Mourning Erden Kiral

    European cinema has lost a formidable filmmaker, who paved the way for modern Turkish cinema: Erden Kiral (1942-2022)
    Erden Kiral

    A screenwriter and director, who worked since 1979 when he made his debut with THE CANAL, Erden Kıral is most remembered for his film A SEASON IN HAKKARI (1983), which won the Silver Bear – Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale that year, followed by HUNTING TIME, which also screened in Berlin. Another highlight in his oeuvre is his film THE MIRROR which premiered in the Venice Competition in 1984, with impressive photography by Kenan Ormanlar, a cinematographer Kıral regularly worked with. Other notable films include ON FERTILE LANDS (1980), which won two major awards at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, and the multiple award-winning THE BLUE EXILE (1993), which featured actors and filmmakers Can Togay and Hanna Schygulla in the main roles. Erden Kıral lived and worked for a longer period in Germany and was an esteemed member of the German Akademie der Künste.

    He will be missed.

    21 July 2022