The next strongest local title was I saw the Sun - Gunesi Gordum with 2,190,134 admissions, doubling its opening week numbers. The film is the second outing from Mahzun Kirmizigul, a singer-turned-film director, scripting his own stories. The new film covers the last 25 years of Turkish history, starting with forced relocation of Eastern villages due to the military's fight against PKK terrorists. The story follows the Altun family's journey towards Norway via Istanbul, leaving heavily mined territory behind.
With the 28th International Istanbul Film Festival (April 4-19) in full swing, independent distributors with local or non-Turkish art house titles are preparing for strong openings in the coming weeks.