Five Cities

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Five Cities
Theatrical poster
Directed by Onur Ünlü
Produced by
Written by Onur Ünlü
Cinematography Eyüp Boz
Distributed by Tiglon Film
Release date
  • April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09)
Running time
87 minutes
Country Turkey
Language Turkish
Box office $16,329

Five Cities (Turkish: Beş Şehir) is a 2010 Turkish drama film, written, produced and directed by Onur Ünlü, about a young policeman just arrived in Istanbul who falls in love with a woman in a candy shop. The film, which went on nationwide general release across Turkey on April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09), won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul and has been described as, an absurd poetic tale of five seemingly unrelated people’s lives.[1][2]


Aydın is a policeman recently appointed to a new post in Istanbul. While trying to get used to life in the big city, Aydın stumbles upon Mehtap, a young woman who works at a candy shop in Beyoğlu, and he falls for her. But there is no way that Aydın can make Mehtap realize that he even exists, just as Şevket, a young man who has dropped out of law school before starting to sell toy trains on the streets to make a living, cannot make Dilek, another girl who works at the same store, realize his feelings for her. When Dilek and Aydın meet, Aydın diverts his uncontrollable feelings toward Dilek.


General Release[edit]

The film opened on general release in ten screens across Turkey on April 9, 2010 (2010-04-09) at number twenty-seven in the Turkish box office chart with an opening weekend gross of US$4,728.[3]

Festival Screenings[edit]


Box Office[edit]

The film was in the Turkish box office charts for four weeks and has made a total gross of US$16,329.[3]


Emine Yıdırım, writing in Today's Zaman, describes the film as, an ensemble cast piece of intertwined stories of the Robert Altman School. The same publication has also described the film as absurd poetic tale of five seemingly unrelated people's lives intertwining in a most interesting way.[5][6]


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  1. ^ a b "'Vavien,' 'The Misfortunates' get top awards at İstanbul fest". Today's Zaman. 2010-04-19. Archived from the original on 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  2. ^ "This week in theaters". Today's Zaman. 2010-04-10. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b "BES SEHIR". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Emerging directors dominate Golden Orange competition". Today's Zaman. 2009-09-16. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b Yıdırım, Emine (2010-04-04). "İstanbul Film Festival -- Oh yes, it's finally that time of the year!". Today's Zaman. Archived from the original on 2014-04-29. Retrieved 2010-08-08. 
  6. ^ a b "Reha Erdem, İnan Temelkuran share top Golden Orange award". Today's Zaman. 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2010-08-08.