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STX Inks China & Euro Deals On Charles Dance-Narrated Docu-Drama ‘Rise Of Empires: Ottoman’ — Mipcom

STX Inks China & Euro Deals On Charles Dance-Narrated Docu-Drama ‘Rise Of Empires: Ottoman’ — Mipcom
Exclusive: STXtv has sold docu-drama series Rise of Empires: Ottoman to Youku for China, Viasat World for Central & Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Baltics, Russia and Cis, and Sic for Portugal.

The six-hour English-language production, narrated by Charles Dance (Game Of Thrones), tells the story of Mehmed II, who at 21 years-old became known as Mehmed the Conqueror, chronicling his fabled rise from 13-year-old Child Sultan to toppling Constantinople and becoming the ruler of the Ottoman Empire.

The show, produced by Karga Seven Pictures in association with STXtv, debuted in most markets on Netflix earlier this year. Turkish distributor Global Agency previously acquired Latin American distribution rights from STX.

The series was shot in multiple locations in Turkey, facilitated by Karga Seven’s Turkish production outfit.

Jada Miranda of STXtv said: “Rise of Empires: Ottoman has the kind of universal appeal and exciting, thrilling storytelling that has connected with audiences globally, bringing a
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Turkish actress Damla Sonmez to star in Netflix docudrama ‘Ottoman Rising’

Turkish actress Damla Sonmez to star in Netflix docudrama ‘Ottoman Rising’
Award-winning Turkish actress Damla Sönmez (“Sibel”) will star in the upcoming six-part Netflix docudrama “Ottoman Rising,” set during the reign of Mehmed II, also known as Mehmed the Conquerer. The series will be helmed by Emre Şahin.

The Circassian beauty is also producing several short films, directed by Ali Tansu Turhan. “Don’t Get Me Wrong” is completed and about to start its festival journey, while “Second Night,” inspired by Doestoyevski’s “White Nights,” is in post.

Meanwhile, “Sibel,” a prize-winner in Locarno, Adana and Hamburg, will open in Turkey on Feb. 22 and in France March 6.
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‘Ladies in Black’, ‘Gurrumul’, ‘Breath’ and ‘Mary Magdalene’ up for Apsa Awards

Bruce Beresford, nominated for Achievement in Directing at the Apsa Awards, on the set of ‘Ladies in Black’. (Photo courtesy of Sony Pictures Releasing).

Four Australian films – Ladies in Black, Gurrumul, Breath and Mary Magdalene – have received nominations for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards, to be held in Brisbane in November.

Overall, 46 films from 22 countries have been nominated for the awards, which celebrate films from the region.

The Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, from Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu, is the only film to receive three nominations, including Best Feature Film, Best Screenplay and Achievement in Directing. It will compete for Best Feature Film against Burning (Korea), The Gentle Indifference of the World, Balangiga: Howling Wilderness (Philippines) and Manta Ray.

Competing against Kore-eda for the directing award is Australia’s Bruce Beresford, nominated for his work on 1960s comedy drama Ladies in Black. Also up in the category are Nadine Labaki
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​'Sibel', 'Butterflies', 'The Announcement' and 'Burning' triumph at Adana Film Festival

Turkish film festival celebrated 25th edition this year.

Directorial duo Cagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s drama Sibel and Tolga Karacelik’s quirky road movie Butterflies were among the top winners at the Adana International Film Festival (Sept 22-30) over the weekend.

Sibel – revolving around an ostracised, mute young woman living in a mountain village whose life is transformed when she helps an injured fugitive in hiding - won the festival’s Golden Boll for best film in the national competition focused on Turkish cinema.

Damla Sönmez won best actress for her performance as the titular Sibel, while Emin Gürsoy
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Off Set 2018 Tiff Portrait Series: Sibel

Our final portrait before we go “mute”, Franco-Turkish filmmaker team Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti made their way from Locarno Film Fest into Tiff’s Contemporary World Cinema section with Sibel – their third feature after the Cannes Acid section selected Noor (2012) and Ningen – which was selected for Tiff back in 2013. Tipped by the fest as a “modern-day Cinderella story of female empowerment” starring Damla Sönmez. Çagla and Guillaume were on hand for the Tiff premiere. Here is our photo of the pairing — but apart.…
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Film Review: ‘Sibel’

Film Review: ‘Sibel’
Three years ago, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s handsomely made yet exoticizing “Mustang” reinforced a Western idea of rural Turkish life and was received with general acclaim away from home, proving that a filmmaker’s local origins don’t exclude an internalized brand of orientalism. That’s even truer with “Sibel,” Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s third feature, the first one shot in Zencirci’s country of birth. Weaving together folklore, gender roles and a fitful kind of emancipation in the story of a mute young woman desperate to counter the ostracism of her fellow villagers, the writer-director couple have created an attractive package that doesn’t hold up to close inspection. Even so, thanks to the extensive use of an intriguing whistle language, and given the way it buttresses Western narrative notions of Asia Minor, the film has a good chance of garnering international art-house attention.

