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Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)

Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altinda (original title)
The story takes us back to the 17th century Istanbul, and the powerful times of the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Murad IV. Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, Logari Celebi, Bekri Mustafa and... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Ege Aydan ...
Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi
Okan Bayülgen ...
Lagari Hasan Çelebi
Beatriz Rico ...
Francesca
Savas Ay ...
Bekri Mustafa
Burak Sergen ...
Murad IV, sultan of Ottoman Empire
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Akasya Asiltürkmen ...
Hezarfen Ahmet 's Sister
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Evliya Çelebi
Altan Günbay
Berke Hürcan ...
Musa
Tuncel Kurtiz ...
Recep Pasha, Topal
Zuhal Olcay ...
Kösem Sultan
Giovanni Scognamillo
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The story takes us back to the 17th century Istanbul, and the powerful times of the Ottoman Empire under the rule of Sultan Murad IV. Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi, Logari Celebi, Bekri Mustafa and Evliya Celebi are four good friends who do research to enable human beings to fly. During the sea battle which took place between the Ottoman Empire and the Italians, a ship which had been seized in the Mediterranean Sea is brought to Istanbul, and a young wounded lady named Francesca, the daughter of the killed Captain, becomes a slave for Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi. Hezarfen heals Francesca's wounds, who has been working on deciphering Leonardo DA Vinci's works in Rome and soon, although she is mute, they start working to find out the secret of flying. Meanwhile they fall in love with each other. The film, also illustrate the days of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. In a very strict and powerful environment, the principal four characters struggle to realize their dream, and among the generous ... Written by camoka

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Great movie with beautiful acting
29 May 2002 | by (Izmir, Turkey) – See all my reviews

The director, Mustafa Altioklar, developed himself in the recent years by making extraordinary-to-Turkish-cinema movies and made a point of view to the life on these movies. When you see them, you'll find a very dark atmosphere, people suffering and rebellious, great fear, fury and vengeance which attract you in a mysterious way. The words that the characters speak take you to a chaotic world of a poem.

Istanbul Kanatlarimin Altnda is a typical Altioklar film that has all these properties making it attractive. And also glorious poetic acting by Ege Aydan, Okan Bayülgen, Burak Sergen and Haluk Bilginer make watching it a must. I strongly advise it.


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