3rd Annual Turkish Film Festival
Exploring Istanbul: the City on Two Continents

Exploring Istanbul
the City on Two Continents

September 29- October 1, 2006
Harkins Valley Art Theatre

3rd Annual Turkish Film Festival is made possible by a generous grant from Turkish Cultural Foundation & Moon and Stars Project.


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Exploring Istanbul
the City on Two Continents

September 29- October 1, 2006
Harkins Valley Art Theatre

All screenings will be held at:
Harkins Valley Art Theatre
505 South Mill Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 446-7272
Click here for map and directions

Tickets: $10 regular admission, $8 student & senior admission at the
theater box office.

Buy a Festival Pass and save money:
3 movie pass ($27 regular admission, $21 student/senior),
5 movie pass ($45 regular admission, $35 student/senior).
Please contact info@bosphorusartproject.org or (480)759-1619 for advanced pass and ticket purchases.

2006 Festival Catalog (pdf document)

Tentative Schedule:
Sept. 29, Friday, 7 pm: Facing Windows/Karsi Pencere
Sept. 30, Saturday, 4 pm: Crossing the Bridge: Sounds of Istanbul
(followed by Q&A by Fred Linch and Ted Solis)
Sept. 30, Saturday, 7 pm: A Touch of Spice/Bir Tutam Baharat
(followed by Q&A by Fred Linch, executive director of the Jewish Film Festival)
Oct. 1, Sunday, 2 pm: Organized Jobs/Organize Isler
Oct. 1, Sunday, 4:30 pm: Istanbul Tales/ Anlat Istanbul (followed by
Q&A, folkdance performances, live music performance and Turkish buffet &
drinks- free with any festival screening attendance)

Karsi Pencere / La Finestra di Fronte / Facing Window

2003, 106 minutes
35 mm, color; Italian with English subtitles

September 29, Friday, 7:00 pm

Directed by Ferzan Özpetek
Screenplay by Ferzan Özpetek and Gianni Romoli
Cinematography by Gianfilippo Corticelli
Edited by Patrizio Marone
Music by Andrea Guerra
Produced by Gianni Romoli and Tilde Corsi
Featuring Giovanna Mezzogiorno, Massimo Girotti, Raoul Bova, Filippo Nigro, Serra Yilmaz

Giovanna's working-class life, which is founded on a stagnant marriage in a hassled apartment dwelling and the burden of being the main breadwinner of the family despite her toilsome job at a poultry processing plant, is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of an elderly amnesiac into her household. Her initial anxiety turns to increasing fascination with the enigmatic man as she cooperates with her neighbor Lorenzo, an affluent and handsome bachelor whom she voyeuristically fantasizes about, to gradually unveil clues to the mystery of his past. Consumed by the revelation of the secrets she pursues and her attraction to Lorenzo alike, Giovanna realizes that her life is at emotional crossroads. Facing Window (Karsi Pencere) ingeniously interweaves complex sentiments and reflection with the element of suspense to create a multi-layered narrative out of seemingly random incidents.

From Fatih Özgüven

Facing Window is Ferzan Özpetek's bittersweet tribute to Italian cinema and recent Italian history. Özpetek started his film career with the highly succesful Hammam or Il Bango Turco and went on to pursue 'the Italian connection' already present in that film in Rome, with exclusively Roman themes. Facing Window is his most accomplished and intimate film to date; here the director combines his penchant for aestheticism with a sense of the fragility of personal fates past and present. A young suburban housewife in Rome meets an old man, a 'master confectioner' and they become friends in an unlikely sort of way. What brings them together is a certain sense of disillusionment. The colorful display of cakes and the making of them in one scene of Facing Window is a metaphor for the whole film. Life, it seems, is beautifully cake-like in its display of everyday happiness and what we make of it in spite of an underlying sense of tragedy. The part of the confectioner is played with great understatement by the Italian actor Massimo Girotti, who has acted in such masterpieces as Luchino Visconti's Ossessione and Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema.

