The Good, the Bad and the Simply Irresistible

Helena Kane Finn reviews an epic soap, Black Money Love (Kara Para Aşk)

By Helena Kane Finn | March 27, 2021

Well before the pandemic imposed a night-time curfew on Turkish streets (writes Andrew Finkel), there were many who went voluntarily into lockdown certain evenings of the week to watch their favourite television series. The Turkish dizi is a cultural phenomenon – somewhere between a soap opera and an epic – but an...
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Out from Turkey: Alchemy Festival

Experimental work from Turkish filmmakers

By Julie W | May 6, 2019

Sunday  5 May, Towermill Cinema, Hawick, Scottish Borders. A selection of shorts demonstrating a range of formal strategies presently at play in the experimental work of Turkish filmmakers.  Specially curated on behalf of Cornucopia by Julie Witford, the screening was both well attended and well received. Eyup Ozkan’s Multiple Projection:...
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Pomegranates bitten and seen

Jamie Leptien on the Pera Museum’s homage to Parajanov

By Jamie Leptien | February 9, 2019

Sergei Parajanov’s Repentance (Variations on themes by Pinturicchio and Raphael), 1989 (courtesy of the Pera Museum) Occupying the fourth and fifth floors of Istanbul’s Pera Museum until March 17, Parajanov with Sarkis is an...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, Where the Art is


Didem Pekün's haunting film elegy

By Julie Witford | May 7, 2018

Two art film directors from Turkey were represented at this year’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival in the Scottish Borders: Didem Pekün, with Araf (UK premiere), and Nazlı Dinçel, with Shape of a Surface. Araf follows the diary of a ghostly character, Nayia, who returns to Bosnia for the 22nd...
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Rewarding reads: March and April 2017

A revealing relief, must-try Turkish dishes and the perfect day in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2017

In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month (or two, in this case). A relief uncovered by chance in eastern Anatolia has led archaeologists to revise the history of Harput, reports Hurriyet Daily News. Subsequent examinations...
Posted in Archaeology, Culinary Arts, Film, Music & Performing Arts, Obituaries

!f Istanbul: The Arts Diary Preview

By Cornucopia TR | February 20, 2011

This review must begin by examining the joke of a title that is !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival. What makes this festival independent?  Is it that it is run by AFM Cinemas, Turkey’s largest cinema chain which generally ignores anything resembling independent film? Or perhaps we can thank its primary...
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Jafar Panahi retrospective at Istanbul Modern

By Cornucopia TR | February 1, 2011

On 3 and 10 February, Istanbul Modern Cinema will be running a series of films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi. A leading member of the Iranian New Wave of filmmakers, Panahi's work is often described as neorealism with a politically engaged Iranian twist. His first film, The White Balloon, won...
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“Architecture on Screen” at the Center for Architecture, New York

By Cornucopia TR | January 21, 2011

For aficionados of Islamic architecture both old and new, this could be interesting. On 28 January, as part of the "Architecture on Screen" selection of highlights from the 28th Montréal International Festival of Films on Art, the Center for Architecture will be showing documentaries concerning the work of two very...
Posted in Film, Islamic Art
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