Soul Kitchen directed by Fatih Akin

Soul Kitchen directed by Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin's success at Venice Film Festival

Young-Germany.de , SEPT 14, 2009

Multiple prize-winning German-Turkish film director Fatih Akin added another prize to his growing collection by walking off with the Special Jury award at the Venice film festival for his comedy "Soul Kitchen.


Golden Orange Film Festival 2009

Golden Orange Film Festival 2009

National Competition Films of Golden Orange 2009

Turkfilm.Blogspot.com SEPT 16, 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.


TFC at AFCI Locations Trade SHow 2009

TFC at AFCI Locations Trade SHow 2009

AFCI Location Trade Show 2009

TFC April 16-18 2009

Turkish Film Council was awarded the First Place prize for "Most Informative Booth" at the show. Turkish Film Council at the AFCI Location Trade Show 2009 Thank you for taking the time to visit the Turkish Film Council Booth during the 2009 AFCI Locations Trade Show held April 16 - 18th. We hope that we were able to answer all your questions and matters of interest during such a short amount of time. Please let us know if you have any projects related to Turkey as we would like the opportunity to inform you more about the locations, as well as connect you with producers, location managers and fixers. In addition, we would like to tell you about the 2010 Istanbul European Capital of Culture Project. Please email us if you are interested in receiving our publication, Turkish Star. We are very proud to announce that we were awarded the First Place prize for "Most Informative Booth" at this year's show. We received the Second Place award in this category two years ago at the 2007 AFCI Locations Trade Show. 

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Hatice Aslan and Saadet Isil Aksoy

Hatice Aslan and Saadet Isil Aksoy

Turkish Actresses star in "Eastern Plays"

Variety, by Jay Weissberg, May 17, 2009

Turkish well-known actresses Hatice Aslan and Saadet Isil Aksoy starred in a Bulgaria-Sweeden movie called Eastern Plays. The film premiered in this year's Cannes Film Festival.


4th International Eurasia Film Festival Winners


Introduced for the first time within the frame of 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, the International Eurasia Film Festival achieved a great success and gained its individual character as an acclaimed film festival. More than 200 films of every genre, length and format from different countries all over the world are screened as a part of the whole event. The festival is divided into different sections, each with its own unique, conceptual profile where the Competition section accepts films from Europe and Asia. Here are the winners of the 4th Eurasia Film Festival:


Kevin Spacey
Paul Verhoeven
Maximilian Schell
Zbigniew Preisner
Michael York

Mickey Rourke
Marisa Tomei
Adrien Brody
Matthew Modine
Michael J Werner - Fortissimo Films

"Khamsa" - Director: Karim Dridi

"Still Walking" (Aruitemo Aruitemo) - Director: Hirokazu Koreeda

"Three Monkeys" - Director. Nuri Bilge Ceylan

"Autumn" - Director: Özcan Alper

"Dot" - Director: Derviş Zaim

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A Hand That Links Germans and Turks

The New York Times, January 6, 2008, by NICHOLAS KULISH

FATIH AKIN has earned the right to be a little exasperated about the constant focus on his Turkish-German identity.

“Imagine I’m a painter, and we speak more about the background of the paintings than the foreground of the paintings, or we speak about the framing but not about the painting,” said Mr. Akin, a German film director and the son of Turkish immigrants. “For sure this is frustrating, and for sure that’s why I will leave it behind sooner or later.” But he has not yet abandoned the journeys between Germany and Istanbul that have stood at the center of several of his films �" including the breakout success in Europe of his dark, violent love story, “Head-On.” With his latest feature, "The Edge of Heaven," Mr. Akin has created another film of similar geography but with a very different emotional landscape. It is a movie as much about bridging the gap between generations �" father and son, mother and daughter �" as between nations and cultures. He has had success with this latest film, for which he was writer, director and a producer, despite enormous expectations at home after “Head-On,” not the least of which were his own.


Akin's dual allegiance reflected in his movies

The Hollywood Reporter, By Gregg Kilday, Dec. 14, 2007

Fatih Akin is riding two horses as the Oscar race for best foreign-language feature rounds the far bend, heading to the Jan. 22 announcement of Academy Award nominations. For while Akin is director of "The Edge of Heaven," Germany's entry this year, he also is one of the producers of "Takva," Turkey's official submission.


