Our Exclusive Interview with “Paper Lives” Director, Can Ulkay — Part Two

This article contains the second and final portion of our interview with Director Can Ulkay, in which he elaborates on the psychological, social, and artistic aspects of “Paper Lives” and on his plans for the future. (For Part One of the interview, please click here.) We faithfully reproduced Mr. Ulkay’s answers in our English translation…

Our Exclusive Interview with “Paper Lives” Director, Can Ulkay — Part One

Can Ulkay is the Director of “Kağıttan Hayatlar” (Paper Lives) — the Turkish movie starring Çağatay Ulusoy, which was released last March on Netflix to worldwide acclaim. (Read our review here.) When he generously agreed to an interview, we sent him 20 questions to choose from. In the end, he thoroughly and thoughtfully answered each…

“Kuş” (“Birdie”): A Rare Glimpse into Çağatay’s Soul

“Kuş” (Birdie) is a 20-minutes short film that marks Çağatay Ulusoy’s debut as a screenwriter, producer, and director. It also offers an unprecedented peek into this famous (and famously private) Turkish actor’s soul.   “Kuş” narrates the story of an old and ailing fisherman, who survives on an income that is just enough to cover his…

“Kağıttan Hayatlar”: Nothing Is What It Seems

WARNING! This review includes SPOILERS about the movie “Kağıttan Hayatlar.” (“Paper Lives”) If you have yet to watch it, please check out the film’s spoiler-free information page on this website instead. Make sure, however, to come back to this review after you see the movie! “Kağıttan Hayatlar” entices viewers with an endearing and ostensibly linear…

The Children of Çağatay

Due for global release on Netflix on 12 March 2021, “Kağıttan Hayatlar” tells the story of Mehmet, a solid waste warehouse manager. He has lived most of his life on the streets of Istanbul. Now as an adult, he helps unfortunate children who, just like him, were left alone to fend for themselves. One day,…

Yeşilçam​ Revelations

Did you catch all the hints contained in the “Yeşilçam”​ teaser? No worries! We put together this video/blog with a lot of careful research, to point out the many historical and artistic references in the recently released “Yeşilçam” teaser. So that viewers, especially those who are unfamiliar with the history of Turkish cinema, might fully…

“Delibal”: Çağatay Ulusoy’s Unforgettable Breakout Role

In the film industry, the term “breakout role” describes the performance of an actor, which contributed significantly to the development of his/her career and signaled the beginning of widespread recognition by his/her peers. For Çağatay Ulusoy, such role came in 2015, with his masterful interpretation of Barış Ayaz in Ali Bilgin’s movie “Delibal.” On the…

Çağatay’s Tale

Çağatay Ulusoy’s story reads like the “American Dream” come true… Turkish style! The hyperactive, multi-talented son of hard-working immigrants, he realized at a young age that nature had bestowed unique gifts upon him, and set on to work hard to put them to good use.

“Yeşilçam” – What is Behind Çağatay’s Next Project

The much-awaited news about Çağatay Ulusoy’s next project has finally arrived. As of January 2021, started filming “Yeşilçam” — a limited series produced by Eastern Sunrise Films (ESFilm) for BluTV — where he will perform the leading role. The series is directed by acclaimed and extremely prolific film-maker, writer, and producer Çağan Irmak, well known…

Çağatay, the ‘Philosopher King’

Those who tuned in to the third episode of “Menajerimi Ara” to watch Çağatay Ulusoy resurface on regular TV after a three years absence were in for an authentic treat. In a highly anticipated return, he appeared as a heavily bearded reclusive star, who prefers his remote wilderness hideout to the Istanbul spotlight.