THURSDAY 20th - 9.30 AM
Director : Tolga Örnek
Turkey /2005 /90 min /35 mm /colour /French subtitled

Gallipoli is unique in world history: it is not just a battle, but also an epic tale of courage, self-sacrifice and stubborn endurance. It is also a story of adversaries who displayed mutual respect during the battle and who became friends after it. No battle has forged such strong comradeship and everlasting peace in its aftermath. On the shores of Gallipoli, Australia and New Zealand became nations and Turkey embarked on its journey to become a republic from the ruins of an empire. The war itself is the only "enemy" in this film. Tolga Örnek emphasises that the film focuses on the human aspects of the campaign and portrays the emotions, fears, and sufferings of the ordinary soldiers in the trenches, without any discrimination of religion, language or race. The Gallipoli campaign is told through the diaries and letters of 2 British, 3 New Zealand, 3 Australian and 2 Turkish soldiers. " Gallipoli " is the outcome of a 6-year effort. More than 70 archives in the UK, Germany, France, Russia, Austria, Australia, New Zealand and Turkey have been researched and more than 16 international historians have been consulted to make the film as historically rich and accurate as possible.