The sounds of battle echoed through the movie theater. The dead and the blood are everywhere – but the end of this movie is full of joy. Control of the city of Constantinople was wrested by the Ottoman Turks from the Byzantine Empire, and as the conquering sultan enters the church where the people have taken refuge, he tells them, “My religion says you are free. to practice your worship ”.
With that in mind, the audience at a special screening of the film offered the director, as well as a group of actors and actresses, a standing ovation for the greatest Turkish film ever produced, “Battle of 2 Empires – Fetih 1453 ”.
The film chronicles the events surrounding the fall of Constantinople (now known as Istanbul) by the Ottomans during the reign of Sultan Mehmet II and will be screened across the Middle East on September 27.
Already a record in its home country with 6.5 million viewers since its debut in February this year, Battle has already covered the production cost of $ 18.2 million (Dh 66.8 million), the highest in Turkish cinema.
“Of course, I am really very happy with the reaction, including Westerners too,” film director Farouk Aksoy told the tabloid !. The film was screened all over Europe.
“Epic movies work everywhere. It depends on how to produce it and how to do it, ”he said.
“Above all [in] my country, the turkish people have been asking for a very long time to see their own rich and beautiful history on screen, especially the fall of constantinople, because this historic event has not changed [only] our story, but he [also] changed the history of the world, politically and religiously ”.
Production of the film, with an all-Turkish distribution, took three years, while filming took six months. It took place in a 4000 square meter studio in Istanbul and replicas of two palaces in Byzantium and Edirne – the city in northwestern Turkey which was the second Ottoman capital after Bursa. Istanbul has become the third capital of the longest empire in history.
Three full-size galleys were built for the scenes of a naval battle and 10,000 pieces of war equipment were produced for the film.
Several locations were specially built for the film, including the Rumelian Fortress, as well as an armory.
Fifteen gun batteries and five fully functioning 20-meter war towers were also used, versus two war towers in Kingdom of Heaven, a film featuring the 12th-century Crusades. British and Mexican experts helped with production of the film, including sound effects, while the fight scenes were choreographed by a team of experts from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Aksoy said.