Festivals and Awards

2006 Lunel Mediterranean Cinema Week (France)
2005 Villerupt Italian Film Festival (France): Amilcar Press Award
2005 European Cinema in Transition (USA)
2004 The National Board of Review Award for Special Recognition for Excellence in Filmmaking (USA)
2004 Mexico City International Contemporary Film Festival (Mexico)
2004 Palm Springs International Film Festival (USA)
2004 Seagate Foyle Film Festival (UK): Best Feature Film Award
2004 Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival (USA): Audience Award
2004 Flanders International Film Festival (Belgium): Canvas Audience Award
2004 St. Petersburg International Festival of Festivals (Russia)
2004 Open Roads: New Italian Cinema (USA)
2004 Shanghai International Film Festival (China)
2004 Seattle International Film Festival (USA): Golden Space Needle Audience Award for Best Film
2004 Hong Kong International Film Festival (Hong Kong)
2004 Philadelphia Film Festival (USA)
2004 Singapore Italian Film Festival (Singapore)
2004 Tokyo Italian Film Festival (Japan)
2004 Miami International Film Festival (USA)
2004 Bangkok International Film Festival (Thailand): Golden Kinnaree Award for Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno)
2004 The Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists Silver Ribbon Award for Best Original Story, Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno) and Best Song (Italy)
2003 David di Donatello Italian Academy Awards for Best Film, Best Actor (Massimo Girotto), Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno), Best Music, and Scholars Jury Award for Best Direction (Italy)
2003 International Film Festival Bratislava (Slovakia)
2003 Stockholm International Film Festival (Sweden)
2003 European Union Film Festival (Poland)
2003 Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier (France)
2003 Copenhagen International Film Festival (Denmark)
2003 São Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil)
2003 Bergen International Film Festival (Norway)
2003 Italian Film Festival (Australia)
2003 London Film Festival (UK)
2003 Galway Film Fair (Ireland)
2003 Jerusalem Film Festival (Israel)
2003 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Czech Republic): Crystal Globe Award for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno)
2003 Flaiano Film Festival (Italy): Flaiano Award for Best Supporting Actress (Serra Y?lmaz) and Audience Award for Best Actress (Giovanna Mezzogiorno)

Ferzan Özpetek

Born in Istanbul, Ferzan Özpetek moved to Italy in 1977 to study cinema, art history, and directing at the La Sapienza University, the Academy of Navona, and the Silvio D'Amico Academy of Dramatic Arts, respectively, in Rome. After collaborating with Julian Beck and the Living Theatre Company, he started working as an assistant director with Massimo Troisi and Maurizio Ponzi. His films have been screened at several prestigious festivals such as Cannes, Toronto, Palm Spring, London, and Berlin. Kar?? Pencere (Facing Windows) is his fourth feature film.


1997 Hamam / Il Bagno Turco / Steam: The Turkish Bath
1999 Harem Suare / Harem Soirée
2001 Cahil Periler / Le Fate Ignoranti / The Ignorant Fairies (a.k.a. His Secret Life)
2003 Karsi Pencere / La Finestra di Fronte / Facing Windows
2005 Kutsal Yürek / Cuore Sacro / Sacred Heart

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Istanbul Hatirasi / Crossing the Bridge-
The Sound of Istanbul

2005, 92 minutes
35 mm, color
Turkish with English subtitles

September 30, Saturday, 4:00 pm, Q&A by Fred Linch & Prof. Ted Solis (ASU)

Directed by Fatih Akin
Screenplay by Fatih Akin
Cinematography by Hervé Dieu
Edited by Andrew Bird
Music by Alexander Hacke, Baba Zula, Orient Expressions, Duman, Replikas, Erkin Koray, Ceza, Istanbul Style Breakers, Mercan Dede, Selim Sesler, Brenna MacCrimmon, Siyasiyabend, Aynur,
Orhan Gencebay, Müzeyyen Senar, Sezen Aksu
Produced by Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel, Sandra Harzer-Kux, Christian Kux

