BABAM VE OGLUM (MY FATHER AND MY SON)-2005 directed by Cagan Irmak. — This movie is about the 1980 military coup in Turkey in the eyes of a small boy. The movie mostly portrays the inner struggles of a family especially the father and the grandfather of the small boy. Takes place in the rural area of Turkey.
NEFES (THE BREATH)-2009 directed by Levent Semerci.— This movie is about a small company of soldiers who are at a post in the Eastern border of Turkey and their struggle amongst them selves as well as the terrorists they are fighting.
DEVRIM ARABALARI (THE REVOLUTION CARS)-2008 directed by Tolga Ornek — This movie is about the struggle of a crew of 23 engineers who are given the task by the General to design and produce the first car of the Turkish Republic in just 130 days.
ISSIZ ADAM (THE DESERTED MAN)- 2008 directed by Cagan Irmak — This movie is about a womanizer living in Istanbul and his adventures with love and lust along the way.
GUNESI GORDUM (I SAW THE SUN)- 2009 directed by Mahsun Kirmizigul — This movie touches a lot of social problems in Turkey. Shows the despair of a family who has two sons one in the Turkish military and the other one in a terrorist separatist group fighting the military, the problem of immigration because of the terrorists from the eastern part of Turkey, the problems of being a transexual in Turkey, and the problems a family who had to migrate to Europe from Turkey.
DELI DELI OLMA (DONT BE CRAZY)-2009 directed by Murat Saracoglu — This movie is about a Russian man whose family migrated to a small village in Turkey to escape from the suppression in Russia in the 1930s. Its about the love affair he had with a Turkish girl that he couldn’t be with because of the family pressure.
BEYAZ MELEK (THE WHITE ANGEL)- 2007 directed by Mahsun Kirmizigul — This movie is about the difference in relationships towards the elders in the city and in the villages of Turkey. We see a villager who came to Istanbul seeking treatment for his father and he sees a retirement home which is filled with elders who are abandoned by their spouse and his journey to his village with them.
Nothing from Nuri Bilge Ceylan?
I wrote the ones I loved the most but you are right he has movies which are worthy to recognize like:
UC MAYMUN (THREE MONKEYS)-2008
I also want to add the movies of the Turkish director Fatih Akin. Although these movies are not considered Turkish (made in Germany), They are two of the best films I have ever watched in my life…
SOUL KITCHEN 2009 directed by Fatih Akin- This movie has a light touch of humor to it. it about this Greek guy living in Germany who has a low quality restaurant and through the events he manages to get a chef (Birol Unel) who just got fired from a fancy restaurant and his journey making the restaurant a very popular place with expensive foods and great live music.
GEGEN DIE WAND (HEAD-ON) -2004 directed by Fatih Akin- This movie is about the lives of a Turkish girl and a Turkish guy living in Germany. The girl persuades the guy who she meet in the hospital after the guys suicide attempt and asks him to marry her to get the family pressure off her back because the family wants her to marry a Turkish guy. The story then travels to Istanbul and shows the growing love between these two people on the way…
My library has GEGEN DIE WAND – so I will take a look.
To add to the list, I enjoyed TWO GIRLS (Iki genç kiz) directed by Kutlug Ataman. It’s apparently based on a popular cult novel.
Does Turkish Star Wars count?
THE WAITING ROOM (2003)
What’s a Human Anyway? (2004)
Time and Winds (2006)
My Only Sunshine (2008)
Waiting for the Clouds (2003)
Life on Their Shoulders (2004)
Pandora’s Box (2008)
Very sorry to see that Autumn (Sonbahar) has gone unmentioned here. It’s by Özcan Alper and along with Pandora’s Box it was the best I saw coming from Turkey in 2008.
I really liked Yumurta about a guy who returns after years away to his just deceased mother’s village home and meets a young female who was her carer and who accompanies him on a trip for a traditional sacrifice. Turkey is one of the countries that was on a bit of a roll in the last decade, what with Time and Winds, Climates (and others by Ceylan), Journey to the Sun, never mind the films recommended by Baris which i’ve not seen.
I saw Sonbahar by Ozcan Alper last year at a film festival. It was wonderful….a very moving experience.
I’ve been watching and re-watching Fatih Akin’s work over the last little while, so thanks for these additional recommendations. I’ll get straight into Zeki Demirkubuz and Yesim Ustaoglu on the basis of their availability on MUBI in my area.
I prefer bilge ceylan by far..
Well, of these, I saw Climates and was impressed. Several on these lists sound very interesting, so I’ll be looking forward to watching. Thanks for putting up the recommendations.
I really loved the egg it was great
Love turkish movie ISSIZ ADAM (THE DESERTED MAN)- 2008 directed by Cagan Irmak Just amazing!