70 domestic productions to debut this season

‘If more films are shot in Turkey, this will make considerable contributions to the international recognition of our country, ’ Copyrights and Cinema General Director Abdurrahman Çelik says

August 25, 2009, Tuesday/ 16:43:00
After recent box office success and awards at international film festivals, Turkish films are now preparing to break new records: During the new season starting this fall, 70 films are set to open -- the highest ever number of Turkish films to debut in a season.

Copyrights and Cinema General Director Abdurrahman Çelik has said that the 10 films that earned the highest box office receipts in the country last season were all Turkish films. "This is unbelievable in terms of box office success. This was never the case before, and it is very gladdening," he said.

Çelik declared that a new record will be broken in terms of the number of films opening in a season. "About 70 films will open between September and June of next year. This will be a Turkish record. We will see how successful they will be at the box office; I hope we will see good results there," he said.

Noting that Parliament recently passed a bill to foster foreign investment in movie production, Çelik described the bill as a major step toward dealing with the sector's myriad problems. "Lowering the Value Added Tax rates will come as some sort of relief to foreign investors. But this alone will not solve the problem. In addition, some retroactive incentives should be implemented. If this can be done, four or five major films could be shot in Turkey annually," he said. He stressed that this may make Turkey one of Hollywood's premier movie location countries some five years in future.

"If more films are shot in Turkey, this will make considerable contributions to the international recognition of our country. This will in turn promote our country, with its natural and cultural assets. Given the overall economic situation in the country, it is not easy to introduce incentives. This is because implementing incentives is an exception. Perhaps we need to take possible losses into consideration. Of course, there will be greater returns than losses. This issue should be seen from this perspective. In other words, there will be both tangible and intangible gains in the form of profits and the promotion of the country," he said.

Çelik also disclosed that several major US producers are expected to come to Turkey in October. "If nothing goes wrong, I believe two big foreign films will be shot in Turkey in 2010, with a 70 percent likelihood," he added.

‘If more films are shot in Turkey, this will make considerable contributions to the international recognition of our country, ’ Copyrights and Cinema General Director Abdurrahman Çelik says

Assertive titles

Some of the Turkish films that will be screened in movie theaters this season include:

“Çıngıraklı Top” (Rattle Ball): The first film by its director, Egemen Ertürk, it tells the story of a former soccer player who becomes the coach of a soccer team of visually impaired players. Featuring İlyas Salman, İpek Özkök, Zihni Göktay, Erkan Taşdöğen and İlhan Mansız, the film will make its debut on Sept. 18.

“Sonsuz” (Eternity): Directed by Cemal Şan, this film tells the story of three cancer patients. Featuring Ferhat Gündoğdu, İsmail Hacıoğlu, Şevket Çoruh, Ayça Bingöl, Elif Sönmez, Mehmet Ali Nuroğlu, Serdar Orçin, Erdal Tosun, Rıza Kocaoğlu, Nuri Nisa Yıldırım, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Necmettin Çobanoğlu, Eray Özbal, Serap Aksoy, Volga Sorgu and Süleyman Turan, the film will make its debut on Sept. 18.

“11'e 10 Kala” (When it is 10 to 11): Directed by Pelin Esmer and featuring Nejat İşler, Mithat Esmer, Tayanç Ayaydın and Laçin Ceylan, the film will be distributed by Özen Films and screened by Sinefilm on Sept. 25. It is about the struggle fought by Mithat Bey, a passionate collector, to protect his collections when he learns that his building will be demolished by the municipality.

“Nefes” (Breath): The film tells the story of 40 soldiers who were assigned the task of protecting a relay station atop Karabal Hill, near Turkey's border with Iraq, and will make its debut on Oct. 16. An interesting trailer of the film has been circulating for some time now. It is directed by Levent Semerci.

“Çılgın Türkler-Görev Somali” (Crazy Turks -- Mission Somalia): This comedy film, directed by Murat Aslan, who is also the scriptwriter and director of "Maskeli Beşler" (The Masked Bandits), will make its debut on Nov. 27. Produced by Avşar Film, the film is among the most anticipated films of the season.

The ‘Yahşi Batı’ wind

“Yahşi Batı” (Beautiful West): Co-produced by Fida Film and CMYLMZ FikirSanat, this film is one of the most assertive films of the season. This Western comedy tells the story of two Ottoman heroes sent by the sultan of the time to the US on a mission in the late 1800s and will make its debut on Jan. 8, 2010.

Scripted by Cem Yılmaz and directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak, the film features Cem Yılmaz, Ozan Güven, Demet Evgar, Zafer Algöz, Özkan Uğur, Dilek Çelebi, Ferdi Sancar, Mazlum Çimen, Tuncay Özinel, Cansu Dere and Uğur Polat.

“Ejder Kapanı” (Dragon Trap): Produced by TMC and scripted by Kubilay Tat, the film is directed by Uğur Yücel. A detective and suspense film, it features Uğur Yücel, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu, Nejat İşler, Ceyda Düvenci and Berrak Tüzünataç. Filming started on June 15 in İstanbul, and a French team has come to Turkey to contribute to this movie. Sponsored by the İstanbul Police Department, the film will make its debut in Turkey and Europe on Jan. 22, 2010.

“Karanlıktakiler” (Those in the Dark): The film is written and directed by Çağan Irmak. Featuring Şebnem Dilligil, Rıza Akın, Merih Atalay, Durul Bazan, Savaş Akova, Pınar Töre, Gülriz Şirinyan, Hilal Özbay, Güner Özkul, Derya Alabora, Erdem Akakçe and Meral Çetinkaya, the film tells the story of Egemen, who is still living with his mother Gülseren although he is over 30 years old, in a seemingly ordinary house which in a sense conceals "a small hell" inside.

“Eyvah Eyvah” (Alas! Alas!): Produced by BKM Film, the film will make its debut on Jan. 29, 2010. The main characters of this comedy are Demet Akbağ and Ata Demirer.

‘Neşeli Hayat’ from Yılmaz Erdoğan

“Neşeli Hayat” (Merry Life): Scripted and directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan, the film features Erdoğan and Büşra Pekin in the leading roles. Also produced by BKM-Mutfak Oyuncuları, the film tells the story of Rıza, who is trying to make his life merrier.

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