Actor Erdoğan to bring Göbeklitepe to big screen*

Göbeklitepe, a hilltop santuary on the highest summit of a mountain ridge southeast of town of Şanlıurfa (formerly Urfa and Edessa) frequented by history buffs, archaelogist and tourist, is to take what in the eyes of many is a much-deservedleap to the big screen, courtesy of Turkish actor Yılmaz Erdoğan.


* news by Todays Zaman/ 19.10.2011


Will The Oscar ever go to a Turkish film?

The release date for director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da’ (Once Upon A Time in Anatolia) has been moved to ensure eligibility for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars

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*News by Emrah Güler from Hürriyet Daily News



Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da Photocall

"   Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" Photocall - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival
In This Photo: Nuri Bilge CeylanSelim UnelThomas RobertDilek Yapkuoz,Eda ArikanGokhan TiryakiZeynep OzbaturAhmet Mumtaz TaylanTaner BirselNihan OkutucuYilmaz ErdoganErcan KesalMuhammet Uzuner,Mirsad PurivatraEbru Ceylan

(L-R) Eda Arikan, Mirsad Purivatra, Thomas Robert, Nihan Okutucu, Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Yilmaz Erdogan, Muhammet Uzuner, director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Ebru Ceylan, Ercan Kesal, Zeynep Ozbatur, Taner Birsel, Selim Unel, Dilek Yapkuoz and Gokhan Tiryaki attend the "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu'da" Photocall at Palais des Festivals during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 21, 2011 in Cannes, France.

*(May 20, 2011 - Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe)
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Turkey’s Ceylan cements Cannes success as Malick wins Palme d’Or

''Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan added yet another Cannes film festival honor to his line of awards on Sunday when his most recent effort, “Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da” (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), shared the 64th festival’s runner-up prize with “The Kid With a Bike,” directed by Belgium’s Dardenne brothers..''

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The Grand Prix is a tie

This year's Grand Prix went to two directors: Nuri Bilge Ceylan for Once Upon a Time in Anatolia and Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for Le Gamin au Vélo (The Kid With a Bike).

Having received his award from Emir Kusturica, Nuri Bilge Ceylan said: "Thank you for bringing my film, which was difficult to make, to Cannes. It wascreened on the last day of the Festival and I didn't think anyone would go and see it".

Pose at the Palme d'Or Winners Photocall at the Palais des Festivals during the 64th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2011 in Cannes, France.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s ‘Anatolia’ making first Cannes splash

“Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” will be shown in two press screenings, one at 7 p.m. at the Debussy and the other at 10:30 p.m. at the Bazin, on Friday. The film’s gala will take place Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, which will be preceded customarily by a red carpet session. Ahead of the gala, Ceylan and members of the film’s cast will be on hand at a press conference Saturday afternoon to field questions from critics and journalists.

*Today's Zaman


Once Upon a Time in Anatolia Trailer

Once Upon a Time in Anatolia is scheduled to premiere in Competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.


From Wikipedia



Nuri Bilge Ceylan will appear in Cannes with the movie "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu (Once upon a time in Anatolia)" for the Golden Palm Award which he has once won for the movie "Üç Maymun(Three Monkeys)". Among the rivals there are some important figures like Almodovar, Malick, Von Trier and Dardenne brothers.
19 films have been selected for the final decision in Cannes Film Festival which is considered as the most important leg among all the film festivals in Europe.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been chosen to run for Golden Palm Award for the movie "Bir Zamanlar Anadolu(Once Upon A Time in Anatolia)" which Yılmaz Erdoğan and Taner Birsel take the leading roles in.
The most remarkable rival of Ceylan is the film which was directed by Pedro Almodovar ,"The Skin That I Inhabit" and also another film which was directed by Terrence Malick, "Tree of Life" is also shown as the favourite of the 64.Cannes Film Festival.
It seems like that the Danish famous director Lars Von Trier name will be mentioned for the film "Meloncholia' again. The film "Set Me Free" is also mentioned "close" to winning the award.
Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt and Yılmaz Erdoğan
Almodovar's ace in the film is Antonio Banderas, Malick's ace is Brad Pitt. Ceylan has Yılmaz Erdoğan against these two reputable figures.

Among 1715 movies only 19 of these could remain for the final decision and there will be special events arranged for Japan, Tunisia and Egypt.
Awards will be going to the winners on May 11 with a special ceremony in French Riviera.
The chief of the jurry chair will be held by American actor and director Robert de Niro.
A part of the latest comedy movie of Woody Allen, "Midnight in Paris" will be shown during the festival opening.

Ceylan is after the third prize
Director Ceylan has won the Grand Jury Award for the film "Uzak (Far Away)" and the Best Director Award for "Üç Maymun(Three Monkeys)" before.
Ceylan gained the sympathy in Turkey and Europe with a speech which he gave after he won the Best Director Award;"I devote this award to my lonely and beautiful country."



