18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019


We are delighted to continue the tradition of presenting high caliber films and concerts to you as we celebrate 18th anniversary of the festival. This year’s film program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established filmmakers of the Turkish cinema. Most of the films in the program are award-winners in international film festivals, and will have their North America or U.S.  premieres at the Boston Turkish Film Festival.

The festival opens with internationally acclaimed director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Ağacı) which had its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival and was Turkey’s official entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards.

The program presents a Turkish cinema classic The Bus (Otobüs); Sibel, winner of the FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2018 Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland; and Tolga Karaçelik’s Butterflies (Kelebekler), winner of the Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize.

The other feature films in the festival program: The Plane Tree (Çınar) by Mustafa Karadeniz, Let the Kid Play (Bırakın Çocuk Oynasın) by Hacı Mehmet Duranoğlu and Atalay Taşdiken, Trust (Güven) by Sefa Öztürk, Debt (Borç) by Vuslat Saraçoğlu, Family Matters (Aile Arasında) by Ozan Açıktan, The Pigeon (Güvercin) by Banu Sıvacı, Ayaz by Dersu Yavuz Altun, Siren’s Call (Son Çıkış) by Ramin Matin, Halef by Murat Düzgünoğlu.

Award-winning films of the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition will be screened on Sunday, March 24th.  Winners of the Documentary Film Competition are A Story with Music (Müzikli Bir Hikaye) by Jale İncekol for Best Documentary, and A Fading Language A Fading Cuisine (Kaybolan Bir Dil Kaybolan Bir Mutfak) by Deniz Alphan for Best Documentary Audience Awards. Winners of the Short Film Competition are Toprak by Onur Yağız for Best Short Film and Passenger (Yolcu) by Cem Özay for Best Short Film Audience Awards. A panel discussion with the filmmakers follow the screenings, moderated by Boston Globe film critic Peter Keough.

After the film screenings, the festival will continue with a special music program, co-presented with the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University.

On April 10th globetrotting musician Alper Tuzcu will perform with his ensemble in the concert entitled “Aurora”. Tuzcu’s sound is rooted in RnB & Jazz and informed by music from around the world and his latest album ‘Aurora’ (2018) hops east over to India take inspiration in undiscovered mystic sounds of the Middle-East and from Turkey.

Acclaimed violinist Ceren Türkmenoğlu and pianist Chang Liu will perform “7 Lands 7 Colors” on April 25th  at Boston University. Apart from her classical music career, Ceren Türkmenoğlu is also a performer of traditional Turkish music and performs on traditional instruments besides violin. Her aim in her art is to preserve the traditional roots and bring out the interconnections amongst cultures.

Festival will conclude with pianist AyşeDeniz Gökçin’s performance of Beethoven, rock covers and original compositions; “From Beethoven to Rock”. A celebrated pianist, composer and arranger known for her inventive synthesizing of classical and rock music, she is a child prodigy who made her concerto debut at the age of 9. Gökçin has performed at prestigious venues worldwide and received widespread recognition after her Pink Floyd Classical Concept album went viral.

Organizing a festival undoubtedly is a collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. With this opportunity, we would like to thank our supporters, board members and co-presenters as well as individual, corporate and organizational sponsors whose commitment and collaboration made this festival possible. Hope to see you in our festival in many decades to come.

Enjoy the Festival!

Erkut Gömülü
Director and Founder
Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival


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