Controversial film on Nursi gets İstanbul gala
Today’s Zaman
?Hür Adam? (Free Man), a movie that recounts the life of Said-i Nursi, a Muslim scholar who lived in Turkey from 1876 to 1960, was screened in İstanbul on

The modernist tradition in Turkish Islam and Said Nursi

by ŞAHİN ALPAY
Last week a film by the name of ?Hür Adam? (Free Man) started showing all over Turkey?s urban centers. This was no ordinary event because the film was about the life of Said Nursi (1978-1960), perhaps the most influential Islamic scholar and thinker of Turkey in the 20th century.

?Hür Adam: Bediüzzaman Said Nursi?

by CHARLOTTE MCPHERSON
The film ?Hür Adam: Bediüzzaman Said Nursi? is now being shown in cinemas. The tag line is a famous Said Nursi quote: ?Ekmeksiz yaşarım, hürriyetsiz yaşamam? (I can live without bread, I can?t live without freedom). In short, this describes his life.

?Free Man?: facing facts, not revenge

by HÜSEYİN GÜLERCE
At the end of the movie ?Hür Adam? (Free Man) I reflected on my emotions. I asked myself, ?What did you understand?? I understood once again that no one can do anything to someone who is protected by God and that no one can do anything to protect someone who has been abandoned by God.

Berlinale | Two Turkish Films in the Co-production Market

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Two Turkish Films in the Co-production Market

Saints “Evliya” (dir: Seyfi Teoman), Bulut Film, Turkey

Watchtower “Gozetleme Kulesi” (dir: Pelin Esmer), Sinefilm, Turkey

What did I see in the Said Nursi film?

by Mahmut Övür
Important steps have recently been taken in Turkey to confront its history. Individuals and events, whose names were unmentionable before, are now on the nation?s agenda from time to time and are being openly debated. Now we are in the midst of a debate that has started with a movie.

!f Istanbul announces nominees for film competition

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Several of the year?s most talked-about films are part of the lineup for the 10th AFM International Independent Film Festival?s !f Inspired competition.

Av Mevsimi – Saison de chasse à Strasbourg et le phénomène Hayde

from YOL (routes de Turquie et d’ailleurs) by anne

AV Mevsimi (affiche)

Av Mevsimi (Saison de chasse), le dernier film de Yavuz Turul, est actuellement à l?affiche dans les salles de Turquie. En France le cinéma l?Odyssée à Strasbourg l?a programmé à l?occasion de la quinzaine du cinéma turc, en décembre dernier . La ville et son cinéma l?Odyssée sont un peu trop loin de chez moi pour que j?aie pu y assister. Pourtant j?aurais aimé, pour la qualité de sa programmation et aussi pour manifester ma solidarité à Faruk Günaltay, le directeur de ce cinéma, qui a été la cible de cinglés nostalgiques du III Reich au début de l?automne, peu après l?ouverture de la chasse. Son véhicule a été incendié devant sa maison et la porte de sa maison maculée de croix gammées. J?ignore si depuis ces fous furieux ont été retrouvés.

Turkish director Sinan Çetin’s ‘Paper’ doesn’t cut too deep

from Hurriyet Dailynews
Filmmaker, movie mogul, commercial powerhouse and larger-than-life public persona Sinan Çetin has taken a break from making ads to return to the silver screen with ?Kağıt? (Paper), a not-so-subtle autobiographical metaphor about one man fighting bureaucracy to make a film. ?Kağıt? is the latest testament to Çetin?s contradictory stance toward the state

Movie Review: Valley of the Wolves: Palestine (Kurtlar Vadisi: Filistin)

from İstanbul Altı by Asher

?What did you think? It looks just like a Hollywood movie, right??

This was the recurring theme  whenever I talked to somebody involved in the movie. A lot more money was being plugged into the film; some US$10 million. A small Turkish town in the southeast was turned into the West Bank. Alemdar and crew were taking on an international issue, not their standard enemies that would be recognizable only to a Turkish audience. The producers were taking this one seriously, knowing that it would get  international play once it came out to theatres on 28 January.

Radikal Selections…10 Best Turkish Films of 2010

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |
Film Critics of Radikal Daily, Istanbul released the 10 best Turkish Films of the year.
Here are the selections in order by Uğur Vardan, Fatih Özgüven, Sevin Okyay, Şenay Aydemir and Erkan Aktuğ:

Radikal Selections…10 Best Turkish Films of 2010 (Part 2)

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Radikal Selections…10 Best Turkish Films of 2010 (Part 3)

Radikal Selections…10 Best Turkish Films of 2010 (Part 4)

Turkish Film Cliche Dialogues (Humor)

from Turkish Cinema Newsletter by M.A.M

güzel oldugunuz kadar küstahsiniz da.
annecigim, ben bu amcayi cok sevdim. ona baba diyebilir miyim?
bana annemi tekrar anlatir misin babacigim?
senin annen bir melekti yavrum.
neden agliyorsun annecigim?
hayir yavrum aglamiyorum. gözüme toz kaçti.
benim de senin yaslarinda bir oglum vardi evladim.
……………………………….

How Social Media Is Changing the Way Movies are Promoted

Sundance and !f Istanbul team up for international project
Today’s Zaman
Titled ?Film Forward,? the program was initiated under the incentive of US President Barack Obama, and its organizers chose İstanbul as one of its 10

Films preserved for future generations

from Hurriyet Dailynews by BALTIMORE – The Associated Press
The US Library of Congress has announced the names of 25 films, including horror classic ‘The Exorcist? and ‘The Empire Strikes Back,? that it is planning to preserve as part of its National Film Registry. The goal of the registry is not to identify the best movies ever made but to preserve films with artistic, cultural or historical significance

When Turkish cinema went international in 2010

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Last year, Turkish cinema saw a handful of films that were truly international, some of them bringing together non-Turkish directors with Turkish actors. The year 2010 was also one in which Turkish cinema began striving for more global recognition with ambitious projects taking on the world?s problems. Here is some Turkish cinema that went international

Best movie posters of 2010

Slacker Twenty Years Later

from The Criterion Current

It?s been two decades since Richard Linklater?s Slacker shook up American independent film and helped define a generation. This week, on the eve of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, journalist Mark Savlov sat down with Linklater and writer John Pierson (Spike, Mike, Slackers & Dykes) for an in-depth conversation for the Austin Chronicle about the groundbreaking movie and its tough-to-pin-down legacy. The discussion brings into sharp focus the changes that have come about, in both Austin and the indie film world, since 1991: The city then so evocatively dramatized as a regional haven for aimless bohemians with a lot to say is now a national artistic hub, home to the ever expanding South by Southwest Festival. And the effort and money it once took to make a film have been mitigated by the emergence of digital video.

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