This year’s program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established Turkish filmmakers; many of the screenings will be followed by discussions with the directors. Tolga Karaçelik’s Ivy, which made its world premiere at Sundance, opens the festival. Director Çağan Irmak receives this year’s Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award at a ceremony following the screening of his latest film, A Unique Life. Internationally acclaimed director Zeki Demirkubuz returns to the festival with his latest film, Nausea. Many of the films in this year’s program are award recipients in prestigious international film festivals, including Venice and Tokyo.

All films are in Turkish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted. Programmed by Erkut Gömülü, founder and director of the Boston Turkish Film Festival. Co-presented by the Turkish American Cultural Society of New England.

Above image: film still from Mustang, a nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in this year’s Oscar race!

In This Series

Film Still from Ivy


March 17, 2016
6:30 pm9:00 pm

Ivy (Sarmaşık) by Tolga Karaçelik (2015, 104 min.). The freighter Sarmaşık is to sail to a loading port in Egypt before continuing with her cargo to...


My Grandfather's People
March 18, 2016
4:00 pm6:30 pm

My Grandfather’s People (Dedemin İnsanları) by Çağan Irmak (2011, 123 min.). When he was just seven years old, Mehmet Bey and his family were torn...

Film Still from A Unique Life


BTFF Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award: A Unique Life
March 18, 2016
7:00 pm9:45 pm

A Unique Life (Nadide Hayat) by Çağan Irmak (2014, 118 min). Nadide, a fifty-year-old woman who chose marriage over college and career, becomes...

Film Still from Remos and Zimos


Rimos and Zimos: Peace in Town
March 20, 2016
12:30 pm1:50 pm

Rimos and Zimos: Peace in Town (Rimolar ve Zimolar: Kasabada Barış) by Nermin Er and İsmet Kurtuluş (2015, 73 min.). Rimo and Zimo are two...

Film Still from Lemonade


March 20, 2016
2:30 pm4:45 pm

Lemonade (Limonata) by Ali Atay (2015, 105 min.). Suat, a former truck driver who lives in Macedonia, makes a dying request to his son, Sakip, asking...

Film Still from Mustang


March 23, 2016
7:30 pm9:10 pm

Mustang by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (2015, 97 min.). During the summer in a village in Northern Turkey, Lale and her four sisters are found playing an...

Film Still from Remake, Remix, Rip Off


Remake, Remix, Rip-Off
March 24, 2016
8:00 pm9:40 pm

Remake, Remis, Rip-Off (Motör) by Cem Kaya (2014, 96 min.). Turkey in the 1960s and ’70s was one of the world’s biggest producers of film even though...

Film Still from Yearning


March 25, 2016
7:30 pm9:30 pm

Yearning (Hasret) by Ben Hopkins (2015, 82 min.). A small crew arrives in Istanbul to make a film about the city for a minor TV channel. They set to...

Film Still from Migration


Winners of the 20th BTF Film Competition Awards for Documentaries
March 26, 2016
12:00 pm2:00 pm

Best Documentary Jury Award: Migration Migration (Koçer) by Ramazan Dinler (2015, 20 min.). The film depicts the story of children who are forced to...


Winners of the 20th BTF Film Competition Awards for Short Films
March 26, 2016
2:30 pm4:25 pm

Best Short Film Jury Award: The Next One The Next One (Sıradaki) by Gündüz Sevdi (2015, 15 min.). Umut, who works in the family-owned car repair...

Film Still from Brothers


March 27, 2016
12:30 pm2:30 pm

Brother (Kardeşim Benim) by Mert Baykal (2016, 115 min.). Two brothers, both famous musicians, haven’t seen each other for years until the death of...

Film Still from Until I Lose My Breath


Until I Lose My Breath
March 27, 2016
3:00 pm4:40 pm

Until I Lose My Breath (Nefesim Kesilene Kadar) by Emine Emel Balcı (2015, 94 min.). Serap is a quiet but hotheaded adolescent girl who works long...