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 15 May 2011 Sun 08:38 pm

Restored Turkish film shown at Cannes

Yılmaz Güney is starring in ´Hudutların Kanunu.´


Yılmaz Güney is starring in ´Hudutların Kanunu.´

The “ugly king” of Turkish cinema, Yılmaz Güney, who won the Golden Palm in Cannes in 1982 for the film “Yol” (The Road), was once again at the festival after 29 years.

The celebration of the director Ömer Lütfi Akad’s film “Hudutların Kanunu” (Border Law), which was made in 1966 and restored with the contributions of the world-renowned Turkish director Fatih Akın, was shown on Saturday at the 64th Cannes Film Festival. Starring Güney, it is one of the most important films in Turkish cinema.

Speaking to daily Hürriyet, Akın said Güney was the greatest name of Turkish cinema and he followed in his footsteps. “Güney’s life is too complicated, just like Shakespeare. He draws my attention,” he said.

Akın said he restored the film with financial support from Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Fund. “Martin Scorsese has offered me the opportunity to restore a film from Turkey and I chose ‘Hudutların Kanunu.’”

Akın said he would dedicate himself to restoring films. “We have lots of valuable old films. They call me a young director in Cannes but I love classical cinema and want to continue with this style.”

 

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3785 posts
 19 May 2011 Thu 08:42 pm

Granddaughter recalls the Polish Jew who designed Atatürk´s hats

 

Polish Jew Adolf Loker was the designer of the revolutionary hats of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Turkish Republic. Documents and photos about Atatürk that Loker was keeping in his safe were destroyed during the Sept 6-7, 1955 events. Loker´s granddaughter Mari Loker-Gormezano, a deputy candidate from the Republican People´s Party, or CHP, says: ´I grew up as an admirer of Atatürk; this is not a thing that was imposed´
Jewish Mari Loker-Gormezano is a candidate for the CHP, a party founded by Atatürk. ´I follow in the footsteps of my grandfather,´ she says. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

Jewish Mari Loker-Gormezano is a candidate for the CHP, a party founded by Atatürk. ´I follow in the footsteps of my grandfather,´ she says. DAILY NEWS photo, Hasan ALTINIŞIK

The switch from the fez to Western-style hats was one of the most visible changes brought by the foundation of the Turkish Republic after the destruction of the Ottoman Empire. As for the architect of this “dress code revolution,” Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, he had his hats designed by Adolf Loker, a Polish Jew from a long line of hat makers.

The best known of these hats was the one Atatürk wore during his visit to the Black Sea city of Kastamonu in 1925 – a hat that today is on display at the former assembly building in Ankara, according to Loker’s granddaughter, Mari Loker-Gormezano.

 

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3785 posts
 22 May 2011 Sun 09:24 pm

Turkish cultural bridges to Romania grow with TV series

Silvana Rachieru, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute, became interested in Turkish culture during her university years. Over the last five years, she has witnessed the growing interest in Romanian culture in Turkey and vice versa, a phenomenon that has been aided by the popularity of Turkish soaps in Romania

Romania has retained strong commercial and diplomatic ties with Turkey since the Balkan gained independence in 1878, yet it comes as a surprise to learn of the increasing popularity of Turkish soap operas aired on Romanian TV. Providing a portal into the Turkish way of life and language, such soaps have led to a gradual increase in the number of tourists visiting the country.

“Turkish series are very popular in Romania. [Private channel] Kanal D has three or four Turkish series. It was interesting to see the Romanians’ reactions – they have started to learn a few words in Turkish and to learn about the customs,” Silvana Rachieru, the director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Turkey, recently told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.

 

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 22 Jun 2011 Wed 01:30 pm

Turkish drama takes top prizes in Shanghai

Nilüfer Açıkalın stars in the award-winning film.


Nilüfer Açıkalın stars in the award-winning film.

A Turkish drama about an immigrant from Macedonia coping with the death of her mother and her grieving father, has clinched the top prize at China’s top international film festival.

Organizers of the Shanghai International Film Festival announced late Sunday that Orhan Oğuz’s “Hayde Bre” won the Golden Goblet for best feature film. The jury led by “Rain Man” director Barry Levinson said in a statement it was impressed by Oğuz’s “stark, honest, unflinching look at a mother dealing with a modern world and her separation from her rural background.”

The jury added the movie was “effective, sometimes disturbing, but always true to its intentions.”

The leading man in the film, Şevket Emrulla, also took the award for the best actor, his performance being described by the jury as “just perfect, simple but full of meaning.”

The other members of the jury were British screenwriter Christopher Hampton, Japanese director Yoichi Sai, French-Vietnamese filmmaker Tran Anh Hung, Chinese director Wang Quanan, Spanish actress

 

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3785 posts
 02 Jul 2011 Sat 09:46 am

Children of Lausanne reunite in Ankara photo exhibition

Stratos Efthymiou is a Greek diplomat working in Turkey since 2007. Also as a prolific photographer, he recently developed a special interest in the family roots of his grandparents. The result is a photography exhibition, ‘The Children of Lausanne’
‘The Children of Lausanne,’ by Greek diplomat Stratos Efthymiou can be seen until July 8 at Ankara’s Galeri Kara.

‘The Children of Lausanne,’ by Greek diplomat Stratos Efthymiou can be seen until July 8 at Ankara’s Galeri Kara.

The result of diligent research into the human legacy of the Greek-Turkish population exchange in the 1920s, “The Children of Lausanne,” a rich collection of photographs of people affected by the event, opens today in Ankara.

In the wake of World War I, up to 2 million Greek-Orthodox people and Muslims were forced to leave their homes and settle in Greece and Turkey, respectively, during and after what the Turks call The War of Liberation and what the Greeks call the Asia Minor Catastrophe of the early 1920s.

The Lausanne Convention on the exchange of populations of early 1923 formalized this process. Among the Greeks who left Turkey were Loukia Elmaloglu, Stratos Efthymoglu and Ariadni Evrenezoglu, who had to abandon their homes in the western Turkish town of Isparta in October 1922 and Panagiotis Patsalides, a man from the southern Turkish town of Antalya.

 

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