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Turkish films shine at IFFI-2012

New Delhi: November 26,2012

In the ‘Country Focus’ section at 43rd International Film Festival of India in Panaji, Goa today, film makers and directors from Turkey shared their experiences in film making in Turkey. One of the Producers of the film ‘ Do Not Forget Me Istanbul’ Huseyin Karabey, said he had almost gone bankrupt for producing films. But the passion for film making got him going. Recalling the good old days, he said before 80’s a lot of films were being produced in Turkey, but because of socio-political upheavals, the intermediate period witnessed a lull. Mostly, video films were being shot those days. Now film making in Turkey has again got momentum, he added.

The Turkish capital Istanbul is the inspiration for the film ‘Do Not Forget Me Istanbul’. It’s a collaboration between seven internationally acclaimed directors from the Balkans and the Middle East. Working with actors and professionals from Turkey, all the directors and scriptwriters in the project have either lived a short while in Istanbul, or have roots anchored in the city. In these six 15-minute short films, intense human emotions play out through multi-ethnic narratives that make Istanbul romantic, mysterious and simply unforgettable.

The Director of the film ‘The Trace’ Tayfur Aydin said he is impressed by Bollywood movies and he is more close to Asian and Eastern societies than Europe or Western countries. He revealed that Turkey do have block-buster films to its credit. However, he is keen to be associated with meaningful cinema.

‘The Trace’ directed by Tayfur Aydin tells the story of a family, forced to move to Istanbul from eastern Anatolia years ago. The grandmother, Seristan, is at death-bed and wishes to go back to her homeland, and tells this to her son, Mirza. In spite of the discomfort and objections of the family members, he is convinced to take her back. On the way back, she tells the most surprising truth about herself, and dies on the train, wishing to be buried in the American graveyard instead of the one where his son’s father lies. From this point onward, Mirza is determined to carry out her last wish.

 

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