10+ Turkish Films You Need to See Right Now

10+ Turkish Films You Need to See Right Now

Berfin Ceren Meray
April 27 2023 - 02:33pm

Turkey has a rich and diverse cultural heritage, with a film industry that is becoming increasingly recognized around the world. From award-winning dramas to heartwarming comedies, Turkish cinema offers something for every taste. If you're looking to delve into Turkish cinema, here are twelve films you need to see right now

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1. "Winter Sleep" (2014)

1.	"Winter Sleep" (2014)

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 'Winter Sleep' won the Palme d'Or at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. Set in a remote hotel in the Cappadocia region, the film explores themes of guilt, morality, and the human condition. The stellar cast includes Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, and Demet Akbağ.

2. "The Wild Pear Tree" (2018)

2.	"The Wild Pear Tree" (2018)

Also directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 'The Wild Pear Tree' tells the story of a young man named Sinan who returns to his hometown to become a writer. The film examines the complexities of family relationships, the struggle for artistic expression, and the changing face of Turkey. Aydın Doğu Demirkol stars as Sinan.

3. "Sivas" (2014)

3.	"Sivas" (2014)

Directed by Kaan Müjdeci, 'Sivas' is a touching tale of a boy and his dog. The film follows eleven-year-old Aslan, who befriends a fighting dog named Sivas. Aslan's bond with Sivas becomes increasingly important as he struggles to cope with the realities of his life in a rural Turkish town.

4. "Mustang" (2015

4.	"Mustang" (2015

Directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, 'Mustang' tells the story of five sisters growing up in a conservative Turkish village. The film explores themes of gender, sexuality, and individuality, as the sisters struggle against the expectations placed upon them by their community. Güneş Şensoy, Doğa Doğuşlu, and Elit İşcan star as the sisters.

5. "A Touch of Spice" (2003)

5.	"A Touch of Spice" (2003)

Directed by Tassos Boulmetis, 'A Touch of Spice' is a heartwarming tale of family, food, and nostalgia. The film follows a Greek chef named Fanis, who returns to his hometown in Turkey to reunite with his grandfather and childhood sweetheart. Georges Corraface, Ieroklis Michaelidis, and Renia Louizidou star in the film.

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6. "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (2011)

6.	"Once Upon a Time in Anatolia" (2011)

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 'Once Upon a Time in Anatolia' is a gripping crime drama set in rural Turkey. The film follows a group of investigators as they search for a missing person, and gradually reveals the complexities and secrets of the local community. The cast includes Muhammet Uzuner, Yılmaz Erdoğan, and Taner Birsel.

7. "Head-On" (2004)

7.	"Head-On" (2004)

Directed by Fatih Akin, 'Head-On' is a raw and emotional drama about two Turkish-German immigrants in Hamburg. The film explores themes of identity, family, and love, as the two protagonists struggle to find their place in a society that is often hostile towards them. Birol Ünel and Sibel Kekilli star as the lead characters.

8. "My Father and My Son" (2005)

8.	"My Father and My Son" (2005)

Directed by Çağan Irmak, 'My Father and My Son' is a poignant family drama that spans three generations. The film follows a father and son who struggle to reconnect after a tragic event tears them apart. The cast includes Fikret Kuşkan, Çetin Tekindor, and Hümeyra.

9. "Three Monkeys" (2008)

9.	"Three Monkeys" (2008)

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 'Three Monkeys' is a tense psychological drama that explores the consequences of a hit-and-run accident. The film follows a politician who asks his driver to take the blame for the accident, leading to a web of deceit and guilt. The cast includes Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, and Ahmet Rifat Şungar.

10. "The Butterfly's Dream" (2013)

10.	"The Butterfly's Dream" (2013)

Directed by Yılmaz Erdoğan, 'The Butterfly's Dream' is a romantic drama set during World War II. The film tells the story of two poets who fall in love with the same woman, while navigating the political and social upheaval of their time. Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ, Mert Fırat, and Belçim Bilgin star in the film.

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11. "Bal" (2010)

11.	"Bal" (2010)

Directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu, 'Bal' is a visually stunning film about a young boy and his beekeeper father. The film explores themes of nature, tradition, and the passing of knowledge from one generation to the next. The cast includes Bora Altaş, Erdal Beşikçioğlu, and Tülin Özen.

12. "The Edge of Heaven" (2007)

12.	"The Edge of Heaven" (2007)

Directed by Fatih Akin, 'The Edge of Heaven' is a multi-narrative drama that explores the intersections of Turkish and German culture. The film follows several characters whose lives are intertwined by coincidence and fate, as they struggle to come to terms with their pasts and their relationships with each other. The cast includes Nurgül Yeşilçay, Baki Davrak, and Tuncel Kurtiz.

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