The movie’s
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Locarno Review: ‘Sibel’ is a Perceptive, Timely Allegorical Drama

Reception can be pretty unreliable atop the mountains of Turkey’s Black Sea Region, so the women picking tea leaves in Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti’s timely allegorical drama Sibel have resorted to another method: they whistle. Not just plain one-note chirps, but elaborate and melodic trills-packed conversations that relay anything from a heads-up to some gossip on the village newlyweds. It’s an original escamotage of guaranteed comedic effect, which the directing duo translate via subtitles. But while the community of women farmers treat it as a mere alternative to verbal chats, for one of them, 25-year-old Sibel (a terrific Damla Sönmez) whistling is the only way she can communicate.

Born mute and raised by single father Emin (Emin Gürsoy) with her younger sister Fatma (Elit İşcan), Sibel walks the remote community as a pariah who, in the kind words of fellow women farmers, brings “bad luck.” Just
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'Across the Sea' Needs a Final Push Before Slamdance Premiere

'Across the Sea' Needs a Final Push Before Slamdance Premiere
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress -- at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. Across the Sea Tweetable Logline: A Turkish immigrant living in New York with her husband, Damla must now return to her homeland & confront a troubling secret from her past. Elevator Pitch: Across The Sea is an award-winning first feature directed by Esra Saydam and Nisan Dag that will be making its North American premiere at the 2015 Slamdance Film Festival. A Turkish immigrant estranged from her homeland, Damla, lives in New York City with her husband Kevin, expecting their first child. But with the memories of a first love continuing to haunt her, Damla returns to Turkey and confronts a troubling secret from her past. The film features Turkish television star,
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The 2015 Slamdance Film Festival announces its lineup

While the Sundance Film Festival is the better known film festival located in Utah that runs in January, it is not the only one, as the Slamdance Film Festival has been running in the same place during the same month for over 20 years. The unique aspect of the Slamdance Film Festival, however, is its Narrative Features and Documentary Features program, which restricts its selection to films that are directorial debuts, made for under $1 million, and don’t have Us distribution. The 2015 incarnation of the festival is set to run from January 23rd to the 29th, and ahead of the festival’s premiere next month, organisers have unveiled the lineup for the aforementioned categories. The lineup is as follows.

Narrative Features Program:

Across The Sea (Turkey/USA), making its North American Premiere

Written and Directed by Nisan Dağ and Esra Saydam

Starring Damla Sönmez, Jacob Fishel, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, Hakan Karsak,
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Slamdance 2015 unveils line-up

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Festival top brass announced the 19 films that will screen at the Slamdance Film Festival, set to run in Park City, Utah, from January 23-29.

The 11 narrative and eight documentary selections include 13 world premieres. All competition films are feature directorial debuts budgeted below $1m without Us distribution.

“It’s very exciting to bring this dynamic lineup to audiences in Park City,” said festival director Anna Germanidi. “We are proud to help launch these filmmakers’ careers and celebrate the success we all believe these films deserve.”

“Our success in showcasing emerging artists is most obviously linked with American talent, but increasingly at Slamdance, we want to also support new international talent,” said co-founder and president Peter Baxter.

All synopses below provided by Slamdance.

Narrative Features

Across The Sea (Turkey-usa)

Dirs Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam

Young, beautiful and pregnant, Damla has to confront her first love in a Turkish summer town before she can fully embrace her new life in
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Slamdance Announces its 2015 Narrative and Documentary Slates

The initial lineups for the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival are here via Variety‘s Dave McNary. This year’s edition sports 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three Us premieres; their statuses are noted below. For trailers and links to more information as available, turn to Fandor’s David Hudson. Narrative Features Program Across the Sea. Directors & Screenwriters: Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam. (Turkey/USA). North American Premiere. Young, beautiful and pregnant, Damla has to confront her first love in a Turkish summer town before she can fully embrace her new life in New York. Cast: Damla Sönmez, Jacob Fishel, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, Hakan […]
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Slamdance Announces its 2015 Narrative and Documentary Slates

The initial lineups for the 21st edition of the Slamdance Film Festival are here via Variety‘s Dave McNary. This year’s edition sports 13 world premieres, two North American premieres and three Us premieres; their statuses are noted below. For trailers and links to more information as available, turn to Fandor’s David Hudson. Narrative Features Program Across the Sea. Directors & Screenwriters: Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam. (Turkey/USA). North American Premiere. Young, beautiful and pregnant, Damla has to confront her first love in a Turkish summer town before she can fully embrace her new life in New York. Cast: Damla Sönmez, Jacob Fishel, Ahmet Rıfat Şungar, Hakan […]
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Slamdance Fest Sets Slate

Slamdance Fest Sets Slate
The Sundance Film Festival dominates Park City in late January, but there is also the upstart Slamdance Film Festival. We’ve not really highlighted that fest or its program, but I always stay at Treasure Mountain Inn where Slamdance is headquartered and they’ve kind of grown on me. Last year they brought Christopher Nolan to speak (the fest had the good sense to program his first film) and Joe Mangianello came to vamp his male stripper docu. This year, there’s every chance of seeing Dennis Rodman, the flamboyant former rebounding machine and Bff of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for the docu Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang In Pyongyang. So let’s all root for an international incident! Here are the films they’ll be playing from January 23-29:

Narrative Features Program

Across the Sea – Directors & Screenwriters: Nisan Dağ, Esra Saydam. (Turkey/USA) North American Premiere.
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