Alexander Hacke, a member of the German avantgarde band "Einstürzende Neubauten" for more than twnety years, first came into contact with Istanbul and its music while producing the score for the movie Head-on (Duvara Karsi). A lover of experimenting with sound, Hacke roams the streets of Istanbul with his mobile recording studio and "magic mike" to capture the musical diversity of Istanbul. His voyage leads to the discovery of a broad spectrum ranging from modern electronic, rock and hip-hop right down to classical "arabesque". As he wanders through this seductive world, Hacke collects impressions and tracks by artists such as neo-psychedelic band Baba Zula, fusion DJs Orient Expressions, rock groups Duman and Replikas, maverick rocker Erkin Koray, Ceza (Turkey's answer to Public Enemy), breakdance performers Istanbul Style Breakers, digital dervish Mercan Dede, renowned clarinetist Selim Sesler, Canadian folk singer Brenna MacCrimmon, street performers Siyasiyabend, Kurdish singer Aynur, Orhan Gencebay (the "Elvis of arabesque"), and legendary divas Müzeyyen Senar and Sezen Aksu. Hacke's home base is the venerable Büyük Londra Oteli (Grand Hotel de Londres) in Istanbul's district of Beyo?lu. From here he wanders through an alien, contradictory, lively, and seductive world, collecting impressions and tracks, drifting along in the unstoppable stream of this mega city of myriad facets. Fatih Akin accompanies him with his camera and shoots a portrait of Istanbul where music suffuses every part of the city, and is dearly loved by all of its inhabitants.

From Fatih Özgüven

Fatih Akin's Crossing the Bridge can best be described as a music fan's stroll through Istanbul. The film brings together all kinds musicians and music making in a collage-like docudrama; street musicians, avant-garde groups, rappers, legendary singers and classics. What emerges is not only a sense of the vibrancy and diversity of today's Turkish music scene but also a sort of cultural patchwork. Music in Turkey today more than any art form reflects the country's conflicting desires, aspirations and many moods. Akin's alter ego in the film, Alexander Haacke from the German group 'Einstürzende Neubauten' goes around in the city collecting sights and sounds trying to make sense of it all. The same goes for Fatih Akin, a Turkish- German director, who is full of fascination and wonder when it comes to not only Turkish music but almost everything Turkish. In Crossing the Bridge he brings together music and images with an energy that is his forte and reflects on the Turkish scene once again.

Festivals and Awards

2005 Cannes International Film Festival (France): Official Selection out of Competition

Fatih Akin

Fatih Akin was born in 1973 in Hamburg of Turkish parentage. He began studying Visual Communications at Hamburg College of Fine Arts in 1994. In 1995, he wrote and directed his first short feature, You're The One! (Sensin!), which received the Audience Award at the International Short Film Festival Hamburg. His second short film, Weed (Getürkt), received several national and international awards. His first full-length feature film, Short Sharp Shock (Kisa ve Acisiz) won the Bronze Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival, and the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director in 1998. Short Sharp Shock was followed by the road movie In July (Temmuzda), and the emigration drama Solino. His latest feature, Head-On (Duvara Karsi), won top honors at the Berlin International Film Festival, marking the first time in eighteen years that a German entry has taken home the Golden Bear for Best Film. Last year, his latest documentary, Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul (Istanbul Hatirasi), was presented at the Cannes Film Festival out of competition.


1995 Sensin! (Kisa) / Du bists es! / You're The One! (Short)
1997 Getürkt / Weed (short)
1998 Kisa ve Acisiz / Kurz und Schmerzlos / Short Sharp Shock
2000 Denk ich an Deutschland - Wir haben vergessen zurückzukehren / I Think About Germany - We Forgot to Go Back (documentary)
2000 Temmuzda / Im Juli / In July
2002 Solino
2004 Visions of Europe (segment)
2004 Duvara Karsi / Gegen die Wand / Head-On
2005 Crossing the Bridge-The Sound of Istanbul (documentary) / Istanbul Hatirasi (belgesel)

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Bir Tutam Baharat / Politiki Kouzina / A Touch of Spice

2003, 108 minutes
35mm, color; English, Greek and Turkish with English subtitles

September 30, Saturday, 7:00 pm, Q&A by Fred Linch

Directed by Tassos Boulmetis
Screenplay by Tassos Boulmetis
Cinematography by Takis Zervoulakos
Edited by Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Music by Evanthia Reboutsika
Produced by Harry Antonopoulos, Robert Kirby, Lily Papadopoulos, Dionyssis Samiotis, Artemis Skouloudi
Featuring Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, Renia Louizidou, Stelios Mainas, Tamer Karadagli, Basak Köklükaya, Tassos Bandis

A Touch of Spice (Bir Tutam Baharat) is a story about a young Greek boy, Fanis, growing up in his grandfather's spice shop in Istanbul. His grandfather, an expert on the philosophy of cooking, teaches Fanis that, as food requires spices to be tasteful, life also needs to be spiced up a little bit to be enjoyable and worthwhile. While Fanis discovers the secrets of cooking, he falls in love with a girl who adds his life "a touch of spice." When he is forced to move to Greece with his family, he loses touch with the girl and keeps little contact with his grandfather. Fanis grows up to become an excellent cook and uses his cooking skills to spice up the lives of those around him. However, his life loses its taste. 35 years later, he leaves Athens and travels back to his birthplace of Istanbul to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; to search for the spice that he's been longing for.

