Turkish

Cryptic conception drama begs for clarity.
SUNDANCE: The lower echelons of the Sundance awards, handed out this past Saturday in Park City, are famously inscrutable. Even after watching Can, the Turkish entry in the World Dramatic Competition, I have no idea what might have clinched it as...
A fitting finale to a poetic trilogy.
On the most obvious level Semih Kaplanoğlu’s slow yet beautifully poetic film, which won the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, is about the close relationship of a small boy called Yusuf (Bora Altas) and his beekeeper father in a...
Ambiguity a casualty in political thriller.
Turkish director Zübeyr ÅžaÅŸmaz’s ultra-violent, brazenly-commercial contemporary war story is a pulsating, riveting film; its very best bits are inspired by politically-charged Western action cinema both good (Paul Greengrass’ Bourne films and...
Tremendous storytelling.
The Edge of Heaven won the prize for Best Screenplay at last years Cannes Film Festival, and deservedly so. Writer-Director Fatih Akin presents us with a complicated tapestry of human emotions and misunderstandings. Moving effortlessly between...
A beautiful and eloquent portrayal of the migrant experience.
A Touch of Spice is a grand and eloquent production. Director Boulmetis incorporates computer graphics to convincingly recreate historical sequences. Three actors take on the role of Fanis. The most touching of all is the youngest, played with...
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