), whose lives take a tragic turn on the road that connects the cities of Diyarbakır and Batman. After witnessing their parents’ death at the hands of a secret service paramilitary officer on the way home from a wedding, the siblings try to stay alive, first selling the family furniture, and later living in the streets when they can no long afford to pay the rent. Because Bezar grew up in Germany, all he knew about the Kurdish issue and the situation in eastern Turkey was what he saw on TV and read in the newspapers. “I wanted to go to Diyarbakır after I completed my degree at the Berlin Film Academy and experience the situation myself,” he said. There, he found that each person in the city had his or her own stories to tell. Once he decided to write the script for “Min Dit” he went back to Germany to develop the scenario. Bezar wrote all the dialogue in Turkish and had most of it translated into Kurdish for the film, which was co-produced by producer Klaus Maeck and well-known director Fatih Akın, who got involved after Bezar showed him the rough cut. According to Bezar, choosing the cast was not difficult. He watched one of his lead actors, Hakan Karsak, on a theater stage in Diyarbakır and was taken by his passion and talent. The casting of the children in the film also happened quickly: Bezar was lucky to meet Orak and Al on a bus after being invited on the trip by a group of children who were traveling to Urfa. The third leading child’s role was given to Suzan İlir. “She was trying to sell me a bottle of water in one of the cemeteries in Diyarbakır,” Bezar said. “She at first did not want to tell me her name, but I finally convinced her that I was going to shoot a film. I went to meet her parents and that’s how she joined the crew.” The first-time director was not expecting his film to compete at Antalya’s Golden Orange Film Festival. He looked proud to be competing with the films of successful directors. “No matter what, I finally did what I wanted to do,” he said. To help him shoot the film, Bezar’s mother sold her house and his uncle paid the team’s hotel expenses. The project kicked off with a budget of just 80,000 euros. “There are still team members who have not gotten paid,” Bezar said. “Some of them did it to support the film.” Making the movie was also a new experience for its child stars. Orak, the 10-year-old girl who plays the leading role, had never acted professionally before, but turned in a superb performance. “My only acting experience was the theater classes I attended in at the culture center in Diyarbakır,” she said. The mother in the film is played by Fahriye Çelik and the character of the father, a Kurdish journalist, by Alişan Önlü. A newborn baby also features in the movie. The children’s aunt Yekbun, played by Berivan Eminoğlu, is an underground Kurdish activist. After the death of their parents, she tries to get a visa to take the siblings to their grandfather in Sweden, but she is kidnapped by the paramilitary police, leaving the children completely alone. While digging in the garbage to find something to fill their stomachs with, Gülistan and Fırat meet an experienced street kid named Zelal, played by İlir, who teaches them the basics of survival. Gülistan also earns some money from Dilara, played by Berivan Ayaz, a prostitute who uses her as a cover but genuinely cares about the young girl. When Fırat sees one of the men who killed his parents, Nuri (Hakan Karsak), the boy is paralyzed by fear. In the days that follow, the paths of the two children, along with those of Dilara and Nuri, intersect in ways that have surprising impact due to the unexpected restraint with which they’re played. In the film, Bezar manages to keep his child characters as real as possible without turning them into mere sympathy magnets. He also succeeds in displaying the various sides of the city. “Some in the audience ask if children face these situations in real life,” Bezar said. “With some exceptions, all live under such circumstances; they grow up in an atmosphere of peak violence.” Some audience members at the festival, mostly Antalya locals, called the film one-sided, shouting in protest, “There has never been a Kurdish state and there will never be one.” In the face of such critics, Bezar kept his cool and said that he is there to talk about these issues. “Cinema is a form of art,” he said. “People do not have to agree with or believe in what they saw.” One of the actors in the film, Diyarbakır native Alişan Önlü, added: “We, as a nation, try to understand the children in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan and Palestine, but we never consider the situation of the children living in this conflicted city. Now it is time to look at life from the perspective of a southeastern child.”

Friday, October 16, 2009

11’e 10 kala / 10 to 11 by Pelin Esmer


10 to 11 movie trailer


This is the story of a passionate collector, Mithat, and the concierge of his building, Ali. For Mithat, Istanbul is as vast as his collections, while for Ali, who comes from a country village, it is nothing more than a few blocks around him. When the neighbours decide to have the building rebuilt for fear of earthquakes and the desire for a more valuable house, Mithat's most challenging struggle to save his collections begins. The building becomes the common destiny of these two men living alone, who will involuntarily change each other's fate.


Pelin Esmer
Istanbul, 1972. Her first work as a director, Koleksiyoncu (The Collector, 2002), won the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival. Her next work, Oyun (The Play, 2005), was premiered in Zabaltegi-New Directors at San Sebastian Festival and bagged the Best New Documentary Director Award at Tribeca Festival. 11’e 10 kala, her first fiction feature, won the Special Jury Prize at Istanbul Festival in 2009. She founded her own company, Sinefilm, in 2005.

Kosmos by Reha Erdem


KOSMOS-Reha Erdem
Kosmos by Reha Erdem
trailer

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kurdish Cinema

Kurdish Cinema part 1



Kurdish Cinema part 2

Hamburg Award for Min Dit



The young talents award Die Elfe (lit: the elf) is donated by Neue Sentimental Film Hamburg GmbH (NSF), and is endowed with 5,000 euros. The prize goes to “Before my Eyes” (WT) or “Min Dit – The Children Of Diyarbakir” by the German-Kurdish director Miraz Bezar, who previously won the “Gaztea Youth Award” in San Sebastian. The winner was decided on by a jury of three, consisting of Sigrid Berenberg, first Chairwoman of Kultwerk West, actress Imogen Kogge and director Kai Wessel. The jury’s verdict on the first film from Turkey to be shot in the Kurdish language praises the director “Bezar, who tears open this story, in all its colourfulness, bleakness, horror, but also full of humour and vitality, with grandiose encounters and coincidences that gently jostle the story along,” and valued the film as being “astounding and absolutely electrifying”.



Director: Miraz Bezar

Screenplay: Miraz Bezar

Cast: Senay Orak, Muhammet Al, Hakan Karsak, Berîvan Ayaz

Producer: Miraz Bezar, Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin

Orig. Titel: Min Dit
Section: Agenda 09
Original language: Kurdish/Turkish
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Music: Mustafa Mesrop Biber
DoP: Isabelle Casez
Set Designer: Pinar Soydinç
Editor: Miraz Bezar
Format: 35 mm

World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH, Balthasarstrasse 79-81, 50670 Köln, Germany, Tel: +49 221 539 709-0, Fax: +49 221 539 70910, email: info@matchfactory.de, www.the-match-factory.com
Production Company: Bezar Film & Corazón International corazón international GmbH & Co KG Ditmar-Koel-Str. 26 20459 Hamburg

Miraz Bezar


Miraz Bezar, born in 1971,Ankara, Turkey writer and director of various award winning short films.“Before My Eyes/Children of Diyarbekir” is his feature film debut. Filmography 2009 Before my Eyes 1997 Fern 1995 Berivan





The Children of Diyarbakir / Min dit


MIN DIT has been awarded with the "Gaztea Youth Award" of the San Sebastian Filmfestival

Reviewed at San Sebastian
The Children of Diyarbakir / Min dit (Germany/Turkey)
By JAY WEISSBERG


A Bezar Film, Corazon Intl. production. (International sales: the Match Factory, Cologne.) Produced by Miraz Bezar. Co-producers, Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin. Directed, written, edited by Miraz Bezar.


