“The Butterfly’s Dream” is Turkey’s candidate for the foreign-language film Oscar. It’s a WWII-set romancer about two young poets forced to work in a coal mine who fall in love with the same rich young woman. Pic, budgeted at $15 million, has scored $10 million-plus domestically and has already travelled quite widely.
DIRECTOR: FARUK AKSOY
“Fetih 1453” is a turbans-and-testosterone epic by producer-director Faruk Aksoy about the capture of Constantinople in the 15th century by Ottoman Turks. Turkey’s top 2012 grosser, “Fetih” reportedly cost $18 million and scored $34 million globally, $31 million of which was at the home box office.
“Romantik Komedi,” a glossy crowd-pleaser about three close female friends torn between hopes of meeting their prince charming and the more prosaic realities of amorous relationships. One of the highest- grossing Turkish films of 2010, it has also been released in Austria, Belgium and the U.K., among other territories.
Five Minarets in New York
DIRECTOR: MAHSUN KIRMIZIGUL
“Five Minarets in New York” centers on
two Turkish agents sent to New York
City to capture a terrorist. Helmed by
Turkish-Kurdish pop sensation and thesp
Mahsun Kirmizigul, who also stars, this
2010 pic, reportedly budgeted at $20
million, pulled more than $40 million, half
domestically and the rest internationally.
DIRECTOR: PELIN ESMER
In the arthouse sphere, Pelin Esmer’s sophomore pic, the intimate drama “Watchtower,” about a man and a woman seeking refuge from the world, has won many prizes since preeming in Toronto in 2012, and recently sold to Film Movement for U.S. distribution.