The film discussion, hosted by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for the second time from May 28 to June 12 this year as part of the Bayolu Culture Road Festival, has been hosting famous movie names.
Cinema Talks at Atlas Cinema continues on the third day with a session titled ‘The Place of Turkish Cinema in the World’. Directed by film critic Alin Taskian, director Dervis Zaim, producer Gulin Ustun and İKSV Film Festival director Kerem Ian were the speakers and evaluated the past and present of Turkish films.
Ahmet Misbah Demirkan, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, paid a surprise visit to the organized program and sat among the young people following the conversation. While taking the floor from time to time, Demircan said that when people were asked what culture was, half of them couldn’t answer, and said: For example, 50 percent of them said Jackie Murray … In fact, culture is every moment. Our lives. The society lives together, the city where they live, the food, the drinks, the buildings, the aesthetics, the way of life and the understanding of the city all form their culture. For movies; With cinema you can reach a certain place which will entertain us in cinema, its field has to be expanded a lot. What we have done in this past, when movies about our history came out, both the society was amazed and the world was amazed. Productions like ‘Vatanım Sensin’ and ‘Muhteşem Yüzyil’ aroused curiosity because it was a necessity. Although the historical aspect and the authentic aspect seem unimportant, how it is presented is very important. From this perspective, cinema is a medium of transmission; The gastronomy of culture, history, documentaries, cities, their stories, civilizations and their philosophies are not bombarded with intense information, but can be told deeply in a love movie, a city movie, an action movie … if we can achieve that we I will continue to be number one in movies. When I look from there, I see that our filmmakers can catch incredible stories starting from there, especially archeology, and if they look there, dissatisfied legends will be made from there.
Darwish Zaime, who made successful films such as ‘Roves in the Coffin’, ‘Elephants and Grass’, ‘Parallel Journeys’, ‘Mud’, ‘Waiting for Heaven’, ‘Dot’, ‘Shadows and Face’ Describes the process of a feature film as follows: There is support from the Ministry of Culture, it was very weak then, it was almost non-existent. At that time there was no platform for watching movies. Kickback in the Coffin has taught me that you have to balance yourself in every movie. You need to balance and redefine your own balance, the specific features of the film. The history of cinema has taught, taught, taught how to make pictures. You know these, but they are not enough! You will also find out what method each specific film requires from you.
Dervis Zaim said that Turkish cinema has no game plan and that it can be made with a conscious perspective; “We can achieve success with the game plan that Ankara and Istanbul will create together. This perspective, too, needs to be an independent, concrete thing that is aware of what is happening around the world. SWOT analysis needs to create a perspective that the whole world knows, Turkey knows and knows the situation in Turkey. We need to know how we want to see Turkish cinema in 15, 30, 50 years from now and how world awards will benefit us by revealing our strengths and weaknesses. “
Gulin Ustun, producer and director of Meetings on the Bridge, said: “The process of making a movie is not just about shooting the movie, it’s about editing the movie ad journey. It can be presented in a way.”
SKSV Film Festival Director Kerem Ayan says: As time goes on, with the advancement of platforms and technology, Turkish films and directors have been able to reach out to more people. The biggest example of this is Nuri Bilge Silan. This is how the Turks were able to attend the Cannes Film Festival awards ceremony. That ‘story of the country’ is what the countries of Europe expect from the film that has gone abroad. They want a city from us, not a city. However, Turkish cinema has changed a lot, but we are still under the influence of the countryside while trying to make a new generation of fantastic and thriller films.