Peter Kerekes’ ‘Censor’ Wins Karlovy Vary’s Works in Progress Contest

“Censor,” directed and produced by Peter Kerekes, and written by Ivan Ostrochovsky, has won the 14th edition of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s Works in Progress competition, which is open to projects from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Turkey, Greece and former Soviet territories. The jury, which consisted of Iole Maria Giannattasio, directorate general… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Imagina Rolls Out Maria Ripoll’s ‘Sandalwood’

Madrid-based film and TV rights distributor Imagina International Sales has sealed a raft of territories on Maria Ripoll’s East-meets-West melodrama “Traces of Sandalwood,” including deals for India (Star Ent.) and Japan (Animoproduce). Imagina has also sold the film to Australia (Leap Frog Films), Turkey (Filmarti Film), South Africa (ForeFront Media), South Korea (Apex Ent.) and… Read more »

‘Leviathan’ Named Best Foreign Language Film at Palm Springs Film Fest

Russian drama “Leviathan” was named best foreign language film at the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Saturday. The fest, which comes to a close on Monday, also recognized Haluk Bilginer, who stars in Turkey’s “Winter Sleep,” and “Mommy” star Anne Dorval as best actor and actress in a foreign language film, respectively. PSIFF has… Read more »

Box Office: ‘Hunger Games’ Rules Thanksgiving, ‘Horrible Bosses 2,’ ‘Penguins’ Fall Short

“The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1″ was the clear choice among Thanksgiving moviegoers, but Katniss Everdeen didn’t leave much left over for “Horrible Bosses 2″ or “Penguins of Madagascar” to feast on. The futuristic adventure pulled in a massive $82.7 million over the five-day holiday and $56.9 million in its sophomore weekend. Unfortunately, Turkey… Read more »