With: Senay Orak, Muhammed Al, Hakan Karsak, Suzan Ilir, Berivan Ayaz, Fahriye Celik, Alisan Onlu, Berivan Eminoglu, Mehmet Inci, Cekdar Korkusuz, Recep Ozer.

(Kurdish, Turkish dialogue)

An extraordinary performance by a 10-year-old girl anchors "The Children of Diyarbakir," the debut feature of Miraz Bezar. Set in the predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir, Turkey, the pic takes a straightforward, non-sensationalized approach to the tragic story of a brother and sister orphaned when their parents are assassinated by a secret-services paramilitary officer. Though it shows its first-feature origins, the film has moments, especially toward the end, that so transcend the material as to make the journey doubly worthwhile. A healthy fest life is assured, while Euro arthouse play isn't out of the question.


Though less inspired, the early scenes do the necessary work of introducing characters and establishing a mood: Gulistan (Senay Orak) and her younger brother, Firat (Muhammed Al), have a normal childhood with their mom (Fahriye Celik) and dad (Alisan Onlu) and new baby brother. Dad is a Kurdish journalist; on their way back from a wedding, the family is stopped by three gunmen, who shoot the parents dead in front of the kids. The brief scene is all the more powerful because Bezar downplays any excess in either the lensing or editing.

The kids' aunt Yekbun (Berivan Eminoglu), an underground Kurdish activist, moves in to care for them, but as she tries to get a visa to take them to their grandpa in Sweden, she's kidnapped by the paramilitary police and the children are left completely alone. As the weeks pass, they start selling everything in the apartment just to have food to eat, but it's not enough for medicine for the baby.

Kicked out of their home, Gulistan and Firat meet worldly-wise street kid Zelal (Suzan Ilir), who teaches them the basics of survival. Gulistan is also befriended by Dilara (Berivan Ayaz), a prostitute who uses her as a cover but genuinely cares about the young girl. When Firat sees one of their parents' killers, Nuri (Hakan Karsak), the boy is paralyzed by fear; in the days that follow, the paths of the two children, along with those of Dilara and Nuri, will all intersect in ways that have surprising impact due to the unexpected restraint with which they're played.

It's precisely Bezar's ability to hold back that allows this street-orphan tale to rise above the usual treatment of the subject. Bezar (born in Turkey, raised in Germany) keeps the kids as real as possible without turning them into merely cute sympathy magnets; he also reveals a city in all its multiple facets, from dying neighborhoods to leafy residential sections where the privileged live, unmoved by or apathetic toward Kurdish repression.

The cast of mostly unknowns can be uneven, but Orak is haunting as 10-year-old Gulistan. With large brown eyes taking in everything around her, this young nonpro is astonishingly real as she searches for ways to get herself and her brother through each day.

Fatih Akin boarded as co-producer through his production house, Corazon Intl., after Bezar showed him a rough cut. Tech credits reflect the modest budget, and the transfer from HD can't disguise a certain flatness in lighting, but the overall look is more than acceptable. Presumably, the final rap song was chosen for its message and thus requires subtitling.

Camera (color, widescreen, HD-to-35mm), Isabelle Casez; music, Mustafa Biber; production designer, Pinar Soydinc; costume designer, Ozlem Batur; sound (Dolby Digital), Garip Ozden, Daniel Weis; associate producers, Saliha Kutlay, Flaminio Zadra. Reviewed at San Sebastian Film Festival (Zabaltegi New Directors), Sept. 22, 2009. Running time: 101 MIN.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

National Competition Films of Golden Orange 2009



National Competition Films of Golden Orange 2009
selected among 43 submissions will be judged by a jury presided by Erden Kıral with members İzzet Günay, Mustafa Altıoklar, Mustafa Ziya Ülkenciler, Nurgül Yeşilçay, Ömür Gedik, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, Yavuz Bingöl and Zeynep Oral

Kutluğ Ataman ‘Aya Seyahat’
Zeki Demirkubuz’ ‘Kıskanmak’
Reha Erdem ‘Kosmos’
Onur Ünlü ‘Beş Şehir’
İnan Temelkuran ‘Bornova Bornova’
Murat Saraçoğlu ‘Deli Deli Olma’
Ümit Ünal ‘Gölgesizler’
Yavuz Özkan ‘İlkbahar Sonbahar’
Emre Şahin’ ‘40’ *
Meriç Demiray ‘Babam Büfe’ *
İlksen Başarır ‘Başka Dilde Aşk’ *
Miraz Bezar ‘Min Dit’ *
Bahadır Karataş ‘Usta’ *
Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun’ ‘Uzak İhtimal’ *
Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan ‘İki Dil Bir Bavul’ *
Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Gorbach ‘Kara Köpekler Havlarken’ *
( *) First Film

Not only the festival rehashed an old theme by using an eye for the poster (boring and totally unredable), the website is still under construction on the day of the announcements.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

53. BFI London Film Festival |My Only Sunshine by Reha Erdem

My Only Sunshine


Reha Erdem follows the celebrated Times and Winds with a poetic, bold and rewarding feature, daring in both form and content.

Hayat (Elit Işcan) is a troubled 14-year-old who seems to choose to hum constantly rather than say very much at all. Her father (Erdal Beşikçioğli) is a pimp and smuggler, catering for the large cargo ships on the Istanbul waterways. Her short-tempered grandfather (Levend Yilmaz) is ill and dying, unable to leave the bed that has been set up in the living room of the riverside shack they inhabit. Her mother (Banu Fotocan) has a new family and wants little to do with her. She's bullied at school, seems to be surrounded by sexual predators, eats chocolate whenever she can get her hands on it, and takes her frustration out on the Turkey that gets in her way. Hayat is clearly not a happy child, on the verge of becoming a woman, yet somehow, through her enduring spirit, she deals with the harsh injustices she has to face. Reha Erdem follows the celebrated Times and Winds with a poetic, bold and rewarding feature, daring in both form and content. In telling Hayat's tale, the plot itself is barely hinted at and open to interpretation, while technically, it's incredibly seductive, stunningly shot on and around the Bosphorus straits, with a striking use of sound.

Michael Hayden


Director
Reha Erdem
Cast
Elit Işcan, Erdal Beşikçioğli, Levend Yilmaz
Country
Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria
Writer
Reha Erdem
Running time
121min
Year
2009

53. BFI London Film Festival | Men on the Bridge by Asli Özge

Men on the Bridge


A prize-winning portrait of life in the rapidly changing sprawl of today's Istanbul, offering resonant and affecting insights in a pacy, punchy, multi-strand narrative.

The titular bridge is the splendid but often gridlocked Bosphorus Bridge that spans the divide between Europe and Asia; the men, three young inhabitants of the Istanbul suburbs who use it daily. Umut crosses it repeatedly in his taxi, hoping the work will buy the kind of smart apartment his wife Cemile wants. Traffic cop Murat, meanwhile, would just like a wife or a girlfriend; originally from eastern Turkey, he finds the city a lonely place. Finally, there's Fikret, who'd be satisfied with a job; reduced to illegally selling roses on the bridge, he barely sees the city's fashionable centre except when he's seeking work in the shops there. Though firmly rooted in specific experiences – it was originally planned as a documentary on this trio whose paths occasionally cross – Özge's wonderfully fresh, insightful portrait of life in today's Istanbul is equally relevant to London or any rapidly changing metropolis in its reflections on how economics, family, the media, sex, race, tradition and globalisation affect our lives. The performances – all by non-professionals – are excellent, the various threads of the pacy narrative deftly interwoven, and the whole film handles a range of pressing issues with the lightest of touches. A very deserving winner of the Golden Tulip at this year's Istanbul Film Festival.

