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Turkish Cinema comes to the U.S.

Wednesday, Jun 11, 2008

Keep your eyes on this series of Turkish films June 10-13th 2008, happening in New York City and Washington D.C.

All screenings will be taking place at Village East Cinemas & director's guild of America (DGA) in New York City and at the Goethe institute in Washington D.C.

Come check out new and classic Turkish films, attend panel discussions, receptions, and after parties with live music and open bar and fine Turkish cuisine.

TESIYAP (Turkish Film and Television Producers Guild) is organizing a series
of Turkish films in New York City. Mrs. MINE VARGI, host and chairperson of
TESIYAP, will be arriving in the United States from Turkey with many Turkish
directors, producers and actors to welcome American audiences to experience Turkish culture through a selection of films that will be screened. TESIYAP is leading the way in encouraging a dialogue with the international film community, including both industry insiders and film lovers.

We are happy to say that admissions to all screenings are free with an RSVP here. Films that will be showcased include the works of Turkey's leading filmmakers such as FATIH AKIN, OMER VARGI, NURI BILGE CEYLAN, CAGAN IRMAK, YAVUZ TURGUL, and others who have attained both national and international recognition.

The program in NYC will include 7 films, beginning with the very compelling
BAYRAMPASA (THE PRISONERS). Shot in a real prison, the film is acted and
written by the prisoners themselves.

Other highlights of the series include KABADAYI (LOVE AND HONOR). Written by
the celebrated screenwriter YAVUZ TURGUL and directed by OMER VARGI, the film was a major box office hit in Turkey last year. The leading actor of the film and Turkish film icon SENER SEN will be in attendance.

MUTLULUK (BLISS) based on the novel by ZULFI LIVANELI and directed by ABDULLAH OGUZ, won several awards at many domestic and international film festivals. At the 44th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival BLISS was awarded "Best Music", "Best Actor" and "Best Actress" and received the Official Prize at the Montpellier International Film Festival as well as the award for "Best Film" at the Funchal International Film Festival. Leading Actress OZGU NAMAL will be at the screening.

Also scheduled to be shown is ULAK (THE MESSENGER), a new release directed by
CAGAN IRMAK. CAGAN IRMAK became one of Turkey's prominent young film directors and his previous film, BABAM VE OGLUM (MY FATHER AND MY SON), was one of the biggest box office successes of all time in Turkey. CAGAN IRMAK will attend the screening.

Also featured will be first time filmmakers: 120 directed by OZHAN EREN & MURAT SARACOGLU and BEYNELMILEL (THE INTERNATIONAL) directed by SIRRI SUREYYA ONDER & MUHARREM GULMEZ. We are pleased to showcase these promising new talents.

The finale of the series will feature METIN ERKSAN and DAVID E. DURSTON' s
unforgettable Turkish classic SUSUZ YAZ (DRY SUMMER) SUSUZ YAZ was the first
Turkish film ever awarded Best Film at the Berlin Film Festival and remains one of Turkey's best films. Lead actress HULYA KOCYIGIT will be attending the screening.


2007, 106 minutes 35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed by Hamdi Alkan
Written by Inmates of Bayrampasa Prison
Produced by Birol Guven
Starring Vural Celik, Yasemin Conka, Okan Tangucu, Inmates of Bayrampasa

"The Prisoners" is a story about an ordinary man who is wrongly convicted and sentenced to jail indefinitely. Erdem is a married man with one child who makes his living working as a hairdresser. One day bad luck strikes him when he suddenly meets up with an old friend Ahmet, a drug dealer who is under
police surveillance. Upon arrest, Erdem is accused of being Ahmet's accomplice
and he finds himself being persecuted under false charges. This film explores
the tragic and humorous side of Erdem's two years spent trying to convince
others of his innocence and gain back his freedom.

Wednesday, June 11th, 3:30PM
181 Second Ave. 12th Street New York, NY 10003
2007, 141 minutes
35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed by Omer Vargi
Written by Yavuz Turgul
Produced by Mine Vargi
Starring Sener Sen, Kenan Imirzalioglu, Ismail Hacioglu, Asli Tandogan, Rasim Oztekin

Ali Osman was the most brutal and, according to some, the most ruthless tough guy of his day, a man who lost his wife and only son years ago. Upon retiring,
he decides to leave behind his old ways of petty crime and shares his wealth with relatives and the poor. His great passion for football has led him to build a field for games in his neighborhood. Things seem settled until a phone call changes his life and he learns he is the father of Murat, the son of a former love from his past. Ali Osman is reunited with Murat and meets with Karaca, his girlfriend. Although she is in love with Murat, Karaca also is the object of obsession for Devran, a psychopath who uses her as a pawn in his
dealings with the Istanbul underworld.As a series of wholly unexpected developments unfolds between the police, the mafia, Devran, Murat, Karaca and Ali Osman, a confrontation becomes inevitable ¬ a confrontation of dangerous proportions.

