Tag: Turkish cinema

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 […]

Film
Remake, Remix, Rip-off – special screening of documentary about Turkey’s exploitation cinema

During the 1970s and 1980s, the Turkish film industry was churning out hundreds of movies each year. Many were shameless low-budget rip-offs of American box office hits: from Superman (Süpermen Dönüyor, 1979) to Star Wars (Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, 1982), and E.T. (Badi, 1983) to the Wizard of Oz (Ayşecik ve Sihirli Cüceler Rüyalar Ülkesinde, 1971). […]

Film
Turkish acting legend Tarık Akan loses cancer battle
 

Former heartthrob and leading man of Turkish cinema Tarık Akan has died today aged 66. His death was announced in a statement by the Nazım Hikmet Culture and Arts Foundation, where Akan served as a board member. He had been receiving treatment at a private hospital after recently being diagnosed with lung and liver cancer. Akan […]