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Turkish filmmaker Ceyda Torun and her cinematographer Charlie Wuppermann must have the patience of saints  to make this enchanting new documentary of theirs, as they stalked and trailed what seemed like thousands of cats that roam the streets of Istanbul for the best part of two months.  What had originally enticed Torun, a native of … Continue reading

The Cut

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The third part of Turkish-German filmmaker Fatih Akin’s trilogy ‘Love, Death and the Devil’ is a slow-winding powerful globe-trotting epic that follows Nazaret Manoogian (French actor Tahar Rahim)  an Armenian blacksmith on his journey to reunite with his family after war has torn them apart.  It starts in 1915 when the Turkish Army carry out … Continue reading

Winter Sleep

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Turkish auteur filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s latest masterful epic is set in the steppes of Cappadocia on the desolate plains of Anatolia, which are heart-stoppingly beautiful. Some of the ancient caves carved into the side of this mountainous terrain have been converted into a Hotel by Aydin, a local landowner retired from acting. It’s the … Continue reading

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