Geoff Andrew


Director
Asli Özge
Cast
Fikret Portakal, Murat Tokgöz, Umut Ilker
Country
Germany, Turkey, Netherlands
Writer
Asli Özge
Running time
87min
Year
2009

53. BFI London Film Festival | Journey to the Moon by Kutlug Ataman

Journey to the Moon

Turkish villagers' quest to fly to the moon in the 1950s becomes an engaging study of contemporary Turkish culture.

Journey to the Moon, the new project from internationally renowned Turkish artist and filmmaker Kutlug Ataman, forms part of a series of works known as The Mesopotamian Dramaturgies, and was first exhibited in installation form in Linz earlier this year. Shown here in its single- screen version, the film takes a different approach from his narrative features, Serpent's Tail, Lola + Bilidikid, and 2 Girls. Set in a remote village in the Erizincan province in Eastern Turkey, it's the tale of four villagers' quest to travel to the moon during a period in the late 1950s when Turkey's villages were being encouraged to modernise. It is told through the use of found black-and-white photographs from the period, and the aid of a local narrator. Intercut with this, a wide range of established Turkish intellectuals offer their views and interpretations of the events. In Ataman's singular hands the assemblage of the images is evocative and often funny, and what the narrator lacks in first-hand experience, he makes up for in enthusiasm. Unsurprisingly to those familiar with any of Ataman's earlier work, this is no straightforward historical drama; rather in its retelling, the story becomes an engaging study of contemporary Turkish culture.

Sandra Hebron

Director:Kutlug Ataman; Cast:Metin Alagas, Gozde Aran, Kemal Okumus; Country:
Turkey; Writer: Kutlug Ataman; Running time: 79min; Year 2009

Review | Soul Kitchen

Venice
Soul Kitchen (Germany)
By DEREK ELLEY

A Pandora Film release of a Corazon Intl. production, in association with Pyramide Prods., NDR, Dorje Film. (International sales: the Match Factory, Cologne.) Produced by Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin. Co-producers, Fabienne Vonier, Alberto Fanni, Flaminio Zadra, Paolo Colombo. Directed by Fatih Akin. Screenplay, Akin, Adam Bousdoukos.

With: Adam Bousdoukos, Moritz Bleibtreu, Birol Unel, Anna Bederke, Pheline Roggan, Lucas Gregorowicz, Dorka Gryllus, Wotan Wilke Moehring, Demir Gokgol, Monica Bleibtreu, Udo Kier, Marc Hosemann, Cem Akin, Catrin Striebeck, Jan Fedder, Julia Wachsmann, Markus Imboden, Gudrun Egner, Gustav Peter Woehler, Ugur Yucel.

Returning to his native Hamburg, Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin rediscovers the verve of his early "Short Sharp Shock," tempered by a mature warmth, in "Soul Kitchen." Nicely cast ensembler, centered on a hopelessly disorganized eatery owner and peopled by a weird collection of lovable eccentrics, is pacey entertainment that hardly puts a foot wrong. This is not the fest-laureled Akin of weighty fare like "Head-On" and "The Edge of Heaven" -- more the one of "Solino" with a grungy, down-to-earth Hamburg edge. Offshore sales, at least in Europe, look to be lively.

Clearly made as a change of pace after "Heaven," the pic is labeled by Akin "an audacious, dirty Heimat film." But for him, a Heimat film isn't Bavarian blondes in dirndls; this is northern, grungy, multikulti Germany, with Greeks, Turks, rock bands and drifters.

Zinos Kazantsakis (Greek-German thesp Adam Bousdoukos) owns and caters a warehouse restaurant in the Hamburg nabe of Wilhelmsburg, where the working-class clientele like deep-fried schnitzels and burgers with their beer. Always running behind the eight-ball, Zinos even arrives late for the farewell dinner of his better-off g.f., Nadine (Pheline Roggan), who's leaving for a job in Shanghai.

When Zinos' larcenous younger brother, Illias (Moritz Bleibtreu), is let out of jail on day release, he asks Zinos to give him a fake job so he can get out more often. Zinos also has the idea of hiring a professional chef, the temperamental Shayn (Birol Unel), whose nouvelle cuisine alienates his regulars but eventually becomes a hit with the in-crowd.

With a tax inspector (Catrin Striebeck) and health officer (Jan Fedder) on his back, Nadine nagging him long-distance to join her, and a real estate shark (Wotan Wilke Moehring) trying to force him to sell the place, Zinos signs power of attorney over to the unreliable Illias and decides to set off to China. But he doesn't get further than the airport.

Incident-packed script manages to juggle a large number of characters and cameos without leaving any of them feeling underdeveloped. As the pieces fall into place in the final reels, there's a nice sense of community among the group of dreamers, losers and getting-byers, a feeling of how "home" is where you're most comfortable rather than a specific country, culture or place.

Bousdoukos, who co-wrote the script with Akin and was in the helmer's "Short Sharp Shock," has a slightly goofy, dumbkopf appeal that's just right for Zinos, and he teams well with Bleibtreu as his younger brother. Moehring and Unel are fine as the property trader and prima donna chef, respectively, but the real discovery is Hamburg-born Anna Bederke as Lucia, Zinos' hard-drinking waitress, who, in a beautifully played sequence, falls hard for Illias. As Zinos' physical therapist, Anna, Hungarian thesp Dorka Gryllus ("Irina Palm") is also aces in a key but gentler role.

Though several sequences feature cuisine, "Soul Kitchen" is not a foodie film a la "Mostly Martha." Music, just as much as food, is the way into the souls of these characters, but the rough-edged city of Hamburg -- always there in the background -- is what brings them together. Pic is as much a love letter to the place as to its people.

Technical package is deliberately on the grungy side but blooms when necessary under the camera of Akin regular Rainer Klausmann. Tight editing by Andrew Bird brings the pic in at a flab-free 98 minutes, and end titles are especially inventive.

The film is dedicated to Akin's brother, Cem, who plays one of Illias' buddies. It also features one of the last performances of Bleibtreu's mother, Monica (who died in May), in a comically explosive cameo as Nadine's grandma.

Camera (color), Rainer Klausmann; editor, Andrew Bird; music supervisors, Klaus Maeck, Pia Hoffmann; production designer, Tamo Kunz; costume designer, Katrin Aschendorf; sound (Dolby Digital), Kai Luede, Richard Borowski; sound designer, Andreas Hildebrandt; casting, Monique Akin. Reviewed at Venice Film Festival (competing), Sept. 10, 2009. (Also in Toronto Film Festival -- Special Presentations.) Running time: 98 MIN.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Montreal 2009 | A STEP INTO THE DARKNESS by Atil Inaç

A STEP INTO THE DARKNESS| BUYUK OYUN Turkey 2009 / Colour / 110 min PRODUCTION TEAM
Production company : Ayfer Ozgurel, Avni Ozgurel, TFT Film Yapim, Yildiz Cad. Tevfik Pasa Konagi No. 49, D.2, Besiktas, 3

Director : Atil Inaç Script : Avni Ozgurel, Atil Inaç
Photography : Editor : Aziz Imamoglu
Cast : Suzan Genc, Selen Ucer, Haktan Pak, Ranna Cabbar, Serdal Genc, Nalan Korucim

Cennet, a young Turkmen girl, who is the only survivor of a raid on her village in northern Iraq, sets out for Kirkuk in search of her older brother. There she learns that he was wounded by a bomb and taken to Turkey for treatment. Desperate to track him down, Cennet sets off on an arduous journey. When one of the smugglers who had agreed to help her across the mountains rapes her, she tries to kill herself. This time, she is rescued by the members of a radical Islamist organization who help her reach Istanbul, but she soon finds herself in the clutches of a charismatic religious figure who views her as an expendable instrument for his own violent agenda.
Atil Inaç

Turkish director Atil Inaç studied philosophy at Bogazici University in Turkey and at the University of Missouri and Claremont Graduate University in California, where he began his career working for the DFH ethnic television network in Los Angeles. Returning home in 2003, he continued working in TV, writing scripts for and directing series and sitcoms. He made his first feature, ZINCIRBOZAN, in 2007.

