Friday marked an important day in the history of Turkish cinema with the inauguration of the Adana Cinema Museum as part of the city’s annual international film festival, Altın Koza (Golden Boll), the Anatolia news agency reported on Thursday.
Adana is a province from which hail many greats of Turkish cinema such as the late actor and filmmaker Yılmaz Güney and veteran actor Şener Şen. The museum’s archives thus boast a comprehensive collection of artifacts and documents, including the prison letters of Güney.
According to a press statement by the organizers of the Altın Koza festival, the concept of the museum, which is located in a restored historic mansion on Seyhan Street in the city’s Tepebağ district, is to accurately chart the history of Turkish cinema and cinema in Adana to the modern day and pay tribute to its homegrown talents. The plan is that a number of mansions surrounding the museum will also be restored and added to the museum’s premises in the near future.
Amongst those paid tribute to in the museum include Adana-born greats such as artist and cinematographer Abidin Dino, internationally acclaimed authors Yaşar Kemal and Orhan Kemal, director Şahin Kaygun, well-known screen actors Menderes Samancılar, Şener Şen and Salih Güney, director Ali Özgentürk, famous painter Etem Çalışkan and author Muzaffer İzgü. Wax sculptures of several of these important figures are also exhibited in the museum in addition to movie-related memorabilia such as original posters, movie props, costumes and autographed photos as well as the personal belongings of several Adana-born screen actors. The museum also features a library hosting close to 2,000 books relating to photography and cinema art as well as a comprehensive archive of films.