Before even making it to the cinemas, Faruk Aksoy’s latest film “Fetih 1453” has caused outrage in Greece, with many characterizing the new epic movie as racist and a propaganda.
The Turkish director produced a film featuring the conquest of Costantinople by Mehmed II in 1453 on a $17 million budget, which makes this the most expensive Turkish production to date.
Greek weekly Proto Thema called the movie “a conquest propaganda by the Turks,” on a story it published on its website. “Turkish invaders present themselves as rulers of the world in the movie,” the report said, adding that the film “fails to show the mass killings of Greeks and the plunder of the land by the Ottoman Turks.”
The film is being described as one-sided and has been accused of obscuring historical facts, while many Greeks deem it as a national insult that should not be screened in the country. A Greek blogger compared the Turkish film to a possible German production on the Holocaust.
However, there are also voices supporting the idea of a grand-scale movie on the fall of Constantinople that suggest that the dramatic scenes and the high-quality production will get everyone watching the film at the end.
The film will be screened on February 17.