The World Film Festival 2009 | A Showcase for Five Turkish Films


The World Film Festival

August 27 to September 7, 2009

The goal of the Montreal World Film Festival (Montreal International Film Festival) is to encourage cultural diversity and understanding among nations, to foster the cinema of all continents by stimulating the development of quality cinema, to promote filmmakers and innovative works, to discover and encourage new talents, and to promote meetings between cinema professionals from around the world.

The World Film Festival - Montreal 2009 included the following sections:

* World Competition
* First Films World Competition
* Hors Concours (World Greats, out-of competition)
* Focus on World Cinema (Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania)
* Documentaries of the World
* Tributes
* Cinema Under the Stars
* Canadian Student Film Festival
Focus on World Cinema

BUYUK OYUN, 2009 / Colour / 110 min, Dir. Atil Inaç, Turkey.

GOLGESIZLER, 2009 / Colour / 97 min, Dir. Umit Unal, Turkey.

KARANLIKTAKILER, 2009 / Colour / 100 min, Dir. Çagan Irmak, Turkey.

SICAK, 2008 / Colour / 116 min, Dir. Abdullah Oguz, Turkey.


USTA, 2009 / Colour / 113 min, Dir. Bahadir Karatas, Turkey - Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Rhode Island IFF Grand Prix to Çağan Irmak

The Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) discovers and empowers filmmakers. Held in Providence, and locations throughout the state of Rhode Island. The 2009 Rhode Island International Film Festival (RIIFF) announced the winners in this year’s film competition at its annual Awards Ceremony held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel and the Best Feature Grand Prix went to ISSIZ ADAM (ALONE), Directed by Cagan Irmak (2008, Turkey).

ISSIZ ADAM (ALONE), (2008, Turkey).113 minutes
CAST:CEMAL HUNAL, MELIS BIRKAN, YILDIZ KULTUR, SERIF BOZKURT, GOZDE KANSU, GONCAGUL SUNAR; MUSIC: ARIA; DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: GOKHAN TIRYAKI; EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS:I GULCE PRODUCTION COMPANY, MOST PRODUCTION, PRODUCER: MUSTAFA OGUZ, WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: CAGAN IRMAK


Thirty-something ALPER is a talented chef who runs his own restaurant. He may have achieved success in business, but the same cannot be said of his personal life. While caught in the triangle of his gastronomic creations, one-night stands and escort girls, he suddenly finds his life take a new turn when he walks into a second-hand bookshop in the backstreets of Beyoglu to buy and old record he has been looking for.ADA is an attractive, unassuming and relatively stable woman in her late 20s who designs and makes fancy dress costumes for kids. One day, while wandering around Beyoglu in search of a second-hand book, she walks into the same shop as Alper. A womaniser by nature, Alper is impressed by Ada's good looks and sets off in pursuit. As a pretext for introducing himself, he tracks down the book Ada was looking for, buys it and then presents it to her. As it turns out, this book is the beginning of a passionate affair between the two. But the harder Alper tries to create space for Ada in his existing life, the more restricted, the more claustrophobic he starts to feel. Ada, however, is blissfully unaware of the poison in Alper's blood and delights on being in love.Ada and Alper live out their romance as far as they are able and in the measure to which life allows them.

In Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey (All About Mustafa) Cagan Irmak deals with the lies thrown at us by life; in Babam ve Oglum (My Father and My Son) his standpoint is that of a tight-knit Aegean family; and in Ulak (The Messenger) he tells us of the world we live in by believing in stories. This time, however, he sets his story in the metropolis.ALONE is a film that tells of people isolated and made lonely by modern life; people who need people but are blind to that need in the maelstrom of the metropolis; blind, that is, until it is too late. It is a story about food, mothers, old songs and love; a story both bitter and full of hope. PRODUCTION NOTESShooting for a period of five weeks, ALONE used natural locations that were dressed up and redecorated to match the needs of the script.For this film, too, Cagan Irmak reassembled the principal crew he has worked with on many previous successful productions, with the addition this time of DoP Gokhan Tiryaki, who was named Best Cinematographer at the World Film Festival of Bangkok in 2006.The original score, which was recorded live by a large string orchestra, was composed by ARIA. A number of treasured songs from the 70s were also used in the film soundtrack. Careful to brief his cast and crew thoroughly in advance in order to obtain a natural, spontaneous look for the film, the director scheduled in extra hours with his actors to ensure they slipped easily out of role again. Locations were centred largely on the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, where shooting sometimes required a hidden camera and sometimes large crowds of extras. A number of scenes were also photographed in Tarsus, on the southeast Mediterranean coast. Shot in scope, the film was based for the laboratory stage at Istanbul's Sinefekt Studios. The production used synch sound throughout photography, bringing in an experienced crew from overseas for the purpose.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Captain Kemal, a Comrade

Captain Kemal, a Comrade / Fotos Lamprinos

The portrait of Mihri Belli, a Turk born in 1915, who, after the Greco-Turkish War (1919-1922) was a devout nationalist and fanatic enemy of the Greeks, but decided, in 1947, to travel illegally to the mountains in Thrace to fight in the Greek Civil War on the side of the Greek communist guerrillas. Today, at the age of 92, he makes a journey back to Greece where he fought to visit the battle fields and hopefully meet again with his comrades.

Director: Fotos Lamprinos
Script: Fotos Lamprinos
Photographer: Simos Sakertzis
Montage: Alexis Pezas
Sound: Dimitris Athanassopoulos
Music: Yorgos Papadakis
Producer: Costas Lambropoulos
Production: CL Productions, Greek Film Centre, ERT SA Hellenic Broadcasting Corp., & Asi Film
Narration: Manos Zakharias. Texts: Mihri Belli
Type: BetacamSP Color-B&W
Production Country: Greece, Turkey
Duration: 72
Production Year: 2008
World Sales: CL Productions, Greece Zoe Lisgara T. +30 210 6412700 zoelisgara@clproductions.gr www.clproductions.gr

Fotos Lamprinos Filmography

1963-1964 100 Hours in May (short)
1969 Visit Greece (short)
1975 Ermoupolis – 9th Century
1976-1977 A Musical Travelogue with Domna Samiou (8-doc. series)
1977-1980 45 docs (TV series: Images from Northern Greece,
From the Pindus to Evros, ERT in Northern Greece, Research, Backstage)
1980 Yannis Tsarouchis’ Piraeus (short)
1980 Medieval Villages on Chios
1980 Nea Moni, Chios (TV series: This is Where Europe was Born)
1981 Aris Velouchiotis – The Dilemma
1981-1987 Panorama of the Century (33-doc. TV series)
1984 Panorama of the Century 1st episode (1895-1900) (short)
1987 Doxobus (fiction)
1988 Athens University – 50 Years
1989 Struggle at Sea
1989 Crete’s Unification with Greece (TV)
1989 Ancient Rhodes
1989-1990 A 70-year-old October (5-doc. TV series)
The Greeks of Russia (6-doc. TV series)
Political Refugees (TV)
Sergei Paradjanov (short) (TV)
Georgian Painters (TV)
1991 Emmanouil Roidis - Ermoupolis (TV series “The Words of the City”)
1991 Moscow – November 1990. Return to the Future (5 short doc. TV series)
1991 Beauty Will Save the World (7-doc. TV series)
1995 Birthday Celebration or a Silent Balkan Story
1995-1997 In Search of Berenice (3-doc. TV series)
2005 My Power Lies in the Love of the Lens
2008 Captain Kemal, a Comrade

