Yunus Emre Enstitüsü
London and supported by Regent Street Cinema
Kings College London
SOAS University of London
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
T.C. Londra Büyükelçiliği
Sinema Genel Müdürlüğü
Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı
London Turkish Film Week
London Turkish Film Week is back for its 2nd iteration with over a dozen of new
features, shorts and documentaries between the 24th and 30th of April. It also
features talks and Q&As with Directors and Academics as they discuss Turkish
Film: its place in the filming world and history.
We first go to SOAS and Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London for documentaries, Let the
Kid Play and Guardian of Angels as well as a talk on Turkish Dramas with its
ever increasing popularity. Following that we go to the legendary Regent Street
Cinema for a talk on Netflix, At the Flicks or Netflix and 9 worthy Turkish
Films. The series of films start and end with the blockbusters Çiçero and
Turkish Ice Cream respectively and includes recent festival entrees and winners:
Yellow Heat, Yozgat Blues, Brothers, Halef, The Pigeon, Murtaza and Sideway.
London Turkish Film Week then continues with the free film screening of Smell of
Money at EBRD. The last day ends at Kings College London with a screening of
various short films.
London Turkish Film Weeks last event pays tribute to the late Ömer Lütfi Akad
with a screening and talk of Law of the Border, the film that marked a turning
point in Turkish Film. The talk features a discussion with Istanbul Şehir
University Professor Nezih Erdoğan and Kings College lecturer Dr Iain Robert
Smith and moderated by broadcaster Phillip Bergson.
London Turkish Film Week is organised by Yunus Emre Enstitüsü London and
supported by Regent Street Cinema , Kings College London , SOAS University of
London , European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) , Turkish
Airlines , T.C. Londra Büyükelçiliği / Turkish Embassy in London, Simit Sarayi ,
Sinema Genel Müdürlüğü and Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Kültür ve Turizm Bakanlığı.
London Turkish Film Week 2019
A rich selection of recent Turkish features, box-office hits and festival prize-winners
will be screened throughout the week. There will also be Q&A sessions moderated
by Critic and Broadcaster Phillip Bergson
Cicero - April 26th
Yellow Heat - April 27th
Yozgat Blues - April 27th
Brothers - April 27th
Halef - April 27th
The Pigeon - April 28th
Murtaza - April 28th
Sideway - April 28th
Turkish Ice Cream - April 28th
Turkish Short Films
For the penultimate event of London Turkish Film Week, we have a selection of
Turkish Short Films.
Frequency / Frekans by Ahmet Serdar Karaca
Emre is an arrogant, cheesy radio boy. In his programs, he speaks about issues
like morality, love and friendship. One day, someone connects to his radio
program by telephone. He says he took his sister hostage and if cut off the
broadcast, he will never see his sister again. He orders Emre to find an amount
of money from his friends within an hour, in live broadcast. Emre speaks about
friendship too much; and because of that, the blackmailer is intent on showing
Emres distorted friendships in the live broadcasts.
Ahmet Serdar Karaca was born in Denizli, 1991. He graduated from Samsun Social
Sciences High School in 2010 and entered Istanbul Sehir University Cinema and
Television department as a full scholarship. He made acting in various theatre
plays and short films. He directed also cinematography in many short films. "Frequency"
is his first short.
The Stranger / Yabancı by Üsame Sekizkardeş
Ibrahim (12) is introverted but very curious about nature. He walks in the
gardens and woodlands and asks his father what he has just discovered. Mustafa
(40) is a factory worker, a father who loves and watches his family. Mustafa
enjoys responding to what Ibrahim asked him. One day, Ibrahim finds an object
unknown to anyone. Mustafa, who does not know what it is, tries to slur over
Ibrahim first. But the idea of the mother, asking the new teacher to the town,
makes Mustafa nervous. Mustafa starts to be hostile to the teacher who is said
to be "new to the town". Mustafa is even more annoyed with every view of the new
teacher who has forgotten his hat in the town coffee house. Mustafa's relations
with Ibrahim and his mother, which have been stretched from day to day, will
gradually deteriorate. Ibrahim, however, decides to preserve the peacefulness of
his family by finding out what the object is.
