The movie theater owners made an interesting attempt at the 10th Turkish Films Week held in Bodrum last week.
The owners of the movie theaters, Yılmaz Erdoğan at the end of the organization, Cem Yilmaz and Şahan Gökbakar published a video in which they reacted. In the video in question, the phrase ‘The ones we sent off from the White Screen’ was included, accompanied by the song ‘Bye Bye bye to You’, the lyrics of which belonged to Yeşil Giresunlu and the composition of Vasco.
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So why did the movie theater owners take such an initiative and react to Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz and Şahan Gökbakar?
The reason for this is that Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz and Şahan Gökbakar shoot their films on digital platforms. The fact that the films of Erdoğan, Yılmaz and Gökbakar will meet the audience on digital platforms, not in movie theaters this season.
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In my opinion, it is an unfair reaction to react to Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz and Şahan Gökbakar with the phrase ‘Our Farewell to the Big Screen’. Because it is out of the question to ignore the roles of Erdoğan, Yılmaz and Gökbakar in the restructuring and rise of Turkish cinema since the beginning of the 2000s. The interest in his films is an indication of this. In addition, it is not plausible to think that the people mentioned will no longer produce films for cinema.
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Films by Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz and Şahan Gökbakar in total 93,099,935 people. If the total revenues 875,399,683 TL… If we compare this revenue with today’s ticket prices, it is revealed that Erdoğan, Yılmaz and Gökbakar’s input to the cinema industry is much higher.
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The video prepared by the movie theater owners brought to mind the discussion they had with the producers 4 years ago.
Movie theater owners and producers had a big argument in 2018 with the title ‘Popcorn’. The producers reacted to the fact that their shares remained the same despite the increase in ticket prices, and that popcorn and a drink were included in the ticket. Yılmaz Erdoğan expressed his reaction by not releasing his new movie ‘Organize İşler – Carp Spiral’. After this movie was not screened, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism stepped in and enacted a new cinema law after the discussion that started with the domino effect between the producers and the movie theater owners.
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Movie theater owners want to overcome the crisis they have experienced for two years due to the effect of the pandemic, this movie season. Whether Turkish cinema can return to the pre-pandemic era in terms of box office figures will become clear this season. The reflex of the audience, who moved away from the cinema during the pandemic period, to return to the movie theaters, and the question marks about how digital platforms have changed the habits of the audience will be answered in the cinema season between September and June.
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For this reason, movie theater owners Yılmaz Erdoğan consider it a great shortcoming that the films of Cem Yılmaz and Şahan Gökbakar will not be screened this season.
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