|Ata Demirer, Demet Akbağ jet in to London for UK premiere of new comedy The Galloping Vet, which opens LTFF 2015|
CULTURE / FILM
London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) hits 20 this year,
making it the second oldest foreign film festival in . No mean feat for an event
started as a labour of love by Vedide Kaymak and friends at the Rio Cinema to
give Turkish immigrants a taste of home. Britain
Today, as then, audiences have a chance to experience the best of Turkish cinema, although the choice of venues has broadened. This year the festival will take place in three cinemas: Rio Dalston, the
Odeon Panton Street, and, for the second
year running, the O2 Cineworld in
for the Opening Gala. Greenwich
|Aytaç Arman receives this year's Lifetime Achievement Award|
The LTFF 2015 programme is again full of feature films, documentaries and short films from
along with its annual awards to the best new film and to a legend of the
Turkish silver screen. Turkey
This year’s opening title is the
premiere of popular comedian Ata
Demirer's new film Niyazi Gül Dörtnala (The Galloping Vet) based on his popular
TV character Niyazi Gül, a veterinary surgeon and lecturer who is thrust into
an unexpected adventure. The film also stars award-winning actress and
comedienne Demet Akbağ with whom Demirer previously shared the lead in the
ever-delightful box-office hit series Eyvah, Eyvah. UK
Elsewhere, the Festival showcases the handiwork of fantastic writer/director Onur Ünlü whose work unfairly remains unknown outside
his take on Turkey ’s
Takeshi Kitano in magical realism tribute Polis (2009), to
the philosophical rumination on death and life of Five Cities, Ünlü's
cinema presents an in-depth discourse on human nature alongside popular
All the films listed for LTFF 2015 are unmissable, though special mention has to be made of Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi (Thou Gild'st the Even) – a wickedly funny take on the superhero myth, representing a first in Turkish cinema.
The best of the 2014-2015 Turkish season is well represented within the programme with titles such as Sesime Gel (Come to My Voice) arriving with plaudits from the Berlin and Mar Del Plata Film Festivals, along with Annemin Şarkısı (Song of My Mother) and Nefesim Kesilene Kadar (Until I Lose My Breath).
|On at LTFF 2015: 'Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi' - a first in Turkish cinema as Turkey gets its own superhero|
Other notable feature films include Gözümün Nûru (Eye Am) – an interesting narrative experience which playfully mixes meta plot points with great story, Fakat Müzeyyen Bu Derin Bir Tutku – featuring standout performances from Erdal Beşikçioğlu and Sezin Akbaşoğulları, and Balık (Fish) – Derviş Zaim's new effort featuring the director's trademark simultaneously complex and sensitive touch.
The festival is also playing host to three great documentaries this year: Küçük Kara Balıklar (Little Black Fishes), Artık Hayallerim Var (Through My Lens) and Yollara Düştük (We Hit the Road) each one bringing greater focus on stories within Turkey which would otherwise have remained inaccessible to a British audience.
All in all there's something to please everyone this year with the Festival once again representing the best chance to catch up with the hottest titles. LTFF 2015 runs from 7th-17th May. Tickets and information are available from ltff.co.uk