Üsame Sekizkardeş was born in Istanbul in 1994. He completed his primary,
secondary and high school education in Istanbul. In 2012, he started his
university education at Istanbul Sehir University Cinema and Television
department. In May 2017 he graduated from Istanbul Sehir University. He is also
interested in advertising, documentary journalism and photography. He worked as
a director, cameraman and editing director in various fiction and documentary
short film projects within and outside of university education. "The Stranger"
is the director's first fiction short movie.
Taha Reis by Abdullah Enes Ünal
In The Black Sea where the fishing season is very challenging, 19 years old Taha
makes his living from the sea. He has always faced these difficulties since his
childhood. Following the steps of his father, Taha met with the sea when he was
13 years old and continued his journey even after his father retired. His
passion towards to the sea and fishing made him experienced enough to become a
captain and buy his own fishing vessel. A young man at the age of Taha was
accepted as Captain by his elders in the harbour and they wanted to sail with
him. With the pressure from his family, Taha has barely finished his high school
education and he has no intention to continue his studies in the future. Which
removes the only obstacle on his way between the sea and him. Taha continues to
his journey with full of courage and passion, he prepares his vessel and
equipments carefully to overcome any difficulty which he might face during the
Abdullah Enes Ünal was born in Istanbul, January 1995. In 2012, he has graduated
from Kagithane Anatolian İmam Hatip High School and started to his graduate
studies in İstanbul Şehir University, Cinema and Television department. In 2018,
he has finished his graduate study and currently continues his intern on video
Snow Flakes / Kar Taneleri by Elif Nur Kayalar
Kar Taneleri (Snow Flakes) is a documentary about people with albinism living in
Turkey. For albino people, albinism is a determinant for their lives rather than
a genetic condition. Their social relations, personal affairs, and education
lives are affected by albinism. This documentary contains interviews with albino
people and their parents from different parts of Turkey. Being the parent of a
child with albinism is differs from being a spouse of an albino person. While
they mention their unique experiences, the role of the state and the position of
Albinism Association, Turkey comes into prominence.
Elif Kayalar was born in Ankara in 1994. She spent her childhood in Ankara. In
2012, having graduated from high school, she began studying cinema and
television at Istanbul Sehir University. She started a double major in the
department of sociology. She took part in different student films. In 2017, she
completed her first documentary Kar Taneleriwhich she directed and produced. The
film has achieved notable successes throughout the festivals. Kayalar is
currently working for a digital media agency. She continues her independent film
A Spirits Flight/Can Kuşu by Abdullah Şahin
Zeliha and Cevat are an old couple in an Anatolian village. They are always
arguing each other. Zeliha cannot drink tap water. She only can drink a specific
kind of water which his husband carry from a natural water spring outside of the
village every day. One night due to Cevat forgot to bring the water, they start
to argue. Cevat gives her promise to bring the water in the morning. But at
night the wife dies. After his wife death, Cevat struggles to live and suffers
from insomnia. He will not be able to sleep unless he sees his wife for the last
Abdullah Şahin was born in Istanbul in 1987 and graduated from Istanbul Şehir
Universitys Cinema and Television department. He is doing his master degree in
the same field.
Waiting For The Rain / Yağmuru Beklerken by Burhan Hatinoğlu and Selma Şirin
The story of a father and his son
Burhan Hatinoglu was born in 1993 in Istanbul. He is a senior student at
Istanbul Sehir University in the Faculty of Communication Cinema and Television
Department. Now he is running his own short film projects.
Selma Şirin was born in İzmir, 1991. She graduated from Istanbul Sehir
University at Communication Faculty Cinema and Television Department in 2017.
Now, she is working at a private organization company and welfare association.
On the other hand, she is running her own short film and documentary projects
12 Hours /12 Saat by Ercan Selim Öngöz
An old man who lives alone knew that the clock ticked faster for him with every
passing second. He finished his final preparations for which he cared so deeply.
He was finally ready. He stood still for a moment. The reason for his tears was
not because his time came to an end. You will see for yourself "what it means to
meet your death before you die.
Ercan Selim Öngöz finished Trabzon Technical High School and graduated as an IT
teacher from Gazi University Faculty of Industrial Arts Education in 1999. The
same year he was appointed to Giresun Technical and Industrial Vocational High
School. He currently teaches in the same school, teaching Information Technology.
Date And Time
Tue, 30 April 2019
16:00 18:00 BST
King's College London
Arthur and Paula Lucas Lecture Theatre