Hollywood and Turkish Film Industries Came Together for Takva

December 14, 2007

Best Foreign Film Nominee Takva (A Man's Fear of God) was honored during a cocktail party on December 14th, 2007 in Los Angeles. Emrah Yucel, the President of the Turkish Film Council, hosted the celebratory reception at the Honorable and Mrs. Hakan Tekin's residence, The Consul General of the Republic of Turkey. Many famous Hollywood names gathered together including the award-winning producers of Takva, Fatih Akin and Sevil Demirci, Takva's award-winning actor Erkan Can, and award-winning writer Onder Cakar. Moreover, John Malkovich, Jacqueline Bisset, Crispin Glover, and many other award winning celebrities, Golden Globe and Academy Members were amongst the guests. The Turkish Film Council's advisory board members such as Yilmaz Erdogan, Cassandra Gava and Peter Stougard from Fox Studios also attended the party.

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'Class' takes Cannes top prize

Variety, Festival Central, TODD MCCARTHY, May 25, 2008

Laurent Cantet’s “The Class” (“Entre les murs”), an evocation of contemporary society as seen through a year’s events in a Paris junior high school classroom, went to the top of the class by winning the Palme d’Or at the 61st Cannes Film Festival.

Prevailing by a unanimous decision of the jury, it became the first French film to cop the festival’s main prize since “Under Satan’s Sun” in 1987.

Runner-up award, the Grand Prix, went to “Gomorrah,” Italian director Matteo Garrone’s unsparing look at organized crime in Naples, while Nuri Bilge Ceylan won the directing prize for “Three Monkeys,” an intense drama of a family pulled apart by crime and suspicion. The Turkish helmer took the Grand Prix in 2003 for “Distant.”


Emrah Yucel, Hasan Zongur and Phillip Westernoff (left to right)

Emrah Yucel, Hasan Zongur and Phillip Westernoff (left to right)

TFC Attended the 23rd AFCI Locations Trade Show

April 17, 2008

The 23rd annual AFCI (Association of Film Commissioners International) Locations Trade Show was held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, April 10-12, 2008. The Turkish Film Council proudly represented Turkey and the Turkish film industry with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism. During the trade show, many producers, directors and studio executives visited our booth, were informed about the Turkish Film Council's projects and prospective film incentives. Our high-quality Turkish Star newspaper, which was published specifically for the trade show as a key resource to the foreign filmmakers, was highly in demand. Compare to the last year's visitors, this year more film related people visited our booth and let us know that they are willing to shoot in Turkey. They also emphasized that the production incentives will extremely help Turkey be one of the most competitive and popular locations for the film industry, and also help Turkish film industry, culture, tourism and history be known worldwide.

Over 300 high quality International and US locations exhibitors, and more than 3,000 entertainment industry visitors attended to this year's show. In Santa Monica Civic Auditorium the locations on display cover every cityscape, landscape and setting that our spectacular world has to offer. Locations Trade Show is the place to find the largest collection of film commissions, production resources from all around the world and the information that you need to succeed in your next production.

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Prizes of the 61st Cannes Film Festival

Variety, Festival Central, TODD MCCARTHY, May 25, 2008


Palme d'Or
"The Class" (dir. Laurent Cantet, France)
Grand Prix
"Gomorrah" (Matteo Garrone, Italy)
Special Prizes of the 61st Cannes Festival
Catherine Deneuve ("A Christmas Tale") and Clint Eastwood ("Changeling")
Nuri Bilge Ceylan ("Three Monkeys,"Turkey-France-Italy)
Jury Prize
"Il Divo" (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy)
Benicio Del Toro ("Che," Spain-France)
Sandra Corveloni ("Linha de passe," Brazil-France)
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne ("Lorna's Silence," Belgium-France-Italy-Germany)

On the Way to School

On the Way to School

16th Altın Koza International Film Festival


One of the most acclaimed film festivals in Turkey; 16th Altın Koza(Golden Boll) International Film Festival was held in Adana between 8-14 June 2009. Among very successful nominees, "On the Way to School" has been selected for National Competition. On the Way to School Synopsis: All the charm of Être et Avoir: school life seen through the eyes of a young Turkish teacher just finding his feet. Recently graduated primary teacher Emre has been sent to run a remote school in Turkish Kurdistan. He arrives to discover a village with no running water, a somewhat relaxed approach to school attendance, and pupils who only speak Kurdish, a language fervently prohibited by the Turkish government. Filmed over one year, this is a beautiful, affectionate and gently humorous observation of Emre (never far from a phone call home to his mum) and his class as they struggle to come to terms with one another’s customs. For more information: www.altinkozafestivali.org.tr In the festival the jury members were Nuri Bilge Ceylan,head of the jury, Füruzan, Özgü Namal, Bulut Aras, Meltem Cumbul, Özcan ALper, Uğur İçbak and Zeynep Tül Akbal Süalp.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys"


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s 2008 Cannes Film Festival “Best Director” winner latest film “Three Monkeys” launched its Turkey premiere as a part of the 45th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the 4th International Eurasia Film Festival.

