Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s ‘Clair-Obscur’ Wins Top Honors at Antalya Film Festival

Turkish helmer Yeşim Ustaoğlu’s powerful, complex portrait of two women struggling to escape unhappy lives, “Clair-Obscur,” was the big winner at the 53rd Antalya Int’l Film Festival, taking home the awards for best picture and best director at the closing ceremony Sunday night. Ustaoğlu’s sixth feature was the unanimous choice of an international jury headed… Read more »

Antalya: Mayor Menderes Türel on Efforts to Turn Turkish Resort Into Cinema Hub

ANTALYA, Turkey — If Antalya mayor Menderes Türel had his way, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, and other Hollywood celebs would be soaking up the sun on the Mediterranean’s shores before popping into a local restaurant for Turkish coffee and kebabs. Afterward, they’d retire to swank seaside homes, peruse the next day’s call sheet, and hit the… Read more »

MSNBC Hires Ali Velshi

MSNBC said Tuesday that Ali Velshi, a popular TV-news correspondent who left a perch at CNN to join the now-defunct Al Jazeera America, would provide economic analysis for the NBCUniversal-owned cable-news outlet. “Ali made a name for himself covering tragic events in Pakistan and Turkey, the debt crisis in Greece, and the impact of devastating… Read more »

Antalya Festival’s National Competition Spotlights Fresh Faces, Stories

After bowing Sunday with “Finding Altamira,” Hugh Hudson’s 19th-century period drama starring Antonio Banderas, Turkey’s oldest film fest turns its attention to the national competition, where a crop of familiar faces and newcomers are in the running for this year’s Golden Orange at the 53rd Antalya Intl. Film Festival, which runs Oct. 16-23. The varied… Read more »

Turkish Box Office Strong Despite Summer’s Political Turmoil

Did terrorist bombings and an aborted coup affect box office in Turkey? Actually, those events have not had as strong an impact as one might think, especially not on Hollywood titles. After taking a more than 50% dip on the weekend of the July 15 coup attempt, moviegoing resumed rather rapidly. “Box office is back to… Read more »

Turkey Exits E.U.’s Creative Europe Program, Reportedly Over Armenian Genocide Dispute

ROME — Turkey is exiting the European Union’s Creative Europe program which supports the arts, including film and TV — a surprise move that comes as relations between the Turkish government and the E.U. become increasingly strained. In 2015, Turkey joined the ranks of non-E.U. member countries allowed to tap into Creative Europe’s 1.46-billion-euro fund ($1.56… Read more »

Netflix Strikes Major Deal with Eccho Rights to Turkish TV Content

ROME — As it rolls out in Turkey, Netflix has struck a substantial deal with Eccho Rights for global distribution of more than 450 hours of mostly Turkish TV drama content, including many of the country’s top-rated shows, such as “The End,” “Kurt Seyit & Sura,” and “Winter Sun.” The volume deal was announced Friday, a… Read more »

5 Things Young Producers Abroad Have in Common

LOCARNO — Over Aug. 6-8, 16 production companies from Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Israel and Turkey will meet at the Locarno Fest, in the Swiss Alps, to enjoy its glorious weather – if Saturday was anything to go by – multiple industry workshops and presentations and each other companies in an informal networking event, Match Me!… Read more »

Nice, Turkey: Social, Smart Media Battle for News Narrative

As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took to Twitter on Friday, calling on people to take to the streets to show their support for his embattled government, the incisive role of social media in covering – and even influencing – dramatic unfolding events have never been stronger, or more polemical. As France picks up the… Read more »

Radiohead Listening Party in Istanbul Attacked by Islamists

A group of radical Islamists attacked a listening party in Istanbul where Radiohead was holding a listening party for fans in support of their new album. The men reportedly stormed the record store, Velvet Indieground, in Istanbul, Turkey, and used pipes to violently beat fans running away from the venue for drinking alcohol during the… Read more »