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Salkim Hanim'in Taneleri (1999)

Set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi (Property Tax-1942) where many non-Muslims were forced to pay higher taxes, often in an arbitrary and unrealistic way. Around two thousand ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Zafer Algöz ... Durmus
Hülya Avsar ... Nora / Halit's wife
Güven Kiraç Güven Kiraç ... Bekir / Halit's assistant
Zuhal Olcay Zuhal Olcay ... Nefise / Halit's mistress
Kamran Usluer Kamran Usluer ... Mr. Halit / Businessman
Ugur Polat ... Levon / Nora's brother(dry-goods dealer)
Derya Alabora Derya Alabora ... Nimet / Durmus's wife
Murat Daltaban ... Artin / Clarinetist
Nurseli Idiz ... Singer / Prostitute
Yavuz Bingöl ... Soldier (as Yavuz Bingol)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramazan Akboga Ramazan Akboga ... Driver
Elvin Besikcioglu Elvin Besikcioglu ... Taciser
Ali Erkazan Ali Erkazan
Gokcen Gokcebag ... Rüstem
Muharrem Gulmez Muharrem Gulmez ... Sabit Pasha / Halit's father


Set during the period of the Varlik Vergisi (Property Tax-1942) 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 Askale in the Erzurum Province of eastern Turkey. Twenty-one of these laborers died there. The movie is in Turkish with some parts in Armenian. It follows the plight of a family and traces how they were affected by the tax and other policies directed at non-Muslim ethnic minorities: Durmus and Nimet are in the grip of poverty in a village of Central Anatolia. They move to Istanbul, a metropolitan city for better life and take shelter behind their fellow countryman, Bekir. He is the concierge in an inn of Halit Bey, a rich businessman. He finds a job as a porter for Durmus. This favor will create a break in the fortunes of all inhabitants. Durmus is an ... Written by lament

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Release Date:

19 November 1999 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

Mrs. Salkim's Diamonds See more »

Filming Locations:

Askale, Erzurum, Turkey See more »

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Avsar Film See more »
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Official submission of Turkey for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 72nd Academy Awards in 2000. See more »

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Good period dramatization
2 January 2001 | by filozofSee all my reviews

I'd seen the movie in its premiere. I must say it is a good period dramatization and camera work impressed me. For its public appeal the film owes much to famous star Hulya Avsar and Zafer Algoz who catched the fame with Okan Bayulgen's talk-show ZAGA.

However what makes "Salkim hanimin taneleri" interesting is rather the story which deals with one of the most problematic era of recent Turkish history when heavy taxes were imposed on people and non-Muslim citizens had to pay it at highest rate. Through the tragedy of one non-Muslim family, you also get an idea about minority psychology and their survival strategy.

On the other hand, through the greedy character Durmus and his dirty plans to possess non-Muslims' wealth the director blows a heavy criticism to official history and to new Turkish capital owners, and also examines the problem of peaceful living together of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds.

In many ways it is an interesting film worth to see, and I highly recommend

it especially for those who are interested in history and for those who love the song Sari Gelin.

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