Posted by: bluesyemre | August 12, 2013

The Faces of Recent Turkish Cinema


  • From September 6 through 28, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in partnership with the Chicago Turkish Film Committee, presents The Faces of Recent Turkish Cinema, a series of four films sampling recent trends in one of the world’s most vital national cinemas. Turkish cinema continues to enjoy a remarkable resurgence, with continuing increases in number of productions, film attendance, and, very importantly, share of the home market. While other countries have seen their movie theaters dominated by foreign (especially Hollywood) product, Turkey’s five most popular films of 2012 were all Turkish-made, and in the first half of 2013 Turkish films took 64% of the box-office (fourth best in the world, and higher than any European country). In a less commercial vein, Turkish films continue to be regular award-winners at international festivals, with adventurous new directors following in the footsteps of such acclaimed auteurs as Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Zeki Demirkubuz, and Semih Kaplanoğlu. Illustrating those trends, the series highlights exciting first features by Emin Alper (BEYOND THE HILL) and Belmin Söylemez (PRESENT TENSE), and the festival honorees include BEYOND THE HILL (winner of two awards at Berlin) and Zeki Demirkubuz’s INSIDE (winner of two awards at Dubai).

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