Category: Film

Festivals
‘Taste of Anatolia’ film festival returns to Cambridge in September

After a successful debut in 2018, Taste of Anatolia – Films From Turkey (TAFFT) returns in the autumn with a second foray into the world of Turkish cinema. Presented by Cambridge-based film charity Balik Arts, and championed by top Turkish actor Cengiz Bozkurt and talented filmmaker TuğbaTirpan, the festival will again screen a contemporary mix […]

Art
Hala at the V&A – and you can see her too!

This Friday, the V&A – one of London’s premiere museum spaces – will screen Hala, or paternal aunt in Turkish. The work of talented young artist Şenay Camgöz, who specialises in moving image and performance, Hala is “a fierce, intelligent and resentful woman, a powerful and enduring archetype”. The actor-turned-filmmaker says she created the character “to explore […]

Dance
Turquazz: a Jazz and roots festival for all the senses

Turquazz is “Anatolian jazz without limits! Next month, it makes its global debut in London with fourteen events in 10 different venues over 17 days. Running from 13 to 30 March 2019, this brand new festival celebrates contemporary Anatolian culture, encompassing music, film, food, dance and spoken word. The festival kicks off with a pop-up […]

Film
National treasure, actress Ayşen Gruda is laid to rest

On Wednesday, 23 January, Ayşen Gruda died in Istanbul aged 74 after fighting against pancreas cancer for one-and-a-half years. She had been in intensive care for the past month before she passed away. She was one of a handful of female comedians in Turkey and among the nation’s favourite actresses. A statement issued by Kağıthane […]

Film
Review: Sibel, an impressive movie about Otherness from a mute outcast’s eyes

Award-winning Turkish drama Sibel made its UK debut on 6 December, Thursday evening at the birthplace of British cinema, Regent Street Cinema during London Film Week 2018. Sibel is the third collaboration between Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti and explores the “topic of exclusion and our relationship to the unknown, to the ‘Other” finely. Presented […]

Festivals
New London film festival to screen Turkish box office hits

Seven new and recent Turkish big screen successes are to be shown in the heart of London next week as part of a special film festival. Turkish Film Week will feature a “rich panorama”of “box office hits, festival award winners and Oscar candidates” from Wednesday, 12 December to Sunday, 16 December, organisers said. The free […]

Film
See award-winning Turkish film Sibel, about ‘a mute outcast who finds her true voice’, at London Film Week

The UK premiere of an award-winning Turkish drama will take place during December’s London Film Week, it has been announced. The first screening in Britain of Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s Sibel (2018) will be held on Thursday, 6 December, at the prestigious Regent Street Cinema and will be preceded by short British film Mercury. […]