London Turkish
Film Festival


7 - 20 December



The 9th London Turkish Film Festival once again provides London’s Turkish speaking community and cinema-goers in general with a chance to see the best new Turkish films. An important aspect of the festival is the inclusion of films by Turkish film makers living in other countries and other films relating to Turkey.

This year’s festival includes: Tunç Basaran’s ABUZER BAKLAVA, a popular comedy in which the hero re-invents himself as a famous singer in order to raise money for a good cause; Semih Kaplanoglu’s stylish AWAY FROM HOME, the disparate journeys of three characters in search of identity and belonging; Sinan Çetin’s COMMISSAR SHAKESPEARE, the story of a tough policeman’s attempt to put on a play in his police station; Thomas Arslan’s sensitive portrait of an independent young woman living in Berlin, A FINE DAY; Ömer Kavur’s dark and mysterious arthouse thriller HOUSE OF ANGELS; Serdar Akar’s OFFSIDE, an entertaining melodrama set in the world of small town amateur football; Kazim Öz’s oblique look at the war in south-east Turkey, THE PHOTOGRAPH; Mehmet Eryilmaz’s documentary tribute to a celebrated Turkish poet, THE SONGS OF NAZIM HIKMET; Baris Pirhasan’s charming rights-of-passage story, SUMMER LOVE; Gani Savata’s TRIAL, chronicling the difficulties faced by a Kurdish family returning to their village; Yilmaz Erdogan & Ömer Faruk Sorak’s charming and hilarious comedy and box office sensation, VIZONTELE.

There will also be discussions with film makers and two programmes of short films.

Invited guests include: Ömer Faruk Sorak (director of VIZONTELE), Mehmet Eryilmaz (director of THE SONGS OF NAZIM HIKMET), Semih Kaplanoglu (director of AWAY FROM HOME) and Gül Dirican (scriptwriter of SUMMER LOVE) and Baris Pirhasan (director of SUMMER LOVE).

All the films have English subtitles.

We hope you enjoy the festival.

Vedide Kaymak & Charles Rubinstein




If you would like to receive a programme leaflet, please send an email to: tff@riocinema.org.uk or telephone 020 7241 9410




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