A Tribute to Director Ömer Lütfi Akad


Digitally restored version of a Turkish cinema classic, first screening in North America

Why Can't I Be Tarkovsky | Neden Tarkovski Olamiyorum | Murat Duzgunoglu | Boston Turkish Film Festival

The Bride, telling the story of a family from Yozgat who migrated to Istanbul, their efforts to fit in the new living conditions, and their struggle for survival, is one of the best examples of migration stories in the Turkish Cinema. “The Bride”, the first installment of Ömer Lütfi Akad's internationally-renowned trilogy, is readily accepted as the most successful of the three, the other installments being “The Wedding” (1973) and “Bloody Money” (1974). The film reflects the rise of the "Little Anatolia" in Istanbul, a phenomenon that will later on expand.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Venice International Film Festival, Italy (2014): World Premiere of the digitally restored version
  • BFI London Film Festival, U.K. (2014)
  • Adana Golden Boll International Film Festival, Turkey (1973): Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Kamuran Usluer), Best Supporting Actress (Nazan Adalı)
  • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czech Republic (1973)


Hulya KocyigitHülya Kocyiğit is a prominent female lead in Turkish cinema. She acted in more than 180 films and received numerous awards at national and international film festivals.

She was born and grew up in Istanbul. After studying ballet at the Ankara State Conservatory for a few years, she returned to Istanbul and graduated from the Atatürk High School for Girls. She started acting when she was only five years old, and later joined the Istanbul City Theater. She became interested in acting in films in 1963 after she was the runner-up in a beauty contest organized by the "Ses" magazine.

She was only 16 years old when she took the lead role in Metin Erksan's "Dry Summer" (Susuz Yaz) in 1964, which won the Golden Bear Award at the 14th Berlin International Film Festival, the highest prize received by a Turkish film in an international film festival at the time.

She later worked with many eminent Turkish directors, including Lütfü Akad, Atıf Yılmaz, Serif Gören, Metin Erksan, Orhan Aksoy, Memduh Ün, Ertem Eğilmez, Osman F. Seden, and Halit Refiğ.

Kocyiğit was the leading actress in all three films of Ömer Lütfi Akad's trilogy, considered the best of his work, "The Bride" (Gelin), "The Wedding" (Düğün), and "The Blood Money" (Diyet).


Omer Lutfi AkadÖmer Lütfi Akad (1916 - 2011), following his secondary education at French Jeanne d'Arc School and Galatasaray High School, studied finance at the Istanbul College of Economy and Commerce. He worked as financial advisor to Sema Film while writing articles on theater and cinema.

He directed many films between 1948 - 1974. He made his debut film in 1949, "Strike the Whore" (Vurun Kahpeye), an adaptation of Halide Edip Adıvar's book of the same title, which is considered a classic in Turkish literature. He became one of the pioneers of the period called, " The Directors' Generation". His 1970s trilogy, "The Bride" (Gelin), "The Wedding" (Düğün), and "The Blood Money" (Diyet), is considered his masterpiece.

Akad later withdrew from film making and directed adaptations for television. Throughout his career as a film director, he made more than 100 films. However, he continued to be involved in cinema through teaching. He taught at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University until 1985. He died in 2011, at the age of 95, in Istanbul, leaving behind a legacy in Turkish cinema.

Selected Filmography

Esir Hayat (1974)
Diyet (1975)
Düğün (1974)
Gelin (1973)
Gökçe Çicek (1973)
Vesikalı Yarim (1968)
Hudutların Kanunu (1966)
Yalnızlar Rıhtımı (1959)
Vahşi Bir Kız Sevdim (1954)
İngiliz Kemal (1952)
Kanun Namına (1952)
Vurun Kahpeye (1948)

3:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston



The Bride | Gelin | Omer Lutfi Akad | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Directed by
Ömer Lütfi Akad

Hülya Koçyiğit, Kerem Yılmazer,
Kahraman Kıral, Ali Şen,
Aliye Rona, Kamuran Usluer,
Nazan Adalı, Seden Kızıltunç

1973 / 97 min.
with English subtitles

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