Festivals and Awards

2003 Thessaloniki Film Festival (Greece): Audience Award (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Cinematography (Takis Zervoulakos), Best Director (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Editing (Yorgos Mavropsaridis), Best Fiction Film (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Music (Evanthia Reboutsika), Best Screenplay (Tassos Boulmetis), Best Set Design (Olga Leontiadou), Best Sound (Dimitris Athanassopoulos), Greek Union of Film and Television Technicians Award (Tassos Boulmetis)

Tassos Boulmetis

Tassos Boulmetis was born in Istanbul in 1957. He moved to Greece in 1964. He studied Physics in the University of Athens and Film Production. Later on, he studied Direction in the University of California (UCLA) with a scholarship from the Onassis Foundation. During his studies in California, he also worked as an assistant. When he moved back to Greece, he started his career as a director/producer of TV shows in national television channels. He was the co-producer and scriptwriter of the short film The Dream Factory, which acquired 8 awards in Greece and the Golden Award of Fantastic Movies in Houston Festival. Since 1988, he's been directing TV spots, and has specialized in Special Effects and Processing of Electronic Images.


1990 Viotechnia Oniron / The Dream Factory (short)
2003 Bir Tutam Baharat / Politiki Kouzina / A Touch of Spice

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Organize Isler / Organized Jobs

2005, 106 minutes
35 mm, color; Turkish with English subtitles

October 1, Sunday, 2:00 pm

Directed by Yilmaz Erdogan
Screenplay by Yilmaz Erdogan
Cinematography by Ugur Içbak
Edited by Mustafa Presheva
Music by Ozan Çolakoglu
Produced by Necati Akpinar
Featuring Yilmaz Erdogan, Tolga Çevik, Demet Akbag, Altan Erkekli, Özgü Namal, Basak Köklükaya, Erdal Tosun, Tuncer Salman, Öner Erkan, Ebru Akel, Berfin Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz, Salih Kalyon, Cezmi Baskin, Berrak Tüzünataç

In his latest film, Yilmaz Erdogan sets his stage amongst magnificent, cutting edge shots of Istanbul, the capital of complicated dealings, where the culpable and the innocent mingle in the streets.

In the inevitable grand scheme of organized crime, there are always winners and losers; one should be careful about accepting help when the trusted faces are clouded in mist. Now lost within the workings of that great churning machine of darkness is Superman, a suicidal comic who gets inescapably entangled in this hellish web.

Taking on the lead role as well as the writing and directing credits, Yilmaz Erdogan brings lives from the fringes to the screen with the help of a talented supporting cast.

Yilmaz Erdogan

Born in Hakkari in 1967, Yilmaz Erdogan, he cut his education in civil engineering at Istanbul Technical University short to follow his passion for theater. After working at Ferhan Sensoy's Nöbetçi Tiyatrosu he took on the task of chief writer at Levent Kirca's long-running television sketch show, Olacak O Kadar. Erdogan took his theatrical work to the next level when he opened the Besiktas Cultural Center (BKM) with his business partner Necati Akpinar. It was at BKM that he wrote Bir Demet Tiyatro, a television show in which he shared the lead with Demet Akbag. "Mükremin Abi", the character he created for the series, introduced him to viewers of all generations. Since then, Yilmaz Erdogan has written and acted in various plays and musicals, which reached enormous popularity, including his one-man show, Cebimdeki Kelimeler. The multi-talented Erdogan has also recorded a poetry album called, Kayip Kentin Yakisiklisi, which includes seventeen poems accompanied by traditional ethnic melodies from Turkey as composed by Metin Kalender, Nizamettin Ariç and Ali Aykaç. In 2001, Y?lmaz Erdo?an translated his success and popularity in theater and television into an equally impressive achievement in film with Vizontele, which he wrote, directed and acted in. The sequel, Vizontele Tuuba was shot in 2004, where he also took on the title of producer. His latest film, Organize Isler (Organized Jobs), garnered great attention and has verified Yilmaz Erdogan's position as one of the most prolific and impressive talents in Turkey.


