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 »

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 »