Exhibition sheds light on legendary director's life

Published 07.06.2016 00:17
Updated 07.06.2016 00:18

Istanbul Modern Cinema initiated a new project, "Masters of Cinema in Turkey," which is dedicated to the directors that have played important roles in the development of Turkish cinema. The first guest for the series is Lütfi Akad, who has come to be known as the "masterless master" and is a pioneer of the "Filmmakers' Era" of cinema in Turkey. An archive exhibition will be presented within the scope of the project commemorating the director's 100th birthday. Taking a look at the Lütfi Akad's work, whose filmography and 95-year life reflect the story of Turkish cinema, the exhibition will be held in the cinema foyer with 100 pieces of archive material such as production stills, film stills, original scripts and posters from Akad's filmography that have not seen the light of day until now. This material is accompanied by the director's own words describing his films. Akad's aptitude for observation can be seen in his films as well as his memoirs. Shedding light on the birth of Yeşilçam and its conditions, his writings and interviews serve as narrator of the exhibition. A film program will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition of 10 films, including a documentary, for which he stepped behind the camera for the last time in 1990 and which was lost for many years. Held with support from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, "Masters of Cinema in Turkey: Lütfi Akad" is curated by Istanbul Modern's director of cinema division, Müge Turan. The catalogue, exclusively compiled for the exhibition, sheds light on an era of Turkish cinema.

When: Until Dec. 31

Where: Istanbul Modern

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