Turkish Submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by thebalkabaa | created - 11 Mar 2012 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Turkey has never been nominated and has been shortlisted only once for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This list includes all the films submitted to AMPAS by the Turkish committee.

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1. Three Monkeys (2008)

Not Rated | 109 min | Drama

73 Metascore

A family suffers from a major communication breakdown during their struggle to get through their hardships.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Yavuz Bingöl, Hatice Aslan, Ahmet Rifat Sungar, Ercan Kesal

Votes: 20,094 | Gross: $0.04M

Submitted for the 81st Academy Awards. Made the Shortlist.

2. Commitment (2019)

135 min | Drama

Asli, a young mother who is trying to find a nanny to get back to work, finally meets young Gulnihal. Gulnihal is also a mother. With Gulnihal coming into her life, Asli faces her secrets which she has been avoiding herself.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Kubra Kip, Ece Yüksel, Umut Kurt, Almina Kavci

Votes: 179

Submitted for the 92nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

3. The Wild Pear Tree (2018)

188 min | Drama

86 Metascore

An unpublished writer returns to his hometown after graduating, where he seeks sponsors to publish his book while dealing with his father's deteriorating indulgence into gambling.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Dogu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Bennu Yildirimlar, Hazar Ergüçlü

Votes: 20,529 | Gross: $0.03M

Submitted for the 91st Academy Awards. Not nominated.

4. Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017)

125 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ... See full summary »

Director: Can Ulkay | Stars: Çetin Tekindor, Ismail Hacioglu, Kyung-jin Lee, Kim Seol

Votes: 33,891

Submitted for the 90th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

5. Cold of Kalandar (2015)

130 min | Drama

"Cold of Kalandar" pictures within a unique pastoral atmosphere the realist, passionate and emotional story of Mehmet and his family living far from modern life, in a mountain village.

Director: Mustafa Kara | Stars: Haydar Sisman, Nuray Yesilaraz, Hanife Kara, Ibrahim Kuvvet

Votes: 1,546

Submitted for the 89th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

6. Sivas (2014)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

An eleven-year-old boy and a weathered fighting dog develop a strong relationship after the boy finds the dog wounded in a ditch, left to die.

Director: Kaan Müjdeci | Stars: Okan Avci, Cakir, Ezgi Ergin, Banu Fotocan

Votes: 2,924

Submitted for the 88th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

7. Winter Sleep (2014)

Not Rated | 196 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A hotel owner and landlord in a remote Turkish village deals with conflicts within his family and a tenant behind on his rent.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Ayberk Pekcan

Votes: 46,252 | Gross: $0.17M

Submitted for the 87th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

8. The Butterfly's Dream (2013)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

In a small Turkish town, two young tuberculous poets try to survive while publishing their poems. As they both fall in love, their life would never be the same.

Director: Yilmaz Erdogan | Stars: Kivanç Tatlitug, Mert Firat, Belçim Bilgin, Farah Zeynep Abdullah

Votes: 20,068

Submitted for the 86th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

Submitted for the 85th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

10. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)

Not Rated | 157 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A group of men set out in search of a dead body in the Anatolian steppes.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan

Votes: 41,801 | Gross: $0.14M

Submitted for the 84th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

11. Honey (2010)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama

70 Metascore

The quiet life of a boy and his family is endangered when his father does not return home from his work collecting honey in the forest.

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Bora Altas, Erdal Besikçioglu, Tülin Özen, Ayse Altay

Votes: 6,766

Submitted for the 83rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

12. I Saw the Sun (2009)

120 min | Drama

In the southeast region of Turkey, the Altun family lives in a small mountainside village plagued by a 25-year war, making their daily life a hellish struggle. As the war continues to ... See full summary »

Director: Mahsun Kirmizigül | Stars: Mahsun Kirmizigül, Demet Evgar, Murat Ünalmis, Cemal Toktas

Votes: 9,452

Submitted for the 82nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

13. Takva: A Man's Fear of God (2006)

96 min | Drama

A promotion brings a Muslim's relationship with God into question.

