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Istanbul Beneath My Wings (1996)
"Istanbul kanatlarimin altinda" (original title)

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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... 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
...
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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Entertaining nonsense
16 November 2009 | by (Ankara, Turkey) – See all my reviews

Turkish filmmaker Mustafa Altioklar ("Ağır Roman" & "Beyza'nın Kadınları") followed his feature debut "Denize Hançer Düştü" with this curios retelling of the legendary tale of the Ottoman Turkish brothers Hezârfen Ahmed and Lagari Hasan Çelebi who according to a brief mention in the works of the notoriously unreliable Evliyâ Çelebi achieved the first manned glider and rocket flight respectively in the early 17th century.

The affable Ege Aydan puts in a fine performance as the eccentric polymath, with strong support from Okan Bayülgen as his apparently deranged brother, the gorgeous Beatriz Rico as his Italian love interest, Savas Ay as his drinking companion, Haluk Bilginer as the dubious narrator and a 1996 Ankara International Film Festival Best Supporting Actor winning turn from Burak Sergen as the Sultan.

The director has little to build on with these supposedly great historical events apparently only warranting a couple of lines in the travelogue of a single writer but many Turks still cling to them as gospel and here they are spun out into a cheap and cheerful epic of the inspired scientist pursuing a dream in defiance of the rulers that is sure to inspire the nation if not the cynical outsider.

There is a mystery other than all those solved so far.


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