Jolly Life (Turkish: Neşeli Hayat) is a 2009 Turkish comedy film, written and directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan, about a working class Turkish man who accepts a job as a Mall Santa. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on November 27, 2009 (2009-11-27), was screened in competition at the 29th International Istanbul Film Festival and was nominated in several categories at the 3rd Yeşilçam Awards. Writer, director and star Erdoğan says that the main character is between the worlds of the Westernized upper class Turks and the working class Turks in the east of the country.


Vizontele Tuuba is a 2004 Turkish comedy-drama film, written and directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan, based on the writer-director's childhood memories of the last summer of his childhood in village in 1980. The film, which went on nationwide release on January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23), was a sequel to the highly successful Vizontele (2001).

Guner Sernikli is a government official who, with his wife and their wheelchair bound daughter, has been assigned as the head librarian to this isolated province, virtually an exile since there is no library in the village. The family is warmly welcome, but these are the years of political anarchy and leftist/rightist clashes in big cities and the youth of the village inevitably follow the tides. They arrive in Vizontele, just as the situation is becoming really absurd. Guner brings wisdom; his daughter Tuba brings beauty, innocence and love. Some like the Mayor, Nazmi Dogan and crazy Emin appreciate these things but they are in the minority and confusion continues to reign. The story is based on the memories of writer-director Yılmaz Erdoğan of the last summer of his childhood in Hakkâri, Turkey in 1980.


Vizontele is a 2001 Turkish comedy-drama film, written and directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan and co-directed by Ömer Faruk Sorak, based on the writer-director's childhood memories of the arrival of the first television to his village in the late 70's. The film, which went on nationwide release on February 2, 2001 (2001-02-02), won three Golden Orange awards and was one of the most successful Turkish films to that date. A sequel, entitled Vizontele Tuuba, involving the director and most of the original cast followed in 2004.

The mayor (Altan Erkekli) of a small village in Southeastern Turkey in the 70's bitterly opposes the activities of sleazy opportunist Latif (Cezmi Baskin) who runs open-air film screenings and seeks to break his monopoly over village entertainment with the introduction of the first television (called Visiontele by the locals). The mayor recruits a crazy electrician called Emin (Yılmaz Erdoğan) and some of his office staff to help him to set up the signal receiver on the highest position of the mountain. While Latif seeks to undermine his efforts by decrying television as the work of the Devil and a slap in the face of Islamic tradition. The story is based on the childhood memories of the writer-director Yılmaz Erdoğan of the arrival of the first television to Hakkâri, Turkey in the 70's.

* Cologne Mediterranean Film Festival (2001)
o Audience Award (won)
* Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2001)
o Golden Orange for Best Actor: Altan Erkekli (won)
o Golden Orange for Best Actress: Demet Akbağ (tied with Yesim Salkim for Sarkici)
o Golden Orange for Best Music: Kardeş Türküler (won)

MAGIC CARPET RIDE (Organize Isler)

Directed and written by Yilmaz Erdogan

Cast: Yilmaz Erdogan, Tolga Cevik, Demet Akbag, Altan Erkekli, Ozgu Namal, Erdal Tosun, Tuner Salman, Oner Erkan, Ebru Akel, Basak Koklukaya, Berfin Erdogan, Cem Yilmaz

In the organized crime world of Istanbul, there are two kinds of people: The ones who take and the ones who are taken. Jobs are all organized – and unorganized – by the mob. When this is the case, even the all-mighty Superman gets the beating of his life when he comes to rescue Istanbul. Some people can save you when you are in need. The real question is, “Who is going to save you from those who save you?”

Yilmaz Erdogan was born in Hakkari in 1968. In 1987, he dropped out of ITU Construction Faculty and joined Ferhan Sensoy's On Duty Theater Staff. A year later, he founded Guldusunduru Theater and put on stage "Sultan Kanuni Suleyman and Rambo" written and directed by him. The following years, he wrote many play scripts, including "Geregi Dusunuldu" (It's taken care of), a musical in Levent Kirca Theater, "Olacak o Kadar" (Got to be) TV series, and "Kadinlik Bizde Kalsin" (Let the womanhood stay with us) in Yasemin Yalcin Theater. In 1994 he founded BKM Actors with Necati Akpinar and wrote the play scripts of "Otogargara", "Cebimde Kelimeler" (Words in my pocket), "Sen Hic Atesbocegi Gordun mu?" (Have you ever seen a firefly?), "Bana Bir Seyhler Oluyor" (Some things happening to me), "Haybeden Gercekustu Ask" (An unreal love out of the blue), and the TV series "Bir Demet Tiyatro" (A bunch of theater).

