2015 Turkish Film Festival will screen in Sydney (16 to 18 April) at Dendy Newtown and in Melbourne (23 – 26 April) at ACMI Cinemas.
The Festival will continue its tradition of highlighting contemporary Turkish cinema and Turkish film makers with Australian premiers of a selection of Turkey’s most recent films and Festival guests.
‘As our two nations commemorate the ANZAC centenary, we also come together to acknowledge our cultural and historic ties, and to build future relationships between filmmakers and industry stakeholders from Turkey and Australia.’The Festival opens with action-packed historical romance Last Letter (Son Mektup) from writer, producer and director Özhan Eren. Set in Gallipoli during WWI, Last Letter follows the budding romance between a pilot and a nurse who were originally brought together to save a young orphan boy during an English air raid. Leading lady of Turkish cinema Nesrin Cavadzade plays the role off Nurse Nihal. Cavadzade received the best actress award at the 2014 Antalya Film Festival.Considered an expert on the Caucasus Campaign of WWI, Özhan Eren is the author of the best-selling novel The Road to Sarikamis, which led him to making the box-office success 120. He will be appearing at the Festival’s opening night screening and celebrations along with Turkish singer Yonca Lodi who will perform the film’s title song Until Eternity.Turkish romance continues on the big screen with veteran director Nesli Colgecen’s latest offering Let the Band Play (Calsin Sazlar). Colgecen, whose award-winning films include The Broken Landlord and Selamsiz Band, will be attending the screening along with his leading man Caner Cindoruk – a well-known Turkish actor who has recently finished filming the popular TV series Between You and Me.Offering a further example of the Turkish-Australian connection, the film’s female star Belcim Bilgin is married to Yilmaz Erdogan, who won the AACTA for best supporting actor in The Water Diviner. The pair is considered the power couple of Turkish cinema.
The cinematic delights of Turkish romance and comedy are also on display with Mix Tape (Karisik Kaset) and Once Upon a Time (Bir varmis bir Yokmus) starring Melisa Sozen who played the lead in 2014 Palme D’Or winner Winter Sleep.
Family drama and coming-of-age stories round out the program with Until I Lose My Breath (Nefesim Kesilene Kadar) and the uplifting adventure Snow Pirates (Kar Korsanlar), which had its world premiere in the Generation programme of the 65th Berlin Film Festival.
The 2015 Turkish Film Festival is presented with the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry and Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cinema.