Adana, the southern Turkish province from which hail such greats of Turkish cinema as the late actor and filmmaker Yılmaz Güney and veteran actor Şener Şen, will pay tribute to its homegrown talents with a museum devoted to Turkish cinema, which will be inaugurated in September, during the city’s annual international film festival, the Altın Koza (Golden Boll), news agencies reported this week.
Final touches are currently being put on the Adana Cinema Museum, which is located in a restored historic mansion on Şeyhan Street, the Anatolia news agency reported Monday. The museum will be run by the Greater Adana Municipality. A belated effort that has been on the agenda of the city’s local administrations for decades, the museum will aim to transmit the city’s cinematic legacy to future generations.
The museum’s opening in late September is expected to draw hundreds of luminaries from the Turkish film world, many of whom will already be in town for the 18th annual Altın Koza festival, running from Sept. 17-25 this year. Bekir Sıtkı Özer, the director of the executive board of Koza AŞ, a branch of Greater Adana Municipality’s cultural office that oversees the festival, told Anatolia that the opening of the museum will be “the centerpiece of this year’s Altın Koza festival.” The new museum will “shed new light on the history of [Turkish] cinema,” he added.
Well-known Turkish screen actors Menderes Samancılar, Aytaç Arman, Salih Güney, actor and filmmaker İrfan Atasoy, film director Ali Özgentürk, singer and actress Meral Zeren, as well as legendary actor Ali Şen, the father of Şener Şen, are all natives of Adana. The province has also produced many important figures in literature, most notably the internationally acclaimed author Yaşar Kemal and the 20th century novelist Orhan Kemal.
Wax sculptures of several of these important figures will be exhibited in the new museum in addition to movie-related memorabilia such as original posters, movie props, costumes and autographed photos. The museum will also house the personal belongings of several of Adana-native screen actors, which have been donated to the museum by their relatives.
Özer said the city also plans to incorporate a small cinema in the museum that will be open throughout the year for special screenings and Q&A sessions with film professionals. “Turkey has a huge wealth of arts and culture. We want to highlight these and make a contribution to our city’s cultural tourism potential,” he said.