Filmmakers Reviving Turkish Cinema’s Glory

by Peter D. Marshall

by Sare Selvi Ozturk.


After a 20-year golden era between the 1950s and 1970s when it produced 250 to 350 films annually and became the fifth biggest producer worldwide, Turkish cinema is experiencing something of a renaissance as a new generation of filmmakers find success on the international festival circuit. Turkish films hitting the world stage and grabbing top awards at festivals are signs that domestic cinema is expanding its influence and visibility, say critics and researchers.

This is after years of relative decline, in part fuelled by political developments and changes of regime in Turkey. Tuncer Cetinkaya, editor-in-chief of Turkish cinema magazine Modern Zamanlar, says: “The reason why Turkish films couldn’t make it to the world stage before is because of the censorship inflicted on movies in Turkey.

“Even the film ‘Dry Summer’ (Susuz Yaz), which won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin Film Festival in 1964, hardly made its way there due to political hardships in the country,” he says. Since then, the country has seen an improvement in production and quality: “Turkish cinema has improved tremendously over time.

Read the rest of this article from Daily Sabah.

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