Director: Özer Kiziltan | Stars: Erkan Can, Meray Ülgen, Güven Kiraç, Öznur Kula

Votes: 11,956

Submitted for the 80th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

14. Ice Cream, I Scream (2005)

100 min | Comedy

Ali, who is ice cream salesman in Mugla, tries to survive in the face of fierce competition from the big ice cream brands. While trying to promote his ice cream, he tours the village with ... See full summary »

Director: Yüksel Aksu | Stars: Nejat Altinsoy, Mehmet Amca, Levent Aras, Ayse Aslan

Votes: 5,760

Submitted for the 79th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

15. Lovelorn (2005)

142 min | Drama

A single mother with a child meets a retired teacher who tries to keep pace with his new life and to protect them from her ex-husband.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Meltem Cumbul, Sener Sen, Timuçin Esen, Güven Kiraç

Votes: 9,508

Submitted for the 78th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

16. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 19,066 | Gross: $0.10M

Submitted for the 76th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

17. 9 (2002)

91 min | Crime, Mystery, Drama

Cops question six people about the rape and murder of a beautiful vagrant

Director: Ümit Ünal | Stars: Ali Poyrazoglu, Cezmi Baskin, Serra Yilmaz, Fikret Kuskan

Votes: 1,627

Submitted for the 75th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

18. Big Man, Little Love (2001)

120 min | Drama

Hejar, meaning "Dispossessed", a little Kurdish orphan war victim, educates a Turkish judge!

Director: Handan Ipekçi | Stars: Sükran Güngör, Dilan Erçetin, Füsun Demirel, Yildiz Kenter

Votes: 1,597

Submitted for the 74th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

19. A Run for Money (1999)

100 min | Drama

The monotonous life of Selim,a shirt store owner changes when he finds a suitcase full of American dollars in a taxi.

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Taner Birsel, Bennu Yildirimlar, Zuhal Gencer, Engin Alkan

Votes: 3,179

Submitted for the 73rd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

20. Salkim Hanim'in Taneleri (1999)

120 min | Drama, History

The film is set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand non-Muslims, ... See full summary »

Director: Tomris Giritlioglu | Stars: Zafer Algöz, Hülya Avsar, Güven Kiraç, Zuhal Olcay

Votes: 1,276

Submitted for the 72nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

21. The Bandit (1996)

128 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baran the Bandit, released from prison after 35 years, searches for vengeance and his lover.

Director: Yavuz Turgul | Stars: Sener Sen, Ugur Yücel, Sermin Hürmeriç, Yesim Salkim

Votes: 63,894

Submitted for the 70th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

22. Tarzan of Manisa (1994)

101 min | Biography, Drama

Ahmet Bedevi, also known as Tarzan of Manisa, was born in 1900 in Baghdad to become a soldier, fighting in the War of Independence and honored with a medal. He returned to a ruined and ... See full summary »

Director: Orhan Oguz | Stars: Talat Bulut, Serap Saglar, Pinar Afsar, Ayton Sert

Votes: 131

Submitted for the 67th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

23. The Blue Exile (1993)

108 min | Biography, Drama

Cevat Sakir is an exile punished for publishing an article regarding that government executed deserters from army, subsequently he was sent to Bodrum where he realized Bodrum is a heavenly ... See full summary »

Director: Erden Kiral | Stars: Halil Ergün, Özay Fecht, Tatiana Papamoschou, Ayse Romey

Votes: 156

Submitted for the 66th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

24. Piano Piano Kid (1991)

81 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

In 1940's Turkey, the world in the eyes of a child.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Rutkay Aziz, Emin Sivas, Serap Aksoy, Yaman Okay

Votes: 1,721

Submitted for the 65th Academy Awards. Not nominated.

25. Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Ozan Bilen, Nur Sürer, Füsun Demirel, Güzin Özipek

Votes: 6,160

Submitted for the 62nd Academy Awards. Not nominated.

26. Dry Summer (1963)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

A tobacco farmer tries to ruin his competitors crops by diverting water to his property.

Director: Metin Erksan | Stars: Erol Tas, Hülya Koçyigit, Ulvi Dogan, Alaettin Altiok

Votes: 3,997

Submitted for the 37th Academy Awards. Not nominated.



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