Wednesday, June 11th, 7:30PM
181 Second Ave. 12th Street New York, NY 10003

2008, 116 minutes
35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed by Ozhan Eren& Murat Saracoglu
Written by Ozhan Eren
Produced by Ozhan Eren
Starring Ozge Ozberk, Burak Sergen, Cansel Elcin, Emin Olcay, Demir Karahan,

120 is based on a real story that takes place in the city of Van in 1914 during World War I. During the Battle of Sarikamis, troops from the Ottoman Empire, fighting against Russia, run out of ammunition. 120 boys between the ages of 12-17 volunteer to march out from Van. Their courage takes them through mountains and harsh winter conditions, marching for several days through the snow to transport the needed ammunition back to the city of Sarikamis. Upon their return they are faced with the harsh climate and a surprise attack by the Hunchaks; only 22 of the 120 boys survive. This film is about courage, honor and sacrifice of 120 children who fought for their country.

Thursday, June 12th, 2:00PM
181 Second Ave. 12th Street New York, NY 10003

2006, 106 minutes
35mm, color Turkish with English subtitles

Directed by Sirri Sureyya Onder & Muharrem Gulmez
Written by Sirri Sureyya Onder, Senaryo Studyosu
Produced by BKM
Starring Cezmi Baskin, Ozgu Namal, Umut Kurt, Bahri Beyat, Meral Okay

In 1982, following a coup d'etat, martial law ruled throughout Turkey. The International "Beynelminel" is a film about a group of struggling local musicians in Adiyaman, a region of southeastern Anatolia, who one day decide to break a military enforced curfew and end up in jail. The commander in charge of the regional martial law decides to start up a "modern orchestra" with these local street musicians. They are getting ready to perform during a welcoming ceremony for members of the National Military Council, who are passing through their town. Our hero, Haydar, a university student, is planning a protest demonstration and Gulendam, daughter of Abuzer, the conductor of the "modern orchestra", is helping him. Their plans are disrupted when a surprise occurs and everything does not turn out the way they expected.

Thursday, June 12th, 5:00PM
181 Second Ave. 12th Street New York, NY 10003

2007, 101 minutes
35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed and written by Cagan Irmak
Produced by Sukru Avsar
Starring Cetin Tekindor, Humeyra, Yetkin Dikinciler, Serif Sezer

A village that exists beyond the confines of modern times has its own rituals
and rhythm. One day a traveler called Zekeriya arrives out of nowhere and
tells a tale to the children living there. The tale is so effective and traumatic that indescribable winds of change arise. Life is not the way it used to be anymore. When a real disaster breaks out in the village, the beliefs and hearts of the villagers reveal themselves and everyone sees each other's love, hate and compassion.

Thursday, June 12th, 8:00PM
181 Second Ave. 12th Street New York, NY 10003

2006, 123 minutes
35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed and produced by Abdullah Oguz
Written by Kubilay Tuncer, Elif Ayan, Abdullah Oguz (Based on the novel by
Zulfu Livaneli)
Starring Talat Bulut, Ozgu Namal, Murat Han, Mustafa Avkiran, Emin Gursoy,
Sebnem Kostem, Meral Cetinkaya, Erol Babaoglu, Idil Yener, Alpay Atalan, Lena
Leyla Basak, Ali Zeytin, Ugur Izgi, Lale Mansur, Emel Goksu

17-year-old Meryem is found alone and unconscious by a lake. Her family who
live in a village in the east of Turkey, think that she has willingly had her
chastity corrupted and they decide on killing her, following the dictates of
custom. The task is given to her close relative Cemal. Meanwhile, a well-known
sociology Professor IrfanKurudal sets sail, leaving the life he lived in Istanbul. Meryem and Cemal's paths cross while Professor IrfanKurudal is seeking change. Are these three people, who set out for freedom and a second chance in life, going to be able to overcome their destiny on this journey?

Friday, June 13th, 5:00PM
110 West 57th Street, (Btw. 6th& 7th Ave.) New York, NY 10019

1964, 90 Minutes
35mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

Directed by Metin Erksan, David E. Durston
Starring Ulvi Dogan, Hulya Kocyigit, Alettin Altiok, Erol Tas, Hakki Haktan

The film takes place in the Aegean coast of Turkey where we follow the lives
of Osman and Hasan, two brothers caught up in a bitter love triangle involving
the same woman. Osman, A scheming tobacco farmer, sets out to ruin his
competition by diverting the local water to his own property. He also tries to
violate his own sister-in-law while her husband is away. The film explores the
old traditions of farmers who struggle with greed, lust and honor.

Friday, June 13th, 7:30PM
110 West 57th Street, (Btw. 6th& 7th Ave.) New York, NY 10019

Kazakh Festival 'Montage of Cinemas' Opens August 3 – 9 at DGA, Los Angeles, CA

Saturday, Jun 23, 2012

The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.

The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.

Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic “Ivan the Terrible” in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.

Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.

Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society ( ), , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.

Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festival’s website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California

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Palme D'or for Best Short Film in the 65th Cannes goes to "Sessiz" (Be-Deng)

Sunday, May 27, 2012

The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.

The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films – his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).

Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.

The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.

Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni þi 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.

In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.

Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes

Palme d'Or

Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)

Grand Prix

Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)

Jury Prize

The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)

Best Director

Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)

Best Actress

Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)

Best Actor

Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)

Best screenplay

Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)

Caméra d'or

Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)



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