Tag: Turkish cinema

Film
Free online talk: ‘Turkish Remakesploitation: Yeşilçam-era remakes of Hollywood cinema’

During the 1970s and 80s, Turkish cinema regularly churned out low-budget versions of Hollywood box office smashes and American television hit series. Star Wars, Star Trek, The Exorcist, E.T., and Superman were among those to get an often unauthorised Turkish makeover. These B-movies, often referred to as “Turksploitation”, are not only endearing to Turks, but […]

HP News
The final curtain closes as iconic actress Yıldız Kenter dies aged 91

Yıldız Kenter, one of Turkey’s biggest stars of cinema and theatre, has died in Istanbul at the age of 91. The multi award-winning actress had been battling lung disease and was in intensive care at the American Hospital when she passed away on Sunday, 17 November. During an illustrious career spanning sixty years, Kenter appeared […]

Festivals
Full programme for 2019 Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey festival

Now in its second year and growing fast, Taste of Anatolia – Films from Turkey brings together the creative energy of a new generation of talent from Turkey. Not only does the festival provide a crucial platform, but it champions underrepresented voices by celebrating the power of independent cinema. Founded by the charity Balık Arts, the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Culture
10 good reasons to help save the London Turkish Film Festival

  Last month, the long-running London Turkish Film Festival announced it was turning to crowd-funding to help keep it going. So far the campaign has raised just under £1,500. As we enter the last week of the fundraising campaign, we give our readers ten good reasons to support this important festival. 1) LTFF programming puts spotlight […]

Film
Hababam Sınıfı actor Halit Akçatepe dies aged 79
 

  One of Turkey’s best loved actors passed away in Istanbul earlier today. Halit Akçatepe, who had suffered a stroke last year, was rushed to hospital on Thursday after experiencing breathing difficulties. A statement issued by the hospital said the veteran actor died as a result of a blockage to the upper part of his […]

Film
New Erdoğan biopic ‘Reis’ flops at the box office
 

  A biographical film charting the meteoric rise of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has bombed at the box office. Directed by Hüdaverdi Yavuz, Reis opened at over 300 screens on Friday 3rd March, but sold just 67,850 tickets to make 817,158 TL on its first weekend, leaving the film trailing in fourth place at […]