Fotos Lamprinos Biography

He studied Film in Moscow (1965-1970). From 1970 to 1973 he thoroughly researched twenty-two governmental and private film archives in Europe and the United States in search of newsreel material referring to Greece between 1911-1971. In 1973 he collaborated withTheo Angelopoulos on the scenario for Angelopoulos’ film The Traveling Players. From 1975 to 1997 he directed over 50 documentaries for the Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT), including Panorama of the Century–thirty-three 30-minute episodes narrating the news in Greece and the world from 1895 to 1940, based exclusively on newsreel material; a series of twenty documentaries on the disintegration of the Soviet Union (1989- 1990); and a seven-episode documentary, Beauty Will Save the World (1991), which chronicled the parallel journey of the Russian State and the Russian Orthodox Church from the 10th century to our time. In 1981 Lamprinos filmed a feature-length documentary for the screen entitled Aris Velouchiotis –The Dilemma about the Resistance during the German occupation. His fiction film Doxobus (1987) referred to the 14th-century Byzantine province by the same name and the civil war of that period. In 1995 he produced and directed Birthday Celebration or a Silent Balkan Story, a documentary dedicated to the centenary of cinema and made up of footage from Balkan silent movies (1895-1930). His films have received awards in Greece and abroad. Lamprinos created the first Greek user-friendly archive of old newsreels (1997-2000), which is housed at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 1993 to 2003 he taught “The Relationship between History and Cinema” at various universities in Greece.

Source:Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

Emel Çelebi's ‘Sisters of Lilith' named best Balkan documentary




‘Sisters of Lilith' named best Balkan documentary - Turkish documentary filmmaker Emel Çelebi's 2008 film “Lilit'in Kızkardeşleri” (The Sisters of Lilith) has won the Best Balkan Documentary prize at this year's Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kosovo.

Turkish documentary filmmaker Emel Çelebi's 2008 film “Lilit'in Kızkardeşleri” (The Sisters of Lilith) has won the Best Balkan Documentary prize at this year's Dokufest International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kosovo.

The 41-minute film, which follows three Turkish women living their lives as a shepherdess, a fisherwoman and a farmer, beat 14 other entrants in the festival's eighth edition, held from Aug. 3-9 in Prizren.

Director: Emel Çelebi
Producer: Necati Sönmez
Cinematographer: Necati Sönmez, Özem Günhan
Editor: Necati Sönmez, Emel Çelebi
Music: Mircan Kaya
World Sales: ZeZe Film, Turkey Necati Sönmez T. +90 212 249 9721 necati@zezefilm.com www.zezefilm.com
Synopsis

Three women who live in harmony with nature, not succumbing to anyone with the force they draw off their labour in nature: a shepherd who lives with her flock in the mountains; a fisher who goes out to the sea everyday although she can’t swim; and a farmer who cares for her home and buys and sells fields. This is a song of praise for the strong and productive identity of women told through the stories of three characters.

Bio

Born and raised in Istanbul. She has studied English literature. She worked in various magazines as editor, interpreter and writer. Her first film “Housekeeper” has won the Best Documentary Award in 43rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the First Prize in 9th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul.

Festivals and Awards:

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, 2009. Ankara International Film Festival 2009. International Filmmor Women’s Film Festival, Istanbul 2009. DocumFest, Timisoara, Romania. Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. International Bodrum Filmfest DOCUMENTARIST – Istanbul Documentary Days. Flying Broom International Women's Film Festival 27th International Istanbul Film Festival
Contact

Emel Celebi
Sahkulu Mah. Seraskerci Cik. 4/2 Galata, Beyoglu
34420, Istanbul, Turkey
Tel: + 90 212 249 97 21
emelcelebis@yahoo.com

10 to 11 at San Sebastian Film Festivalt


Turkish director Pelin Esmer’s “11’e 10 kala” (10 to 11) will compete for the Kutxa-New Directors Award while also screening in the official competition. The 57th San Sebastian runs this year from Sept. 18-26 in Spain's northern Basque region.

The film, starring directors uncle, a real life collector Mithat Esmer in its title role, follows the story of an old antiques collector who resides in an old apartment building that has to be demolished and rebuilt to bring it up to code with earthquake regulations.

In 2009 she received the Jury Special Prize for “11’e 10’ kala” (10 to 11) in the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival. In the same year, she was also awarded the best director for “11’e 10’ kala” in the 16th Altın Koza Film Festival.

This year's lineup from 13 countries is true to form, emphasizing hard-hitting subjects such as homelessness, immigration, loneliness, prison and genocide.

The remaining 14 films will run in the Zabaltegi (New Directors) section. Miraz Bezar's film "Before my Eyes" about Turkish Kurdistan events as seen by children are a few of the other films that will run in the section. The award comes with a monetary prize of €90,000 ($127,250), to be split between the director and the Spanish distributor of the film, has helped launch some of international filmmaking's hottest fresh faces and attracts fledgling talent.

Turkish director Yeşim Ustaoğlu won the Golden Shell for Best Film award with her movie “Pandora’nin Kutusu” (Pandora’s Box) at last year’s San Sebastian Film Festival.

Pelin Esmer's award-winning debut fictional feature “11'e 10 Kala” (10 to 11), will get its theatrical release in Turkey on Sept. 25 through Özen Film.

Bio and Filmography


PELIN ESMER was born in Istanbul in 1972. She majored in Sociology at Bosphorus University. After graduating, she took classes at director Yavuz Ozkan's film workshop. She worked as an assistant director in a number of Turkish and foreign film productions, and directed a documentary, Koleksiyoncu (The Collector) with which she received the Best Documentary Award at Rome Independent Film Festival, and won third place at the Ankara Film Festival. She is currently a lecturer on documentary filmmaking at Kadir Has University Film Radio and TV Department in Istanbul. Oyun (The Play) is her latest film.

Filmography:
Oyun / The Play (Director, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor) 2005
Koleksiyoncu / The Collector (Director, Producer, Cinematographer) 2002
Gonlumdeki Kosk Olmasa / Omfavn Mig Måne/House of Hearts (First Assist. Director) 2002
Deli Yurek Bumerang Cehennemi / Wildheart, Hell of Boomerang (First Assist. Director) 2001
Cumhuriyet / The Republic (First Assist. Director) 1998
Conversations Across Bosphorus (Assist. Director) 1995

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Men on the Bridge in Toronto IFF 2009

Director Asli Özge

The 34th Toronto International Film Festival will be held Thursday, September 10 to Saturday, September 19, 2009. The Toronto International Film Festival ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world.