2001 Vizontele
2004 Vizontele Tuuba
2005 Organize Isler / Organized Jobs

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Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

2005, 100 minutes
35 mm, color; Turkish with English subtitles

October 1, Sunday, 4:30 pm, Q&A by Fred Linch (Executive Director of the Phoenix Jewish Film Festival) & Aydin Bal

Directed by Ümit Ünal, Kudret Sabanci, Selim Demirdelen, Yücel Yolcu and Ömür Atay
Screenplay by Ümit Ünal
Cinematography by Mehmet Aksin
Edited by Niko
Music by Gökhan Kirdar
Produced by Erol Avci
Featuring Altan Erkekli, Azra Akin, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Çetin Tekindor, DJ Bülent, Erdem Akakçe, Erkan Can, Fikret Kuskan, Güven Kiraç, Idil Üner, Ismail Hacioglu, Mehmet Günsür, Nejat Isler, Nurgül Yesilçay, Serkan Ercan, Özgü Namal, Sevket Çoruh, Yelda Reynaud, Vahide Gördüm

"Deftly interweaving five contempo vignettes with fairy tale flavors, slick criss-crosser 'Istanbul Tales' is both a compulsively watchable entertainment as well as an atmospheric love letter to one of the world's most beautiful cities... Though the directors basically worked on individual stories, there's so much overlap between them -- on both dramatic and editing levels -- and the styles are so undifferentiated that the finished film looks like the work of a single helmer. Unal, who labored over the script for several years, says he finally invited others to share direction simply to give the movie a sustained sense of energy.
Aging clarinetist Hilmi (Altan Erkekli) has a much younger wife, Senay (Ozgu Namal), who has a lover, photo shop owner Rifki (Mehmet Gunsur). However, before its resolution, another tale starts, which runs like a backbone through the movie's fabric: the shooting in a restaurant of underworld king Ihsan (Cetin Tekindor) by an unseen assassin. The hit was planned by Ihsan's right-hand man, Ramazan (Nejat Isler), and power-hungry wife, Hurrem (Vahide Gordum), who now orders Ramazan to dispose of her stepdaughter, Idil (Azra Akin). This doesn't go as planned, and incidents en route set up refs that are clarified as the other yarns unspool. Also in the mix: love at first sight between a female transsexual, Banu (Yelda Reynaud), and a younger guy, Fiko (Ismail Hacioglu); Banu's friendship with Mimi (Guven Kirac), a sweet old transvestite; a Kurdish peasant from the provinces, Musa (Selim Akgul), who gets a job at the eatery where Ihsan will be shot, and meanwhile stumbles across a beautiful but loony princess, Saliha (former Miss Turkey, Nurgul Yesilcay).
Criss-crossers set during a limited timeframe have been an established genre, especially in European cinema, for some time. But Unal's complex script, which continually surprises with its cleverness without sacrificing character development to plot mechanisms, makes the format shine anew. Casting is terrific at every level, with a bevy of local names, and the fairytale parallels are never pushed too hard. A final seg, centered on a German Turk, Melek (striking Idil Uner), and her mysterious young daughter (Ece Hakim), neatly wraps up the whole package.

Tech credits are tip-top, and pacing has plenty of forward momentum without being rushed. Unal's previous feature, '9' (2002), Turkey's first DV-to-35mm feature, also featured an interlocking story structure, but 'Tales' reps a big step into the commercial arena.
Stories aren't individually credited to directors, and no title captions appear on screen. Film won the film award at the Istanbul fest's national competition, plus an actress prize for Reynaud for her performance as the transsexual. " (Derek Elley, Variety, April 26, 2005)

From Atilla Dorsay

Tales That Suit a Fairy-Tale City Very Well: Istanbul Tales (Anlat ?stanbul)