Yilmaz Erdogan has two poetry books called "Kayip Kentin Yakisiklisi" (The handsome of the lost town), "Anladim" (Got it), and a story named "Huzunbaz Sevismeler" (Melodramic love making). He also collected his dialogues of "Haybeden Gercekustu Konusmalar" (An unreal conversation out of of the blue), which was the source of "Haybeden Gercekustu Ask", his essays of "Hijyenik Asklar" (Hygienic Love), "Feristah'in Fantezileri" (Feristah's Fantesies), in a book. Feristah is a character from "Bir Demet Tiyatro".

In 2000, he has broken the box office record with his movie "Vizontele" with 3.5 million viewers for the first time in Turkey. As well as writing the script, he played one of the major characters in the movie. Three years later he filmed the second of the series "Vizontele Tuuba", followed by "Organize Isler" (Magic Carpet Ride) in 2005.

Organize Isler / Magic Carpet Ride (Director, Scriptwriter) 2005
Vizontele Tuuba (Director, Scriptwriter, Actor) 2003
Vizontele (Co-director, Scriptwriter, Actor) 2000




Which describes you better,acting or writing?

I consider the other worka than writing as an enjoyable extension thereof.Even when I act,I conclude the play in my head during writing process.I think that I have fun with my friends later on.

What about poetry?

Poetry is completely different.It is my oldest friend.I started writing by trying to write poems.I think I would write poems,even though I was not involved in theater works.Sometimes I am asked why I do all these.I do not know,I didn't have any other chance.It is like this.

You make people feel grief,even with your plays that make them brust out with loughing.

When style comes into play,some people are merely in pursuit of comedy.And some go around the borders,like me.After all,grief is included in humor as well.I grew up in 70's and lived my youth in 80's.Social wave had an effect in information of my works.

How do you create your characters?

Creativity is God's peculiarity.Ours is more of production and even imitation.For sure,observation is of great importance.You need to develop empathy.If you do not know why people act in certain manner,you can't write.Observation is essential.

Are your characters imaginary or do you refer to real life?

Of course.Some are produced out of some real people and even a combination of some.I want my works to include a certain level of reality.My source of reality is life.I even make use of those people's names,while naming my characters.

written by Çınar Ergin


                                                                                   *Anatolia News Agency

Nominees for the 3rd Yeşilçam Awards,known as the Turkish Oscars,were presented on Monday at a press conference held at Ghetto.
Beyoğlu Mayor Ahmet Misbah Demircan said his municipality organized the event becouse Turkish cinema was born and grew up in Beyoğlu,and the success of cinema should be crowned in the district.He said 2009 was a very important and productive year for Turkish cinema.Demircan also commemorated famous directors Halit Refiğ,who died in October,and Ahmet Uluçay,who also died last year at inees were revealed in 11 categories.

According to the results,the nominees in main categories are as follows:

Güneşi Gördüm(I Saw the Sun)
İki Dil Bir Davul (On the Way to School)
Nefes:Vatan Sağolsun(The Breath)
Pandora'nın Kutusu (Pandora's Box)

Levent Semerci(The Breath)
Mahsun Kırmızıgül(I Saw the Sun)
Reha Erdem(Hayat Var-My Only Sunshine)
Yağmur and Durul Taylan(Vavien)
Yeşim Ustaoğlu(Pandora's Box)
Zeki Demirkubuz(Kıskanmak-Envy)

Binnur Kaya(Vavien)
Demet Evgar(I Saw the Sun)
Meral Çetinkaya(Karanlıktakiler-Those in the Dark)
Nergis Öztürk(Envy)
Nesrin Cevadzade(Dilber'in Sekiz Günü-Dilber's Eight Days)
Şerif Sezer(Deli Deli Olma-Piano Girl)

Yılmaz Erdoğan(Neşeli Hayat-The Cheerful Life)
Engin Günaydın(Vavien)
Mert Fırat(Başka Dilde Aşk-Love in Another Language)
Mete Horozoğlu(The Breath)
Nadir Sarıbacak(Uzak İhtimal-Wrong Rosary)
Öner Erkan(Bornova Bornova)


The prize for best performance by an actor went to Nadir Sarıbacak for his portrayal of naive muezzin who falls in platonic love with a Catholic nurse in Mahmet Fazıl Çoşkun's debut feature,'Uzak İhtimal'(Wrong Rosary).Büşra Pekin,best known for her stage performances in comedy shows with Yılmaz Erdoğan and his theater company,won the best supporting actress prize for her role in Erdoğan's 'Neşeli Hayat'(A Cheerful Life),winning the film its sole prize.

Starting this year ,SİYAD award for the most promising artist of year was named after filmmaker Ahmet Uluçay,who died in November 2009,and the winner of the inaugural Ahmet Uluçay prize was Melih Selçuk,for his role in Kaplanoğlu's 'Süt.'

