Sadly watching Johnny Got His Gun, that inspired Metallica’s One… got his gun (1971)

Johnny Got His Gun Poster

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed in a fate worse than death — a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms… See full summary »

and a cinema roundup:

A Son?s Quest, With Nature as a Guide

With ?Bal? (?Honey?), the Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu enables the lush mountain forests of Rize Province, near the Black Sea, to express what its young protagonist cannot.

‘Saç,’ ‘Press’ sweep prizes at İstanbul film festival
Today’s Zaman
And so the İstanbul International Film Festival comes to an end after two weeks of running between the cinemas of Beyoğlu and, of course, Rexx — the only festival theater on the Asian side and, in my personal opinion, the best one after the historic

Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s new film to compete at Cannes

by ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires
The newest movie by world-renowned Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan is among 19 films in the running for this year?s top prize at the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

30 years of Istanbul Film Festival boosts Turkish cinema
Hurriyet Daily News
The Istanbul International Film Festival turns 30 this year. The 30th year of the festival is celebrated during a special event with the presentation of awards to people who have served the festival for many years. The Emek Movie Theater

Yasemin Şamdereli and Nesrin Şamdereli

by M.A.M

Turkish cinema’s Yeşilçam awards point to better future

Hürriyet Daily News
The fourth Yeşilçam Awards were handed out Monday night after a week of cinema and art. The winner of the night was director Seren Yüze’s movie ‘Çoğunluk,’ which left his imprint on the award show, winning the most prestigious categories and taking home four awards. The second grand winner was ‘Av Mevsimi,’ which also triumphed in four categories

The 30th Istanbul Film Festival Has Started with a Memorable Opening Ceremony


Dostoevsky’s cult short novel inspires director

by Hürriyet Daily News
Award-winning Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz will bring Dostoevsky?s ‘Notes from Underground’ to the silver screen under the name ‘Yeraltı’ (Underground). The filming takes place in Ankara. According to Demirkubuz, the movie is an exploration of the life that we are bound to live physically and our inner world. The leading actor in the movie, Engin Günaydın, says: ‘Humans will be happy once they realize they are in the underground. I found myself with this movie’


At Istanbul Festival, Foreign and Homegrown Films

by M.A.M

Mavi Boncuk |
At Istanbul Festival, Foreign and Homegrown Films By SUSANNE FOWLER
March 27, 2011, NY Times

On April 2, the curtain rises on the 30th annual Istanbul Film Festival, offering two weeks of nearly nonstop screenings of Hollywood blockbusters, Oscar winners and international box office hits at seven theaters around town. But for visitors, the festival is also a rare chance to see Turkish films with English subtitles.

Shadows, faces and long-forgotten neighbors dominate new Turkish film

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ANKARA – Hürriyet Daily News
Like his other films, Turkish Cypriot filmmaker Derviş Zaim takes a motif from traditional Turkish arts, the Karagöz shadow play, and incorporates it into his heartbreaking tale of the origin of inter-communal clashes between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus. ?Shadows and Faces? is a sad film that knows that peace doesn?t appear likely to appear anytime soon


Historic film for Armenians, Kurds making Istanbul debut

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Armenian director Hamo Beknazarian?s film ?Zare? holds a unique place in history as the first film for both Armenian and Kurdish cinema. The silent film from 1926, which features a tragic love story in a Yezidi village, will be screened as part of the !f Istanbul International Film Festival Saturday and will be accompanied by Kurdish harpist Tara Jaff 

Turkey’s movie industry seeks firm foothold

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
Turkey?s rapidly growing movie sector should be considered as a ?strategic industry? in economic and socio-cultural aspects, according to a survey released Friday. 

Awarding the most sexist in Turkish cinema

from Hurriyet Dailynews by ISTANBUL – Hürriyet Daily News
In its third year, the Golden Okras will be handed out for films, screenplays, and male and female characters that display the ideal representations of a male-dominated view and sexist representations of women. Here?s a look at this year?s top contenders

Kurdish films featured at !f in Istanbul
Hurriyet Daily News
The category brings to Istanbul audiences a selected number of films from Kurdish cinema, a very young cinema that is still trying to find its voice. ?Last year, there were films from Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Europe, with a reaction from the audience

SIYAD Turkish Cinema Awards 2011

from Mavi Boncuk by M.A.M

Erdem?s film grabbed five awards — including best film and best director — at the 43rd annual SİYAD Awards, handed out at a ceremony at İstanbul?s Türker İnanoğlu Maslak Show Center, which was also broadcast live on the Digiturk channel Turkmax.

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