« Historical dramas, reborn sagas set for big screen outing » – Today’s Zaman

« Every year, come summertime, Turkish filmmakers roll up their sleeves and get stuck into filming new movies for the coming season.

This year historical dramas abound, with Çağan Irmak and Levent Semerci narrating stories through the eyes of children, Sinan Çetin recreating the Battle of Gallipoli of 1915 and Faruk Aksoy taking a cinematic look at Sultan Mehmet II’s conquest of İstanbul. Here’s a detailed look at some of the upcoming season’s films in Turkish cinema:

Filming has ended on director Faruk Aksoy’s “Fetih 1453” (Conquest 1453), the most expensive movie in Turkish cinema to date with a budget of $17 million. The historical drama that recounts the conquest of İstanbul stars Devrin Evin, İbrahim Çelikkol, Dilek Serbest, Recep Aktuğ and Erden Alkan in its cast. The film will have its theatrical release in February 2012.

Director Chris Roche is currently shooting a follow-up to the 1970s’ historical saga “Kara Murat” — made famous by the lead character played by Cüneyt Arkın — in the Black Sea city of Trabzon using new filmmaking technology. Titled “Kara Murat: Mora’nın Ateşi” (Kara Murat: The Fire of Morea), the new installment stars Nefise Karatay, Bahadır Sarı, Tatiana Marinescu, Hakan Ural, Kerem Alışık, İlker İnanoğlu and Suna Selen. Release date: December 2011 […]

 The Turkish movie industry is collaborating with Bollywood in one of the upcoming season’s films. A co-production between Turkey’s Evrensel Media and India’s Rakhshan Movies Network, the movie, titled “Süper Rakstar” (Super Rockstar), blends a love story with action-adventure. Set to start filming in October, the movie is planned for a March 2012 release. […]

Source : Today’s Zaman


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