Broken love story to hit screens
The new film by Orhan Tekeoğlu follows the ill-fated love story between a local Trabzon man and a woman from Russia.Taking as its focus the influx of women from the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, a new film by director Orhan Tekeoğlu that follows the ill-fated love story between a local Trabzon man and a woman from across the water will hit screens Sept. 27.
With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Olga, the granddaughter of Mustafa Usta, a stonemason who migrated to Yalta, Ukraine, from the village of Santa in Trabzon, loses her job, and heads to Trabzon to find work. There, Olga meets Cemal, a bold, young man in Trabzon, at a time when all Russian women in Trabzon are stereotyped as prostitutes. Immigration, broken homes and prejudice are the main themes of the film.
Starring in the movie are Alma Terzic, who recently enjoyed popular acclaim for her role in Angelina Jolie’s “In The Land of Blood and Honey,” and is popular with Turkish audiences for her role in the television series “Veda,” as well as Turkish television actor Oktay Gürsoy.
Russian actress Alina Golovlyova and veteran Turkish actor Kayhan Yıldızoğlu share the supporting roles, while other notable actors and actresses such as Fatih Dokgöz, Duygu Yıldız and Tevfik Erman Kutlu are also among the cast. The director of photography is Ercan Yılmaz, a veteran of Turkish cinema, while the soundtrack is from Selim Bölükbaşı.
Orhan Tekeoğlu wrote the script for the film, his directorial debut, based on many actual life stories from the 1990s.
Principal photography for the movie began on May 15 in Trabzon, and was concluded on June 4 at the Santa ruins on the Trabzon-Gümüşhane border.
Orhan Tekeoğlu along with producer Nurdan Tümbek Tekeoğlu, worked together on the 2010 documentary “İfakat,” which follows the struggle of women in Turkey’s eastern Black Sea region against nature and won awards at various festivals in Turkey and further afield.