Turkish Film Festival Poster


12th London
Film Festival

Friday 3 - Sunday 12 December 2004



Welcome to the unique cinematic celebration that is London's 12th Turkish Film Festival Festival: 10 days of the best new movies and the people who made them.

Among the highlights of TFF 2004:

Ahmet Ulucay's enchanting autobiographical first feature BOATS OUT OF WATERMELON RINDS, Omer Kavur's spellbinding and enigmatic ENCOUNTER, Ayse Polat's drama about the friendship of a German and a Kurdish girl EN GARDE, the dramatic tale of a man's life turned upside down in Cagan Irmak's EVERYTHING ABOUT MUSTAFA, Yagmur & Durul Taylan's comedic horror chiller SCHOOL, Reis Celik's original, improvisatory TALES OF INTRANSIGENCE, Omer Vargi's blue collar satire UNDER CONSTRUCTION, and the final part of Zeki Demirkubuz's penetrating and absorbing 'Tales About Darkness' trilogy, THE WAITING ROOM.

TFF 2004's retrospective section spotlights the director Fatih Akin whose international success HEAD-ON will be released in the UK by Soda Pictures in February. There is an opportunity to catch up with with his first three features (and previous TFF highlights) SHORT SHARP SHOCK, IN JULY and SOLINO.

At the end of a year that has seen the major commercial release of a number of Turkish films in the UK, there will be an all day seminar on 'New Turkish Cinema in Europe.' In association with Goldsmiths College, the event will bring together critics, film directors, academics, journalists and, of course, filmgoers. There will also be an opportunity to review two of those 2004 releases, Nuri Bilge Ceylan's critically acclaimed, UZAK and Ezel Akay's enjoyable look at the music business WHERE'S FIRUZE?

Other special events include two programmes of documentaries (PARALLEL TRIPS, PYLA - LIVING TOGETHER SEPARATELY and WHICH CYPRUS?) and discussion on the divided island of Cyprus, and three programmes of short films from young filmmakers both local and international. This year's festival sees the introduction of a short film competition for young filmmakers. Organised by the Rio Cinema and Balik Arts, the theme of the competition is 'Another World'. There will be a single prize of £1,500 donated by TEES for the best fiction film.

There will also be an exhibition 'Fragments from the Past: The cinema in the lives of London's Turkish speaking communities'.

As usual the Festival will welcome directors, producers, writers and actors. And of course we especially look forward to welcoming you...

Vedide Kaymak & Charles Rubinstein


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feature films
fatih akin tribute
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