A non-profit film archive in the Greek capital of Athens organized a film week on October 23-29 to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Turkish cinema.

The Turkish Film Festival took place in the Greek Film Archive -- a non-profit cultural organization -- under the auspices of the Embassy of Turkey in Athens and the Consulate General in Piraeus, in collaboration with the Global Institute of Mass Communication and with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Tourism and Culture.

Cinema fans had the opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest creations of the Turkish cinema which has a well-deserved standing in the international film arena with prizes, international awards, participation in festivals, and a growing number of tickets in world theaters.

Fourteen movies were shown during the festival, with a collection of award-winning movies that through time have confirmed their indelible value.

The opening of the event began with the movie “I am not me” -- a Turkish-Greek production. The film has taken part in 24 international film festivals and has won the Best Film and Best Screenplay at the International Istanbul Film Festival.

Movies that have won world wide recognition like ‘’The Bride”-- Gelin -- directed by Omer Lutfi Akad, in 1973 with the well known Turkish actress Hulya Kocyigit and “The Girl with the red scarf” -- Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalim -- directed by Atif Yilmaz with the unique actress Turkan Soray, were shown during the festival.

The two well known actresses Kocyigit and Soray were present during the shows of their movies. 

Throughout the festival the public had the opportunity to talk to well known actors/actresses from the Turkish film industry.

The festival hosted also a poster exhibition on the 100 years of Turkish cinema, where film enthusiasts took a "tour" in a flashback on the Turkish cinema.

The exhibition of 40 posters portrayed the most legendary and characteristic creations of Turkish Film, or Yesilcam, as it is called in Turkey.

Anadolu Agency