This years istanbul IFF winner Men on the Bridge was selected to screen as part of the Contemporary World Cinema Section. The film is about the stories of three men working at the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul are told by the original characters, in this mosaic depicting real persons exposing their lives and aspirations

Men on the Bridge | Köprüdekiler by Asli Özge
Country: Germany / Turkey / The Netherlands
Year: 2009
Runtime: 87 minutes
Format: Colour/35mm
Production Company: Endorphine Production
Producer: Fabian Massah
Screenplay: Asli Özge
Cinematographer: Emre Erkmen
Editor: Vessela Martschewski, Aylin Tinel, Christof Schertenleib
Sound: Florian Beck
Principal Cast: Fikret Portakal, Murat Tokgöz, Umut Ilker, Cemile Ilker






Aslı Özge was born in Istanbul in 1975. She graduated from the communication Faculty of Istanbul University in 1995, then from the Sinema-TV Department in the Faculty of Fine Arts of Marmara University in 1999. She then went to Berlin to continue towards her Master’s degree in Philosophy at Berlin Technical University. She founded the EEE Production Company with Emre Erkmen and scenarist Dagmar Gabler, and made a film “Biraz Nisan” in 2001. She was awarded “the Outstanding Young Persons of the World" by TOYP. In 2002, in a competition of 10 successful young people in the world, she was chosen the first in Turkey. She received the cultural success award in 2002. She also directed documentary films such as “Hesperos’un Çömezleri” (2005). Özge was nominated with her film in the 42nd Antalya Altın Potakal Film Festival in 2005. In 2009, she was awarded “the Best Turkish Film” for “Köprüdekiler” in the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival. In the same year, she was also awarded “the Best Film” for “Köprüdekiler” in the 16th Altın Koza Film Festival.

Short films:
Aslında (1997)
3 ETC (1998)
Quirck (1999)
Zamana dair Parçalar (2000)
Capital C (2000)

Awards:
“Capital C”:
-the 22nd İFSAK National Short Film and documentary competition, the best film award in the field of fiction video
-the 12th Ankara Film Festival, National Short Film, participated in the field of fiction
-nominated in the 1st Izmir Short Film Days (2000)
-participated in the AFM International Film Festival (2002)

“Zamana dair Parçalar”
-the 1st Izmir Short Film Days (2000)

“Quirck”
-participated in the Izmir Short Film Days (2000)

“3 ETC”
-Izmir Short Film Days (2000)

“Aslında”
- the 1st Izmir Short Film Days (2000)

Reference: kameraarkasi.org; sinematurk.com; radikal.com.tr

Friday, July 31, 2009

Venice 2009 | Soul Kitchen by Fatih Akin


Turkish-German helmer Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen,” which had been put on the back burner while “The Edge of Heaven” was pushed into production, is cooking once more.
The Hamburg-set romantic comedy, which was first unveiled in 2004, has been handed E3.2 million ($5.1 million) in production support by German funding org FFA in May 2008 session and will debut as part of the International competition of feature films, presented as world premieres at the 66. Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica in Venice (2-12 settembre 2009) which is under the direction of Marco Müller for the fifth consecutive year.

The Jury of Venezia 66 will be chaired by Ang Lee and composed of: Sandrine Bonnaire,Liliana Cavani, Joe Dante, Anurag Kashyap and Luciano Ligabue.

Fatih Akin Reunites With HEAD ON’s Birol Ünel For Soul Kitchen, which is a comedy that also stars Moritz Bleibtreu and Alexandra Maria Lara. The Hamburg-set romantic comedy tells the story of Greek bar owner Zinos (Adam Bousdoukos) who has a relationship with a basketball player from Serbia, while attempting to keep his restaurant in business as Akin returns to his favorite themes of culture and gender clash. It has been described as a love song to Hamburg and Akin's home town
Film fest (Sept. 24-Oct. 3) is also set to run "Soul Kitchen".

Distributor Pandora will bow the film in Germany on Christmas Day. The Match Factory is selling "Soul Kitchen" worldwide.



Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Altın Portakal Film Festival to ditch Eurasia, film market

Altın Portakal Film Festival to ditch Eurasia, film market

Well-known Turkish screen actors and actresses salute residents of Antalya in 2003 during the traditional parade that is held every year at the start of the Altın Portakal Film Festival. In light of the ongoing global economic crisis, concern has been increasing over the future of film festivals.

After the Kars Municipality announced that its annual Festival on Wheels would “not be held for sometime” due to financial hurdles, the Culture and Tourism Ministry allocated only half the amount of last year's budget to this year's Altın Koza International Film Festival in Adana, which wrapped up last weekend. Now all eyes are turned to another southern city, Antalya, wondering whether Turkey's longest-running film festival, the Altın Portakal (Golden Orange), will also feel the impact of the global crisis.

After parting ways with the İstanbul-based Turkish Foundation for Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK), the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts (AKSAV) will organize this year's Altın Portakal festival on its own for the first time. Film critic Vecdi Sayar, the newly appointed director of the festival, spoke with Today's Zaman about the current and future plans for Altın Portakal.

As
someone who has had different roles in many film festivals, what kinds of changes do you plan to make to Altın Portakal?

Taking into account the Altın Portakal Film Festival's 46-year-old legacy, we want the festival's national competition to have more of a priority. We will keep the international competition [held on the sidelines of Altın Portakal as a separate film festival known as the International Eurasia Film Festival, launched in 2005], but redevelop its structure. We plan to release more details in the near future, but I can tell you now that Eurasia will not be the main theme of the international competition. I plan to keep it as a non-competitive program within the main festival. The [Eurasia] Film Market is also not on our agenda right now. Instead of a virtual film market, we plan on focusing more on operational activities.

When new Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın ascended to the post following the local elections, he hinted that the festival might shrink but that it would be open to the public. What efforts are being made to open the festival to the public?

I think that announcement hinted not at contraction but at growth. Real growth should be about quality not quantity. Last year, 1,500 guests were invited. I think that was an overextension and certainly believe a reduction in terms of numbers is necessary. In recent years, I have been hearing complaints that the festival has moved away from the people, that attendees are unable to enter theaters because there are too many guests and that opportunities for attendees to meet artists were not enough. I wouldn't want to say anything definite without obtaining data, but we have plans to screen films in many theaters across the city to enable a wide segment of society to have access to the festival and to increase the number of activities that will allow people to meet artists.

What kind of impact will separating from TÜRSAK, of which you were a founding member, have on the festival? There are concerns that the bar will be lowered.

I don't think the bar was raised too high. But certainly, we will preserve the beneficial aspects TÜRSAK has brought to the festival and the universal standards required for an international film festival. It is clear that neither the mayor nor I will choose the easy way or bring the issue down to populism. The Antalya Altın Portakal festival deserves to be among the most well-regarded and serious film festivals in the world.

How will disagreement between the local administration and the government affect the festival's gains in coming years?

There should not be a disagreement. The Antalya film festival is the oldest film festival in our country. It plays an important role in promoting our country, as it does in promoting Turkish cinema. A stable routine is necessary in order to improve its prestige and regard on the international level, and this requires serious resources. In addition to the Antalya Municipality, the Culture and Tourism Ministry and the Prime Ministry Promotion Fund must continuously extend their support. We must reach a level of maturity so that our festivals, like those in other parts of the world, will not be affected by political changes.

What will the future of the International Eurasia Film Festival be? Will we continue to see world-renowned figures in Antalya?

Instead of having two film festivals simultaneously, Altın Portakal [which was solely a national film festival since its inception] will now have national and international competition and non-competitive programs. And certainly, we will invite outstanding actors and film directors from around the world. Paying Hollywood stars to come to the festival is not the only way to preserve the festival's international recognition.