*Today's Zaman


                                                                                              *Hurriyet Daily News
The 42nd Turkish Film Critics Association,or SİYAD,Awards were presented Sunday at a ceremony held at the Beşiktaş Cultural Center in Istanbul.
The best film award was presented to 'Hayat Var'(My Only Sunshine) and the film's director,Reha Erdem,was chosen as the best director.The Yağmur and Durul Taylan brothers' ''Vavien,''which was nominated in 11 categories,won five awards.Yılmaz Erdoğan's ''Neşeli Hayat''(Cheerful life) and Mahmut Fazıl Çoşkun's ''Uzak İhtimal''(Wrong Rosary) also won awards.


Can be created many things with a white paper..

Sana Bakmak / Looking at you
Can be created many things with a white paper…
Such as plane ,kite perhaps….
can be put under the wobbly table which is shorter than others……
Or can be written a poem about life which is shorter than others….
Can be written many things on a white paper….
Except you…Its impossible to find imagery to your beauty……..
You rather ask everything from which desires to look like you.,….
perhaps, a rose, or a blossom…...
Possibly remedy of it is the nature how you look so much like flower …
And perhaps my awareness like a blind , gardener…
So I have knowledge about plant , but I cant put into a word ,the earth which speaks to the sun by a rose which just looks like you…Just give me a light……
I have plenty of buds….
my roots are hidden deep in me….
There is no1 who is coming , going ,demanding,no graze no knurl……
You want me to write a poem which has “imagery” in it….
But sorry my love ……
There is nothing in my saddlebag as precious as you……
I am an unprepared , analloyed traveller who come from a long way……
I come thru wounded, unhurt desires….
there is emptiness in my heart ……
Thus Told you everything…been, done, sufferings, pains,….
if I knew all these to get to you ,all these stopover pains , all these stabilized friendship……
I wud run to you even faster…….
Without stopping I wud run to your coral blue eyes….
Looking at you is looking in the water…….
looking at you is to understand the miracles……
Love my fabulous query , only The clamps are the defendant….
no matter what I write is not happening…….
cos‘ ppl who know. will remember…..
They who both sell fake and designed flowers
They are not gardeners in fact they are traders …
When you have such eyes like tht,….
And when your body is smooth as heaven…..
It will be foolish to write a poem…..
there is only one word stuck in my teeth…
i call you my rosev and the rose lives longer…..
I want all those promises to reamin with you….
I call you my rose……
cos it become immortal just because it looks like you……
all those poems I wrote for you is a foreword for a book….
Looking at you is looking at a white paper which can be turned into anything…..
looking at you is looking at the water by being ashame of ur apperance Looking at you is denying all the fortiuosness…..
and the understand miracles……
loooking at you is equal to believing in Allah

Yılmaz Erdoğan

Yılmaz Erdoğan


Yilmaz Erdogan spent his childhood in Ankara until he moved to Istanbul along with his family. In 1987, he dropped out of his civil engineering studies at Istanbul Technical University and joined the On Duty Theater Staff (Turkish: Nöbetçi Tiyatrosu) managed by Ferhan Şensoy. He also became chief writer at Levent Kırca’s long-running television sketch show, Olacak O Kadar. In 1988, he founded his own theatre company, Güldüşündürü, and staged a successful production of his self-penned Suleiman the Magnificent and Rambo (Turkish: Kanuni Sultan Süleyman ve Rambo).
In 1994, he founded Beşiktaş Cultural Center (Turkish: Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi) with business partner Necati Akpınar and achieved recognition as Mükremin Abi alongside actress Demet Akbağ in the ground breaking television series Bir Demet Tiyatro (1995-2002) on Star TV. He also continued his theatrical success with a series of plays and musicals, including his one man show, Cebimdeki Kelimeler, and recorded a poetry album called, Kayıp Kentin Yakışıklısı, which includes seventeen poems accompanied by traditional Turkish music composed by Metin Kalender, Nizamettin Ariç and Ali Aykaç.
He achieved his greatest success with the box-office record breaking comedy film Vizontele (2001), which he wrote, directed and starred in. This was followed by a sequel, Vizontele Tuuba (2004), which he also produced, and Magic Carpet Ride (2005). A second run for his popular television series Bir Demet Tiyatro (2006-2007) followed on ATV, and the Christmas comedy film Jolly Life (2009). He has also produced the successful comedy films Eyyvah Eyvah (2010) and Çok Film Hareketler Bunlar (2010).
His brothers are Mustafa Erdoğan, who founded Fire of Anatolia and married singer Gülben Ergen, and Deniz Erdoğan, who has composed music for some of his company's productions. His wife is the actress and costume designer Belçim Bilgin and his daughter Berfin Erdoğan appeared in Magic Carpet Ride. He is a Beşiktaş J.K. fan.