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20th London Turkish Film Festival - 2015
4 May 2015
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Only 1 day left to the start of London Turkish Film Festival.
Bringing together London audiences for Turkish movies, celebrities, seminars and workshops since 1993, The London Turkish Film Festival (LTFF) begins to celebrate its 20th edition on May 7, 2015.

In addition to more than 1000 screenings, the LTFF has welcomed the people who made the movies with visits from over 400 directors, producers, actors, musicians, authors and technicians.

The 20th LTFF Opening Gala celebration 

With the support of the Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry and Yunus Emre Institute, the Festival’s 20th Opening Gala will take place on May 7 at Cineworld, part of the landmark O2 Millenium Dome. To fit the celebratory mood of the evening, the Festival begins ten days of screenings throughout London with a comedy, the newly completed ‘Niyazi Gül, The Galloping Vet’, directed by Hakan Algül and starring Ata Demirer and Demet Akbağ. The director and members of the cast, crew and production team will be there to introduce this premiere screening. 

The Festival΄s 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Aytac Arman...

This year, the Festival is delighted to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to Aytaç Arman, a master actor whose many roles have won him a special place in the hearts of Turkish filmgoers. On Sunday May 10, 38 years after the event in which he took part, Aytaç Arman, will introduce and discuss the documentary ‘We Hit the Road’, the story of the 1977 march to Ankara by film workers. 

Golden Wings Digital Distribution Award 

Creating an opportunity for Turkish movies to be more widely seen in the UK, a distinguished group of industry professionals decide on the Golden Wings Digital Distribution Award. On jury service this year are Helen DeWitt (BFI Head of Cinemas), Tim Robey (The Telegraph film critic), Ryan Gilbey (New Statesman critic) and Mehmet Ergen (Theatre Director). 

The LTFF team has selected five films for their consideration: Song of my Mother (Annemin Şarkısı) / Director: Erol Mintaş, Gone: The Other and Unknown (Gittiler: Sair ve Meçhul) / Director: Kenan Korkmaz; Come to my Voice (Sesime Gel) / Director: Hüseyin Karabey, Sivas (Sivas) / Director: Kaan Müjdeci, Until I Lose my Breath (Nefesim Kesilene Kadar) / Director: Emine Emel Balcı. 

The non-competive programme 

In addition to the five competing movies, 16 feature films, 3 documentaries and a selection of outstanding short films make up a ten day cinematic feast. 
In the “Out of Competition” program the following 9 feature films will be screened
A Good Fellow, 2014, by Ivi Biri, Before Sunrise, 2014, by Safakla Donenler, But Muzeyyen That’s the Deepest Desire, 2014, by Cigdem Vitrinel, Crimean, 2014, by Burak Cem Ariel, Eye Am, 2013, Balik, 2014, Rimo and Zimo Peace in Town, 2014, Rumbling Hearts, 2014, by Omer Ugur, The Fish in Me, 2014.
and 3 documentaries:
Little Black Fishes, 2014, Through My lens, 2015, We Hit the Road, 2014.

Also included is a retrospective devoted to the work of Onur Ünlü, director of the phenomenally popular TV show ‘Leyla ile Mecnun’, with 6 of his films being shown:
Five Cities/2010, Let’s Sin/2014, Police/2007, Son of the Sun/2008, The Extremely Tragic Story of Celal Tan and his Family/2011, Thou Gild’st the Even/2013.

Purple Day 

The IMECE Women’s Centre is part of this 20th London Turkish Film Festival. A free screening of the film Last Stop Salvation on Sunday May 10 will be followed by a discussion on women΄s experiences and their impact on cinema. The panel consists of Feride Kumbasar (Women and diaspora-women with experience of multi-faceted violence and rejuvenated dreams), Mizgin Müjde Arslan (Women’s film language: Breath, Mirror, Road) and Gülsün Kanat (Power of solidarity). 

The Festival takes place with the help of BEKO, Lebara Mobile, Tas, Doğadan, URART, Accounting Direct Plus, Dolby Digital, Docklands Academy London, Radyo Avrupa, Motion Picture Solutions, Istanbul Travel, CNA Catering, Avrupa Gazete, İstanbul The Guide and Cornucopia Magazine. 

For more information visit the official site
  Come to My Voice
  Thou Gild`st the Even
  The Extremely Tragic Story Of Celal Tan And His Family
  Eye Am
  Gone: The Other And The Unknown
  Let`s Sin
  Song Of My Mother
  Last Stop Salvation
  Until I Lose My Breath
  The Fish In Me
  Rimo and Zimo Peace in Town
  Huseyin Karabey
  Dervis Zaim
  Aytac Arman
  Onur Unlu
  Kenan Korkmaz
  Erol Mintas
  Kaan Mujdeci
  Emine Emel Balci
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