What plans or ideas do you have about the controversial selection of jury members in the festival?

We are still deliberating on this. Let me say, though, that we will have an approach that complies with universal criteria used in many parts of the world.

Is the schedule of the festival clear?

We plan on keeping the previously scheduled dates, between Oct. 1 and 8. Our mayor will make the official announcement about the date and main aspects of the program at a later date.

20 June 2009, Saturday | ALİ KOCA İSTANBUL from Today's Zaman

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Goldan Boll | Altin Koza National Competition Jury | 2009

Nuri Bilge Ceylan - President The Jury

He was born in İstanbul in 1959.

He studied at the Department of Chemistry in İstanbul Technical University; however, he had to leave the school after two years because of the political chaos of that period.

In 1978, he started to study at the Department of Electrical Engineering in Bosphorus University. After graduating from Bosphorus University, he studied cinema in Mimar Sinan University for two years.

He started his cinema career as a director with his short movie, Koza (Cocoon), which was also screened at the competition of Cannes Film Festival in 1995.

He shot his first feature film, Kasaba (The Small Town), which was a story being composed of three episodes composed of pastoral and autobiographic stories. Kasaba was shown in many international festivals including Berlin Film Festival. His second feature film dated 1999, Mayıs Sıkıntısı (Clouds of May), was selected to the competition in Berlin Film Festival.

With his third film ”Uzak” (Distant) he won the Grand Prix and Best actor Award at 2003 Cannes Film Festival. Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s next film was “İklimler” (Climates) which won the FIPRESCI Prize in Cannes Film Festival in 2006.

Competing at the 61st Cannes Film Festival with his 2008 film ÜÇ MAYMUN (Three Monkeys), Nuri Bilge won the Best Director award. ÜÇ MAYMUN later went on to become the first Turkish film to make the Oscar shortlist in the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category.

In 2009, he returned to Cannes, this time as a member of the main competition jury.

Filmleri / Filmography

2008 Üç Maymun
2006 İklimler
2002 Uzak
1999 Mayıs Sıkıntısı
1997 Kasaba
1995 Koza (Kısa film)

Bulut Aras

He was born in Yukarı Şamlı Willage of Denizli in 1953. After he had garduated from Denizli Commerce High School, he studied at Commerce Academy of the Marmara University. He was selected as the first in the Cinema, Pictorial and TV Contest which was organized by The Tercuman Newspaper.

He started to act in the film of “Hain” in 1976. He had a place in more than 50 cinema film and in more than 10 tv films. He played in many tv series in 90s. His last film he had played was “Büyük Şeytan Üçgeni” was directed by Yücel Ünlü. The films in which he played and some important films in Turkish Cinema History.

Sultan (1978) , Tatlı Nigar (1978), Minik Serçe (1979), Derya Gülü (1979), Toprağın Teri (1981), Bir Zamanlar Kardeştiler (1983), Kahreden Kurşun (1983), Öç (1984), Kabadayı (1986), Sahibini Arayan Madalya (1989), Kiralık Kadın (2000)...

Bulut Aras is married and he has a son named Onur Destan. He is the 17th Founder member of Cinema Players Assosication (SODER) and he is still member of Comtemporary Cinema Players Assosication(CASOD).

Füruzan

Füruzan won the 1972 Sait Faik Story Prize for her very first work, Parasız Yatılı. She is a self-taught author; after elementary school she had no formal education. Her original and attractive use of the stream-of-conciousness technique and her spectrum of striking characters have made her a remarkable name among the contemporary Turkish short story writers. The plight of helpless women, middle-class families fallen on hard times, refugees victimized because of their “otherness” are her major themes. Füruzan is noted for her deep exploration of characters and a narrative style based on telling detail. In 1975 she was invited to Berlin under the DAAD program and remained there for a year interviewing workers and artists. Her work “Benim Sinemalarım-My Cinemas” was screened during Cannes International Film Festival and awarded at Iranian Fecr Festival and Tokyo Film Festival in 1991. Her work has been translated into several foreign languages. She is the honorary author of Istanbul TUYAP Book Fair 2008.


Story: Parasız Yatılı (1971), Kuşatma (1972), Benim Sinemalarım (1973), Gül Mevsimidir (uzun öykü, 1973), Gecenin Öteki Yüzü (1982), Sevda Dolu Bir Yaz (1999).
Novel: Kırk Yedi’liler (1974), Berlin’in Nar Çiçeği (1988).
Interview: Yeni Konuklar (1977).
Travel book: Evsahipleri (1981), Balkan Yolcusu (1994).
Play: Redife’ye Güzelleme (1981), Kış Gelmeden (1997).
Childrens book: Die Kinder der Türkei (1979, Türkiye Çocukları).
Poetry: Lodoslar Kenti (1991).
Yaşantı: Füruzan Diye Bir Öykü (Hazırlayan: Faruk Şüyün, 2008).

Mazlum Çimen

He was born in the willage of Sevdilli Elbistan/Kahramanmaraş in 1958. He graduated from Selahattin Karakaşlı Primary School in Anadolu Hisarı Kavacık.

He entered Violin Department of State Consarvatuary 4 years later, he entered the Ballet Department of the same school. He graduated in 1981 and started to work as a Ballet in Istanbul Satete Ballet and Opera Hause.

He started his musical works when he was child by playing Baglama (A local Instrument), he went on his musical works by selecting Turkus from Anatolia. Later he started to compose his own songs at the very beginning of 80s. He started to compose film musics with the support of İhsan Yüce, but he got his biggest support from Onat Kutlar.

“Aysarın Zilleri” (The Bells of Aysar) was his 1st work. Then He composed "Mem u Zin" much more willingly. In turns, “Soğuk Geceler" (Cold Nihgts), "Hollywood Kaçakları", "Işıklar Sönmesin", "Nazım Hikmet Ziyaretçin Var, "Gönlümdeki Köşk Olmasa”, "Büyük Adam Küçük Aşk”, "Oyun", "Son Cellat”, "Umut" .He composed for films, tv series and documentaries. He composed the theatre musics, "Yunus Emre" (1989 Diyarbakır State Theatre), "Ferhat ve Şirin" (İstanbul City Theatre).

He got 3 Golden Boll, 4 Golden Orange,1 Ankara Hititís Sun Best Film Music Prize, 1 Orhan Murat Arıburnu Prize, 1 Swiss Prize and he got Best Film Music Prize in 2008 Montpellier/France Film Festival. He has totally 14 Best Film Music Awards, he has gotten every Best Film Music Award which he has been nominated.

He played in "Hababam Sınıfı Güle Güle"(Bye Bye Hababam Classroom), "Hoşçakal Yarın"(Good bye Tomorrow), "Gönlümdeki Köşk Olmasa"(What if I didnít have that Pavilion in my hearth), "Anlat İstanbul"(Tell me, Istanbul), "Son Cellat"(The Last Hangman), "Umut"(The Hope) films.


Meltem Cumbul

After having graduated from drama school in İstanbul, Meltem Cumbul began her career in London at the age of 21. On her return from Londan, she hosted 150 episodes of the game show Card Sharks during the years 1993-94. Her main passion being drama, in the same years she acted as the Lead actress in Marguerite Duras’ play “Lyrics of Farewell”. She then both produced and directed Arnold Wesker’s “Four Seasons’’. Because she thought that acting in movies is different from Theatre, she did not prefer leading roles and she acted as supporting actress in her first full-lengt films, Sinan Çetin’s ‘’Mr.E’’ and Ümit Elçi’s “Insect’’.

