Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds
|Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Tomris Giritlioğlu|
|Music by||Tamer Çıray|
|Edited by||Avşar Film|
|Distributed by||Avşar Film|
|Release date(s)||19 November 1999|
|Running time||120 min.|
Mrs. Salkım's Diamonds (Turkish: Salkım Hanım'ın Taneleri) is a 1999 Turkish drama film, directed by Tomris Giritlioğlu, based the historical novel of the same name by Yılmaz Karakoyunlu. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on 19 November 1999, won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul, including the Golden Orange Award for Best Film, and was Turkey's submission to the 72nd Academy Awards for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but was not accepted as a nominee.
The novel “The pearls of Ms. Salkım” (Salkım Hanımın Taneleri), written by Turkish author and ANAP party member Yilmaz Karakoyunlu in 1990, recounts stories and witnesses of the non-Muslims during the Varlik Vergisi. The novel was soon turned into a film in 1999.
The film is set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand non-Muslims, who could not pay the amount demanded for the tax within the time-limit of thirty days, were arrested and sent to a forced labor camp in Aşkale in the Erzurum Province of eastern Turkey. Twenty-one of these laborers died there.
The movie is in Turkish with some parts in Armenian. The film follows the plight of one family and traces how they were affected by the tax and other policies directed at non-Muslim ethnic minorities. The plot has a young Armenian man named Levon who is sent to Askale along with a man who considered himself ethnic Turkish, only to find out that there was Jewish ancestry in his bloodline (donme). Nora, an Armenian woman who was raped, kills herself and her baby because she did not want to bear a child of an involuntary pregnancy.
- Hülya Avşar as Nora
- Kamran Usluer as Halit Bey
- Zuhal Olcay as Nefise
- Uğur Polat as Levon
- Derya Alabora as Nimet
- Güven Kıraç as Bekir
- Zafer Algöz as Durmuş
- Murat Daltaban as Clarinetist Artin
- Best Picture (Golden Orange): Tomris Giritlioğlu
- Best Actor: Uğur Polat
- Best Music: Tamer Çıray
- Best Art Direction: Ziya Ulkenciler
- Best Film Editing: Mevlüt Kocak
- Best Actor: Güven Kıraç
Members of parliament, such as Ahmet Çakar, were outraged at the screening and believed it is indecent and unacceptable under the guidance of nationalism.
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