The Embassy of Turkey presents the 4th Turkish Film Festival to be held between 21 May – 12 June 2016 in Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Culture and Tourism of Turkey, in collaboration with Sterkinekor Cinema Nouveau. Defy, Radisson Blu, Sandton and Turkish Airlines are also sponsoring the events.
Turkish Film Festival aims to share Turkish culture ad social experiences with South Africans and to further strengthen our ties and unite both countries. This is the 4th edition. The festival offers cinema-lovers the opportunity to explore contemporary Turkish cinema, with the screening of internationally-awarded movies and box office successes.
The showcase movie of the festival is Last Stop: Kurtuluş. Dramatic comedy centered on a group of women who rebel against domestic violence. The film tells the story of psychologist who moves into an apartment in the Istanbul neighbourhood of Kurtulus after being abandoned by her fiancé two weeks before the wedding. Her new neighbours try to lift the mood transforming themselves into different women who stand up against violence of all kinds.
Historical documentary, first screened at Cannes Film Festival, Turkish Passport tells the story of diplomats posted to Turkish Embassies and Consulates in several European countries, who saved numerous Jews during the Second World War. Based on the testimonies of witnesses, who traveled to Istanbul to find safety, the Turkish Passport also uses written historical documents and archive footage to tell this story of rescue and bring to light the events of the time.
Milk, drama, first screened at Venice Film Festival and directed by acclaimed Turkish director Semih Kaplanoğlu who won the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, a story of a high school graduate could not pass the university entrance exam. Writing poetry is his greatest passion and some of his poems are being printed in various obscure literary journals. But neither these poems, nor the rapidly falling price of the milk they sell, are being of any benefit to their lives.
Last Letter, the 2015 history-drama is the story of Pilot Captain, a young air force officer and one of the first Ottoman pilots. He lost his wife during the birth of his little daughter. In February 1915 with the first assaults of the British fleet, he entrusts his daughter to her grandmother's care and leaves Istanbul to go to Gallipoli, flying on "one of the first planes".
This year, internationally awarded Turkish directors Mr. Tolga Karaçelik (Ivy, Toll Booth), one of the promising new generation Turkish directors who is known for his own unique style and Mr. Emin Alper (Frenzy, Beyond the Hill) who is also an academic and winner of the Jury Prize at the latest Venice Film Festival with Mr. Ahmet Gürata, assistant proffessor and the chair of Department of Communication and Design of Bilkent University will join us in Johannesburg with a variety of events.
We hope this Festival will continue to bring the South African and Turkish people much closer.
All screenings will be free to public. Tickets can be booked and collected at the participating cinema box-offices one hour prior to each show.