Cinema Turkey Now!

 

Every year World Cinema Amsterdam turns the spotlight on the cinema of a specific country or region where special things are happening in the field of filmmaking. In this sense, the festival will dedicate the focus of its 2016 edition to Turkey through the programme Cinema Turkey Now! by showcasing not only feature films, but also documentaries and shorts.

 

Thanks to the work of renowned filmmakers such as Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Semih Kaplanoglu, the industry has kept an eye on Turkish cinema during the last years. Recently a new generation of filmmakers has blossomed within the country with a remarkably high proportion of female directors. In their films they will show – from a local and feminine perspective – the real situation of girls and women in Turkish society today.

 

Some other films in the programme address the issue of the current situation of the Kurdish community in South–east Turkey. Through these movies the filmmakers show some of the different aspects of the Kurdish culture and let us see life in a besieged region.

 

Special Event: panel Turkish film professionals

For all those who are interested in contemporary Turkish cinema we offer a special extra event, open to the public. This event takes place on Monday August 22nd in Rialto, from 2.30pm until 4pm and features three Turkish film professionals who offer interesting insights in the Turkish film industry and the audience will be given the opportunity to discuss with them. First Istanbul Independent Film Festival director and cofounder of Yeni Film Fonu (New Film Fund Non-fiction Film Support Program) Serra Ciliv will give an introduction in the latest developments in Turkish cinema. Then we host a panel discussion between Serra Ciliv, cineast Ahu Özturk (her debut Dust Cloth premiered during Berlin Film Festival earlier this year) and Müge Turan, film journalist, acclaimed film critic and involved in the Istanbul Modern and Montreal International Film Festival as co-curator).

 

Free entry as of 2pm but make sure you get tickets at the information desk due to limited seats.





  • A Short Film About Wong Kar Wai


    Harun has suddenly been abandoned by his long-time girlfriend, the woman he had hoped to marry. He wanders the...



  • Abluka (Frenzy)


    The threat of terrorist attacks is more top-of-mind than ever, especially in Turkey, which is beset by violence from...



  • Ana Yurdu (Motherland)


    In Turkey, the contrasts between the city and the countryside, between modern and traditional and between younger and older...



  • Azad


    Young Azad and his mother Sosin live in Istanbul, far away from home in the Kurdish part of Turkey....



  • Bakur (North)


    Ever since the founding of the modern Turkish Republic in 1923, the Kurds feel they have been treated like...



  • Kıyıdakiler (Coastliners)


    The EU-funded project İNKAP, aimed at increasing awareness of human rights in general and of women’s rights in Turkey...



  • Kümes (The Coop)


    In Turkey, Ufuk Bayraktar is best known as an actor, starring in films by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Iklimler), Semih...



  • Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave)


    In the international press, film reviewers have compared this debut feature film by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan to...



  • Meral, Kizim (Meral, My Girl)


    Young Meral is confined to bed due to a spinal injury. It also means that she is now stuck...



  • Remake, Remix, Rip-off


    Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman, Star Wars - you name it and there’s a...



  • Salı (Tuesday)


    Director Ziya Demirel is intrigued by chance meetings between people in large cities and the responses they elicit. On...



  • Savaş Bölgesi (War Zone)


    An originally crafted film about an ordinary day at the office, literally a war zone. There are endless copies...



  • Toz Bezi (Dust Cloth)


    In Turkey, just as everywhere, it’s more than often a case of born poor, stay poor, especially for Kurds....



  • Tuhaf Zamanlar (Weird Times)


    Though the radio reports on hate crimes against transgenders, Haldun, a middle-aged transvestite, still goes out at night to...



  • Veşartî (Hidden)


    Magically told tale in which director Ali Kemal Çınar explores the boundaries of gender identity, sexuality and roles in...