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Salkim Hanim'in Taneleri (1999)

Set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi (Property Tax-1942) where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Zafer Algöz ... Durmus
Hülya Avsar ... Nora / Halit's wife
Güven Kiraç Güven Kiraç ... Bekir / Halit's assistant
Zuhal Olcay Zuhal Olcay ... Nefise / Halit's mistress
Kamran Usluer Kamran Usluer ... Mr. Halit / Businessman
Ugur Polat ... Levon / Nora's brother(dry-goods dealer)
Derya Alabora Derya Alabora ... Nimet / Durmus's wife
Murat Daltaban Murat Daltaban ... Artin / Clarinetist
Nurseli Idiz ... Singer / Prostitute
Yavuz Bingöl ... Soldier (as Yavuz Bingol)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramazan Akboga Ramazan Akboga ... Driver
Elvin Besikcioglu Elvin Besikcioglu ... Taciser
Ali Erkazan Ali Erkazan
Gokcen Gokcebag ... Rüstem
Muharrem Gulmez Muharrem Gulmez ... Sabit Pasha / Halit's father


Set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi (Property Tax-1942) where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand non-Muslims, who could not pay the amount demanded for the tax within the time-limit of thirty days, were arrested and sent to a forced labor camp in Askale in the Erzurum Province of eastern Turkey. Twenty-one of these laborers died there. The movie is in Turkish with some parts in Armenian. It follows the plight of a family and traces how they were affected by the tax and other policies directed at non-Muslim ethnic minorities: Durmus and Nimet are in the grip of poverty in a village of Central Anatolia. They move to Istanbul, a metropolitan city for better life and take shelter behind their fellow countryman, Bekir. He is the concierge in an inn of Halit Bey, a rich businessman. He finds a job as a porter for Durmus. This favor will create a break in the fortunes of all inhabitants. Durmus is an ... Written by lament

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Salkim's Diamonds See more »

Filming Locations:

Askale, Erzurum, Turkey See more »

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Avsar Film See more »
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Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000. See more »

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9 January 2000 | by leandrosSee all my reviews

The biggest success of this Turkish movie, a big hit thanks to its popular stars, is that it is the sole film ever made on one of the darkest and least openly discussed era of Turkish history. The mandatory "super tax" imposed in 1940s on everyone, but most exercised on the non-Muslims was publicly made known to the Turkish people through the eye of a female director, experienced in making documentaries for the Turkish state TV.

The dialogues, the acting and some of the landscapes are truly amazing, but the sound department fails.

With its ups and downs, this movie will still be one of the best and the most controversial Turkish movie in 1999.

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