Ten years after The Bandit (Eskiya) I have this urge to start with the same sentence: I like this film so much that I cannot find the right words to tell about it. Should I start by using a cliche such as "Against the enchanting decor of Istanbul, five interwoven stories take place within a single night." Or should I leave the word to director Ümit Ünal? "The rich and the poor, the beautiful and the ugly, the criminals and the innocent, the marginals, the power brokers-Istanbulites of all kinds and ages-turn into fairy tale characters against the backdrop of a panoramic Istanbul that embraces the City from Beyo?lu to Aksaray, from the Bosphorus to the underground... Racing into the night to ease the pain caused by his young and adulterous wife, The Pied Piper, leads all the other heroes and heroines with his clarinet (a Felliniesque scene). Snow White can save herself from the evil stepmother (who had Snow White's father killed) with the help of the eighth dwarf. Cinderella takes a midnight train to run away from the bowels of the City hoping to start anew. The Sleeping Beauty wakes up amongst family pictures in a run-down mansion and encounters the ghost of her grandfather disguised as a poor Kurd. Little Red Riding Hood, flies away to a new life after getting rid of the "bad wolf". Criss-crossing the modern interprerations of these fairy tales, Ümit Ünal's script deserved to receive the Best Script Award for this year... It is not easy to tell about a film that is this good. Please go and see it for yourselves.

Festivals and Awards

2006 Ankara International Film Festival (Turkey): Mahmut Tali Öngören Special Award, Best
Actress (Idil Üner)
2006 Bangkok Film Festival (Thailand): Special Jury Award
2005 Istanbul International Film Festival (Turkey): National Competition, Best Film and Best
Actress (Yelda Reynaud)
2005 Mediterranean Film Festival (Italy): Jury Award for Artistic Expression (Original Idea)
2005 Adana Golden Cocoon Film Festival (Turkey): Best Film, Best Editing, Best Art Director, Best Studio, Best Cinematography

Ümit Ünal

Born in Tire in 1965, Ümit Ünal completed his education in the Cinema-TV division of the Fine Arts Department at Dokuz Eylül University in Izmir, and won various awards in national competitions for the 3 short films he made while in school. Afterwards, he worked as an assistant director, and also wrote the screenplays for numerous films such as Teyzem (My Aunt), Hayallerim Askim ve Sen (My Dreams, My Love, and You), Milyarder (The Billionaire), Arkadasim Seytan (Devil, My Friend), Piano Piano Bacaksiz (Softly, Softly Little One), and Amerikali (The American), to name a few. He has written two novels, Askin Alfabesi (The Alphabet of Love) and Kuyruk (The Tail), and a short story titled Amerikan Güzeli (American Beauty). In 2002, he completed Dokuz (Nine), which became Turkey's first DV-to-35mm feature film.


2001 Dokuz / Nine
2005 Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

Kudret Sabanci

Kudret Sabanci graduated from the Cinema division of the Fine Arts Department at Dokuz Eylül University. In 1990, he won awards for the short film Mutfakta Biri Mi Var? (Is Someone in the Kitchen?), and the documentary Daylak (The Camel) at the Oberhausen Film Festival and the Adana Golden Cocoon Film Festival. He finished work on his first full-length feature film with Laleli'de Bir Azize (A Saint in Laleli), which he directed in 1998. He has also directed television series such as Zerda and Aliye.


1991 Batan Günesin Hikayesi 2 / The Story of the Setting Sun 2
1999 Laleli'de Bir Azize / A Saint in Laleli
2002 Zerda (TV series)
2004 Aliye (TV Series)
2005 Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

Selim Demirdelen

Selim Demirdelen graduated from the department of Economics at Istanbul University and received his master's degree in Cinema and Television from Bilgi University. Along with the short films Hasret (The Longing) and Çevre (The Circle), he has directed the numerous commercials.


2005 Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

Yücel Yolcu

Yücel Yolcu directed the film Kirik Zar (Broken Bones) in 2000, and won the Best Film and Best Director awards for it at the Bozcaada Film Festival. He has made music videos and commercials in Turkey and in Germany.


2005 Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

Ömür Atay

Ömür Atay graduated from the Cinema division of the Fine Arts department at Dokuz Eylül University. He directed the short films Gözlerinden Geçtim and Necropolis in 1994 and 1997, respectively, and won the first-place award at the IFSAK Short Film Competition. He has directed the series Ruhsar, Ask Meydan Savasi, and Bir Istanbul Masali for television.


1997 Necropolis
2002 Ask Meydan Savasi (TV series)
2005 Anlat Istanbul / Istanbul Tales

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