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Antalya Film Festival 2008 Announces Winners!


At the 45th year of the longest-running cinema summit of Turkey, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the 4th year of the Golden Orange’s global gateway, the International Eurasia Film Festival, 10 days of exuberance where continents, cultures and dreams have reconciled, concluded with a splendid ceremony and revealed the award-winners of the 45th year. Some of the winners are as follows. Please check the link below to read more about the winners and  the festival.


"The Market - A Tale of Trade" Director: Ben Hopkins

Dr. Avni Tolunay Yurtiçi Kargo Jury Special Award
"Dot" - Director: Derviş Zaim

Digiturk Behlül Dal Best Newcomer Award
Aydin Bulut - "Children of the Other Side"

Best Director
Dervis Zaim - "Dot"

Best Screenplay
Ben Hopkins - "The Market - A Tale of Trade"

Best Music
Mazlum Çimen - "Dot"

Best Actor
Tayanç Ayaydin - "The Market - A Tale of Trade"

Best Actress
Nurgül Yesilçay - "Conscience"

Best Supporting Actor
Volga Tekinoglu - "My Marlon and Brando" & "Children of the Other Side"

Best Supporting Actress
Övül Avkiran - "Pandora's Box"

Best Cinematography and the Recipient of the Kodak Award
Zekeriya Kurtulus - "Conscience"

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Mehmet Kurtulus in the role of Cenk Batu

Mehmet Kurtulus in the role of Cenk Batu

Mehmet Kurtulus has been Nominated for Golden Camera


For his leading role in the extremely popular detective TV Series in Germany: Tatort: Auf der Sonnenseite(Site of Crime: On the Sunny Side), Mehmet Kurtulus has been nominated for Germany’s biggest film award: “Golden Camera”., Mehmet plays as a new Tatort-superintendent in the TV series. The world premiere sees him working on his first case in the role of Cenk Batu, as the only undercover Tatort-superintendent to date. He is a soloist, who takes on false identities to solve his cases.

Speaking Oscar's language


The 2009 foreign-language Oscar race has begun in earnest, with submissions expected to top the 63 films that vied for the 2008 prize and under new rules that could result in the race being more inclusive than in years past. As always, the foreign-language lineup is an eclectic mix, with big-budget epics rubbing shoulders with tiny art house gems. This year, Turkey submitted Nuri Bilge Ceylan's "Three Monkeys" (Uc Maymun). Ceylan won best director at Cannes for "3 Monkeys," which revolves around a family trying to stay together despite hardship. Nominations for the 81st Annual Academy Awards will be announced on Thursday, Jan. 22, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, Feb. 22.

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Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Turkish filmmaker wins best director prize at Cannes

Hurriyet English, May 28, 2008

Turkey's Nuri Bilge Ceylan won Cannes Best Director award on Sunday for his searing family drama, "Three Monkeys." Ceylan is seen as one of the most distinctive film-makers of the last decade. (UPDATED)

"Three Monkeys," a tragedy revolving around jealousy, was his third appearance in the competition at Cannes, where the film was the critics’ favorite among the 22 vying for the prestigious Palme d'Or award.

"I dedicate this award to my lonely and beautiful country which I love with passion," said Ceylan, delivering a speech after American actor Sean Penn announced his name as the "Best Director." 


Emrah Yucel

Emrah Yucel

Interview with the Turkish Film Council Emrah Yucel

Los Angeles, May 16, 2007

In May 2007 in Los Angeles, President of Turkish Film Council, Emrah Yucel was interviewed by Filmcommissioners.com. In the interview Yucel, emphasized mainly the new incentive law coming into effect this summer, which will provide the foreign producers with 18% tax exemption plus 20% rebate of the money spent in Turkey. With the new incentive law Turkey will be able to compete with other countries that are highly preferred by producers as locations. He continued by mentioning Turkey’s geographical, historical and cultural locations that are ideal for filming. Beyond the fantastic locations and appealing tax incentives, there are other various reasons about Turkey, which are unique for filming.

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