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Two decades of growth

Berlin Daily Spotlight 2013: Pinema Filmcilik @ 20

1992

After working for other firms for almost eight years, Pamir Demirtas lays the groundwork for his own company. A friend suggests he blend Pamir and Cinema for “Pinema.”

1993

Pinema incorporates and sets up office in Beyoglu, the heart of the European side of Istanbul. The company begins with sales of films to TV. Their first theatrical release is “Weekend at Bernies 2” followed by “Les nuits fauves.”

1994

Lands deal with Summit to distribute “The Crow,” which turns out to be a major success. Also releases “Shallow Grave.”

1995-99

Works with PolyGram on “Dead Man Walking,” “Trainspotting,” “Sleepers,” “Bean,” “The Game” and “Notting Hill.”

1999-2003

Works with Beacon to release “End of Days,” “Hurricane” and “13 Days.” Also distributes “U-571” and “House of Sand and Fog.”

2004

Handles Oliver Stone’s “Alexander,” which does very well in Turkey.

2005-06

Works with Summit to distribute “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” Also handles “Good Night and Good Luck” and “Children of Men.”

2007-08

Releases include “Talk to Me,” “Mr. Brooks,” “3:10 to Yuma,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Forbidden Kingdom” and “Resident Evil: Extinction.”

2009

Works with Boyut Film on Mahsun Kirmizigul’s “I Saw the Sun.” Moves headquarters from Beyoglu to Kavacik, on Istanbul’s Asian side, for easier access and a larger office.

2010

Releases Kirmizigul’s “Five Minarets in New York,” the biggest Turkish film of the year. Works with Turkish Ministry of Culture to organize Turkish Film Days in Miami, an event it repeats in 2012.

2011

Adem Kilic’s “Sumela’s Code: Temel” attracts 2 million viewers and $9 million at the box office. Demirtas is executive producer for Fox’s German production, “What a Man.”

2012

Opens PinemaArt to work with films that require special distribution models, including art house and limited-release projects. Richard Linkater’s “Bernie” and Yimou Zhang’s “Flowers of War” are distributed under the label.

2013

Upcoming releases include Steven Soderbergh’s “Side Effects,” Fisher Stevens’ “Stand Up Guys,” Walter Hill’s Sylvester Stallone vehicle “Bullet to the Head,” Erol Ozlevi’s “Romantic Comedy 2: Goodbye to Bachelorhood,” the Elizabeth Banks and Steven Brill comedy “Movie 43” and Martin McDonagh’s “Seven Psychopaths” featuring Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

Berlin Daily Spotlight 2013: Pinema Filmcilik @ 20
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