Welcome to the 15th New York Turkish Film Fesival!

The dates of this year's festival are March 31 through April 3, 2016.
The event will take place at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. 


A Unique Life / Nadide Hayat

Turkish with English Subtitles, 117 minutes, 2015

Pre-screening reception and post-screening Q&A with Yetkin Dikinciler 

Opening Night: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 5:30pm

Directed by Çağan Irmak

The latest film from Çağan Irmak, one of Turkey’s most beloved and popular filmmakers, tells the comedic story of Nadide, who is searching for hapiness after the death of her husband.  Now over 50, Nadide once chose marraige over college and a career, and struggles to keep her family together.  After reading an article in the paper, Nadide enrolls in college and finds herself on a journey setting sail for a new start at life with a group of young and mysterious captains. Join Nadide as she jumps into the deep! 



Nausea / Bulantı

Turkish with English Subtitles, 116 minutes, 2015

Pre-screening reception and post-screening Q&A with Zeki Demirkubuz 

Friday, April 1, 2016, 5:30pm

Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz

Ahmet, a prominent intellectual, lost his wife and daughter in a traffic accident which happened while he was spending the night with his lover. As a person who cares about nothing and bows to nothing, Ahmet is not much affected by this tragic event and goes on with his life. After a while, without any apparent reason, he experiences certain changes in himself and his life. Small mishaps, strange misfortunes happen one after another. He is not on good terms with the woman he loves very much anymore. He has difficulties facing life and reveals unexpected weaknesses.



Remake Remix Rip-Off: About Copy Culture & Turkish Pop Cinema / Motör

Turkish with English Subtitles, 96 minutes, 2014

Post-screening Q&A with Cem Kaya 


Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:30pm

Directed by Cem Kaya

Showing for the first time in New York, Cem Kaya's vibrant documentary Remake, Remix, Rip-Off offers an entertaining essay on Turkish popular cinema through the years and the role of "copy culture" in Yeşilçam, the Turkish film industry. Through abundant film excerpts and interviews with actors and filmmakers, this documentary revisits the wild heyday of Turkish cinema in the sixties and seventies, back when Yeşilçam was producing hundreds of titles annually. Name any Western hit film, there's a Turkish version to it, be it Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Wars.  If Luke Skywalker hits one time, Turkish action hero Cüneyt Arkın hits a hundred times and we know, he means it!



Turkish with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014


Saturday, April 2, 2016, 3:30pm

Directed by Kaan Müjdeci

Showing for the first time in New York, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film FestivalSivas tells the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. Aslan contends for love of Ayse, the "princess" of the village, and Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another. However, as Sivas’s success attracts more attention by the village head, the roles change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crashcourse into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.



Ivy / Sarmaşık 

Turkish with English Subtitles, 104 minutes, 2014

Pre-screening reception and post-screening Q&A with Nadir Sarıbacak  

Saturday, April 2, 2016, 5:30pm

Directed by Tolga Karaçelik

An agency boat is takes on three new crew members to a bulkcarrier named MV Sarmasik (IVY). The ship is aimed to sail to her loading port Egypt, but as she is sailing down south the shipowner goes bankrupt. When the ship reaches the Egyptian port, the captain and everyone else on board learns that there is a lien on the ship and they are not allowed to get on land nor call the port. Due to sea safety regulations, a skeleton crew remains. IVY is the story of these six remaining men on the ship ship for hundred and twenty days. During this period, these men suffer hunger and thirst, face isolation, and day by day paranoia grows amongst them. They argue, divide into groups, transition from wanting to align with the captain to forming an opposition against him... and the ship turns into a hunting ground. 

Lemonade / Limonata

Turkish with English Subtitles, 101 minutes, 2015 

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 12:30pm

Directed by Ali Atay

On his deathbed, Suat, an old truckdriver in Macedonia, requests that his son, Sakip, find his second son, Selim, who he abandoned as a baby. Sakip, upon learning he has a brother, sets off from Macedonia to Istanbul, knowing his only brother's name and an old address. The two brothers fail to hit it off from the first moment on. Sakip tells about their father's last wish, but Selim refuses to travel to Macedonia. However, Sakip is determined to take him to their father before he passes. Seeing that he cannot convince Selim, one night Sakip kidnaps a drunken Selim, takes him car and they hit the road on a hilarious and heart-warming adventure. 




Turkish with English Subtitles, 94 minutes, 2015

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00pm

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven

Early summer in a village in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited teenaged sisters splash about on the beach with their male classmates. Though their games are merely innocent fun, a neighbor passes by and reports what she considers to be illicit behavior to the girls’ family. The family overreacts, removing all “instruments of corruption,” like cell phones and computers, and essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for them to become brides. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. The fierce love between them empowers them to rebel and chase a future where they can determine their own lives in Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s debut, a powerful portrait of female empowerment.



Snow Pirates / Kar Korsanları

Turkish with English Subtitles, 90 minutes, 2015

Post-screening Q&A with Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

Sunday, April 3, 2016, 5:30pm

Directed by Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

It is 1981. Turkey is at the dawn of one of its most atrocious coup d’etats and its hardest winters. In Kars, the people’s need for coal is as acute as their need for freedom. That winter, coal’s value equals almost the same as diamonds. Three children, Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, whose treasury is made up only of their sleds and dreams are about to start a journey in pursuit of coal.

In their search the heroes find intelligence and strength within this struggle. An innocent adventure for resources, situated under the shadow of the coup d’etat, will turn into a landmark journey where they come face-to-face with the realities and responsibilities that coming-of-age brings.