Love Tactics is one of Netflix’s weekly revelations. This new romantic comedy, directed by Emre Kabakuşak, follows the story of fashion blogger Asli (Demet Ozdemir) and the handsome director of publicity, Kerem (Ükrü Özyıldız). Both seducers, they think they clearly see someone else’s game. The first is convinced to do short work with any man, while the second connects relationships with no future. Taken from the game of seduction, they both use their usual flirting techniques to make their victim fall in love … That works, but on both sides! They love each other. But this Turkish feature film isn’t the only thread Netflix needs in its bow, in terms of discoveries. Télé-Loisirs has selected five Turkish fictions to watch. A series of three seasons to begin, The Defender of Istanbul, then two feature films. Some talk about love, some about war. Everyone has the advantage of offering the viewer a dive into another universe.
The Defender of Istanbul
Also called The last fortress in Quebec, The Defender of Istanbul is a Turkish series of 32 episodes. Produced by Binnur Karaevli, it has been streaming entirely on Netflix since March 2020. With 45-minute episodes, The Defender of Istanbul tells a story inspired by the 2016 novel Karakalem and Bir Delikanlının Tuhaf Hikayesi, written by Nilüfer İpek Gökdel. Turkey’s first original series from Netflix, it tells, for the first time, Hakan’s story. This ordinary merchant lived in a city of 15 million inhabitants, between East and West, in a myth, but in the past space-time. His town is found threatened by the mysterious Immortals. He knew he was the only one who could intervene: he was the chosen one in an old order. Apparently he was not ready to do this mission, and he refused to fulfill his duty. The stake is in his dilemma. Aided by an ancient secret order, he may decide to save the city of Istanbul. The series is carried on Cagatay Ulusoyplaying Hakan Demir; Ayca Aysin Turan (Leyla Sancak); Hazar Ergüçlü (Zeynep Erman); Yurdaer Okur (Kemal Erman); Okan Yalabik (Faysal Erdem) and Mehmet Kurtulus (Mazhar Dragusha).
7. Koğuştaki Mucize
2h12 feature film, 7. Koğuştaki Mucize is a drama directed by Mehmet Ada Öztekin and scripted by Kubilay Tat. It tells the story of Memo, a mentally disabled shepherd, who lives with his daughter and her grandmother in a village on the Aegean coast of Turkey. His life changed overnight, whenhe found himself accused of killing the local commander’s child. Sentenced to death, Memo was then separated from his daughter. A long and winding road awaits him, which is to prove his innocence. Available since March 13, 2020 on Netflix, the film was a huge success when it was released. He put on a show Aras Bulut Iynemli in the Memo paper, Nisa, Sofia Aksongur (Ova), Cecilia Toyon (Fatima) Ilker Aksum (Askorozlu) Mesut Akusta | (Joseph), Deniz Baysal (Oğretmen Mine), Yurdaer Okur (Yarbay Aydın) and Sarp Akkaya (Müdür Nail).
My Father’s Violin
Another Turkish feature film, My Father’s Violin (Babamın Kemanı in Turkish) also discusses family drama. However, it is different in many ways. Directed by Andaç Haznedaroğlu, the film tells the story of a child relationship, which ina girl who, after losing a loved one, aspires to be closer to a distant uncle. Together in mourning, they realized they had the same passion: music. Online since January 21, 2022 on Netflix, this 1h52 film stars Engin Altan Düzyatan, Belçim Bilgin, and Selim Erdoğan.
Series by Meriç Acemi, Love 101 follows the daily life of a group of young marginalized teenagers, who are fighting to keep their favorite teacher in town, so they can continue to learn, and try to -educate themselves. The 17-year-olds plan to fall in love with him on the new basketball coach, but by implementing this strategy, they get caught up in the game of love, and become attached to each other. This journey will teach them that they have more in common than they thought, that they are stronger together than apart, and that love is impossible. Sixteen 40-minute episodes comprise two time periods Mert Yazıcıoğlu (Sinan), Kubilay Aka (Kerem), Alina Boz (Eda), Selahattin Paşali (Osman), İpek Filiz Yazıcı (Light), Pinar Deniz (Burcu), Kaan Urgancıoğlu (Kemal) and Ece Yuksel (Elif).
Eight episodes of this Netflix series have aired since November 2020 on the platform. Produced by Krek Film, it tells the story of individuals who, in Istanbul, have overcome imposed socio-cultural barriers and created bridges and relationships between environments in spite of themselves. Amidst worries and ambitions, they thrive at this unique time. as Greetings 8the series says the mixed stories of several characters. First Meryem, a pious Muslim woman who cleans a skyscraper and lives in a rural suburb. Her brother-in-law Ruhiye is unfit after a trauma that changes her behavior: Meryem has to take care of everyone. Her brother, Ruhiye’s husband, is a soldier who became a bouncer in a nightclub. Amidst the tenderness and psychological violence, he falls into the most vague understanding of his wife’s illness. Feeling weak, Meryem consulted an Islamophobic psychiatrist and relied on a hodja. Hodja’s daughter is a lesbian and is reluctant to tell her father that she no longer wants to wear a veil. These characters whose fates connect, make the cement of this serious series.
Article written in collaboration with 6Medias.