Special Commemorative Program For Chingiz Aitmatov

July 25, 2018

The 8th Malatya International Film Festival will commemorate the world-renowned Kyrgyz writer Chingiz Aitmatov on his 90th birthday, and the 10th anniversary of his death, with a special program compiled of the films adapted from his works.

Aitmatov was a writer, a translator, a journalist, and a statesman. He began his writing career in 1952, and rose to fame with “Tales of the Mountains and Steppes.” In 1963, he was honored with the Lenin Prize. And the films adapted from his works will be screened within a special commemorative program “The 90th Anniversary of Aitmatov” at the 8th Malatya International Film Festival.

Aitmatov mostly focused on love, friendship, the pains of war, and the Kyrgyz customs and traditions in his works. Having lived in a difficult era such as the 20th century, his works dealt with the Second World War, the tyranny, misery, poverty, good and bad the war has caused. Aitmatov began his literature career with the stories he wrote for the newspapers. In his works, he also projected what the Turkish people were going through at the time, and became one of the major representatives of the Turkish culture in the world.

“THE GIRL WITH THE RED SCARF” IS AMONG THE CLASSICS

Aitmatov’s book “The Girl with the Red Scarf” was adapted for cinema by Ali Özgenturk in 1977, with the title “Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım” and starred Türkân Şoray, Kadir İnanır and Ahmet Mekin. The film has received wide attention and earned its place among the great classics of Turkish cinema. Belly Parokhod (1976), Krasnoe Yabloko (1975), Voskhozhdenie na Fudziyamu (1989), Boranlı Beket (1996), Qosh bol, Gülsary! (2008) will be screened within the special program compiled of the films adapted from Chingiz Aitmatov’s works.

In addition to the screenings, a talk session, moderated by Film Critic İhsan Kabil, will be held within the section “Commemorating The 10th Anniversary of Chingiz Aitmatov’s Death.” Bolotbey Şemşiyev and Bakıt Karagulov, directors of “Belly Parokhod” and “Boranlı Beket,” and writer Yağmur Tunalı will attend the session as speakers.

 

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