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New and Newer Tales from Turkey

May 4 - June 4

From May 4 through June 4, the Gene Siskel Film Center, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago, and the Yunus Emre Enstitusu, the Turkish cultural institute in Washington, D.C., presents five films representing Turkey’s popular cinema. We bookend the series with two engaging new historical dramas, TURKISH ICE CREAM and ÇIÇERO, both U.S. premieres. This sampler of a versatile national cinema also includes: science fiction in a philosophical mode (GRAIN); a prize-winning drama of struggle and redemption in the mountains of northern Turkey (COLD OF KALANDAR); and the most successful box-office hit in Turkish cinema history (MY FATHER AND MY SON).

For their generous assistance in making this series possible, the Gene Siskel Film Center thanks: Umut Acar, Consul General of Turkey, Chicago; and Halid Bulut, Executive Director, Yunus Emre Enstitusu.


U.S. premiere!

Turkish Ice Cream

Türk İşi Dondurma

2019, Can Ulkay, Turkey,123 min.
With Ali Atay, Erkan Köstendil


  • Sat, May 4th 8:00pm
  • Mon, May 6th 8:00pm

Chicago premiere!



2017, Semih Kaplanoğlu, Turkey/Germany/France, 129 min.
With Jean-Marc Barr, Ermin Bravo


  • Sun, May 12th 5:00pm
  • Tue, May 14th 8:00pm

Cold of Kalandar

Kalandar Soğuğu

2015, Mustafa Kara, Turkey/Hungary, 132 min.
With Haydar Sisman, Nuray Yesilarez


  • Sat, May 18th 7:45pm
  • Thu, May 23rd 8:00pm

My Father and My Son

Babam ve Oğlum

2005, Çagan Irmak, Turkey, 108 min.
With Çetin Tekindor, Fikret Kuskan


  • Sat, May 25th 7:45pm
  • Tue, May 28th 8:00pm

U.S. premiere!


2019, Serdar Akar, Turkey, 126 min.
With Erdal Besikçioglu, Burcu Bircik


  • Sat, Jun 1st 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jun 4th 8:00pm