In the same year, the fukk-length film Barış Pirhasan’s “Isaac’s Story’’ hosted her as supporting actress. In 1997, she was the leading actress in the musical “Tell, Scheherazade, Tell” and Umut Turagay’s full-lenght film “Mixed Pizza’’, in which she played a ruthless female cutthroat. The year 1999 saw her as the leading actress of Sinan Çetin’s “Propaganda’’ in which she wrote her own lines and in the Iranian director Houchang Allahyari’s film “Geboren in Absurditan”, where she acted in german despite not speaking the language. She also began acting in the TV serial drama “Yılan Hikayesi” which to this date holds the title of having the highest ratings in the history of Turkish television.

She was leading actress in Yalçın Yelence’s film “The Trial”. In 2001, she sportted the experimental modern dans troupe MDT in their performance “Travelogue” and was the starring actress in the film “Maruf” by Serdar Akar. She won the Golden Orange Prize for Best Leading Actress in the International Antalya Film Festival, with her rendition of a fictional female character depicting the tumultous times of the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid in Ziya Öztan’s “Abdülhamit Düşerken”. In 2003, she was the guest starring actress in Fatih Akın’s “Gegen Die Wand” which won the Golden Bear Prize for Best Film in Berlinale. She was the leading actress in “The Taming of the Shrew” which had become the most successful Shakespeare rendition that is put on stage by İstanbul Municipality Theatres in Turkey in 2004. Recently she played in “Comedy of Miracles”, a musical she takes part in as the leading actress again in “Lovelorn” where she shares the head roles with actor Şener Şen.

Özcan Alper

Özcan Alper was born in Hopa, Artvin in 1975. After he had studied in Physic Departmant of Science Faculty in Istanbul University between 1992-1996 years, he continued his education in Science History Department in Faculty of Letters in Istanbul University. Then, he was graduated in 2003. He joined MKM cinema workshop between 1996 - 1999 years and cinema seminary of Nazım Culture Center and workshop between 1999-2001. He took a directory prize with documentary film with 25 minutes documentary which was “Rapsody and Melancoly in Tokai City” in 2005 in Japan. He took Jury Special Prize in International Friendship Film Festival (2005). In 2004, he was awarded with continuity writer and directory prizes with 60 minutes documentary film which was called “Voyage In Time With a Scientist”. In 2001, he was awarded with directory and writer awards with a 25 minutes short film that was called “MOMI/Grand Mother” and he took special sight prize from International Yerevan Short Film Festival in 2002. His first feature film he directed, SONBAHAR, was awarded 3 three times including The Best Film in 15th International Golden Boll Film and The Film also got The Art & Essay Cicae Prize in 61st Locarno Film Festival, 7 prize including The Best Film in 20th Ankara International Film Festival, 4 prize including The Best Film in SIYAD Awards, The Best First Film Prize in Yeşilçam Awards, Silver Prometus Prize in Tiflis Film Festival, Netpac Jury Prize in International Eurasia Film Festival. He also got many prizes in International and national film festivals.

Filmleri / Filmography:

2008 Sonbahar
2005 Tokai City’de Rapsodi ve Melankoli (Belgesel / Documentary)
2004 Bir Bilim Adamıyla Zaman Enlem’inde Yolculuk (Belgesel / Documentary)
2001 MOMİ / Büyükanne (Kısa Film/Short Film)

Özgü Namal

She was born in İstanbul in 1978. She studied at Uskudar Cumhuriyet High School and Theatre Department of Istanbul Universty State Consarvatory. She took acting and dancing courses.

She got her first role in the play named APACIK in Theatre Fora in 2001. She had roles in Play It Again Sam (2001), Taraf Tutmak (2003), Kiralık Oyun 2005), Yan Etkili Konuşmalar (2007).

She got Best Actres Prize in the category of Comedy with her role in Kiralık Oyun in the Afife Theatre Awards and Sadri Alışık Theatre Awards.

She played in TV Films named Havada Bulut (2003), Kerem, Bir Filiz Vardı. She was hostess in tv programs named Koca Kafalar and Güldür Bakalım, she also played in many tv series and advertisement.

She started her movie career with the film “Sır Çocukları” the director of which was Ümit Cin Güven in 2002. She got the Best Promising Actress Awards with this film in National Competition Part of the 14th International Ankara Film Festival.

She acted in many cinema films and won awards. The films she acted in are Büyü (2004), Anlat İstanbul (2005), Organiz İşler (2005), Beynemilel (2006), Polis (2007), Mutluluk (2007), O… Çocukları (2008) ve İncir Çekirdeği(2009).

She got the Best Actrees Awards with her performance in Beynelmilel in İstanbul Film Festival in 2007.

She got the Best Actrees Awards with her acting character of Meryem in the film “Mutluluk” which Abdullah Oğuz directed, in many festivals such as Altın Portakal Film Festival, Siyad Awards, Beyaz İnci Awards, Oxfords Film Festival and Pune Film Festival.
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Uğur İçbak

He was born in Manisa on 31st of December in 1963. He entered the Mimar Sinan University Cinema-Tv Center as a guest student, but later he graduated from the same school as the real student. He spent his Assistantship Phase with foreign image directors who were shooting long measurements films in Turkey.

When his succes, in short films he shot as image director, was realized at once, he channelled to Cinema and Advertisemnt sector. His interest to aviation met Cinema and after he got his special Pilot licence, he realized many foreign and local Projects air shootings.

Uğur İçbak has shooted 13 Long mesurement Films most of Which would be milestone for Turkish Cinema History many advertisemnts and many clips for songs. With The long measurements films which he directed when he was still student, he was awarded 2 times in The Best Cinematography in Golden Orange and 1time in SIYAD Awards (Cinema Writers Association).

Uğur İçbak attends courses in Türsak Foundation as a tutor and gives applied lessons on “Illumuniation Techniques” regularly. He also works as an instructor in Mimar Sinan University Cinema and Tv Department. He teaches “Shooting and After Shooting Techniques” and he also opens workshops in varied universities Cinema Department.

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2009 NEŞELİ HAYAT
2008 OSMANLI CUMHURİYETİ
2006 HOKKABAZ
2005 ORGANİZE İŞLER
2003 VİZONTELE-TUUBA
2000 HEMŞO
1999 KAHPE BİZANS
1998 HOŞÇAKAL YARIN
1996 EŞKIYA
1995 İSTANBUL KANATLARIMIN ALTINDA
1994 İZ
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Prof. Dr. Zeynep Tül Akbal Sualp

She has been teaching cinema, media and cultural studies in various Universities in Istanbul and gave lectures at Humbold University in Berlin as a visiting Professor last year. She recently has become the faculty member of Cinema and TV Department at Bahcesehir University in Istanbul. She has her BA degree in Psychology and studied Political Science, Cinema Studies and Sociology (Cultural Studies) in New York and İstanbul in MA and PhD levels. She has been writing articles on cultural studies, cinema and critical theory in some journals and the editor of Kültür ve Toplum 1/ Culture and the Society 1, (Hil, 1995), Oyun/ Play (2002) and the author of the book titled ZamanMekan: Kuram ve Sinema/TimeSpace: Theory and Cinema (Bağlam 2004) and co-author of the short fiction: Wanting Book Odd Notebook. (MudamCamp de Base & :mentalKLİNİK, 2004) and also co-author of the book titled From Liberties To Losses and Afterwards (De-Ki 2008) Her recent research interest includes «space and time in cinema and culture », « urban space and cinema », and « technology culture and public sphere»