The 65th Cannes Film Festival opened yesterday, May 16th with the premiere of Moonrise Kingdom at the Palais des Festivals. First I need to say that this year, The Festival de Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe by selecting a photo of the Hollywood sex goddess for the poster of the 2012 event. The Festival said in a statement: “Fifty years after her death, Marilyn is still a major figure in world cinema, an eternal icon, whose grace, mystery and power of seduction remain resolutely contemporary. The Festival is a temple of glamour and Marilyn is its perfect incarnation.”
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Eva Longoria at the opening premiere. If I could describe with only one word how she looked that evening, that word would be: BREATHTAKING! She looked absolutely stunning in gorgeous backless Marchesa gown. This sleek and slim fitting dress was just perfect match for her figure. Whole beautiful look was completed with Marchesa bedazzled clutch, classic smokey-eye & nude lips and sleek, classy updo. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
I can’t forget to mention also one of this year’s jurors: German actress Diane Kruger who looked beautiful in asymmetric, one shoulder, mint, Greek goddesses style gown by Giambattista Valli.
And God, PLEASE, can I look in my 70-ies like Jane Fonda? Pretty, PLEASEEEEE?!?:D
I really need to start working out!! If Jane Fonda can do it at her age, I need to stop being so lazy in my 20-ies.
A real life hopeless romantic, lately Fatmagül&Kerim junkie ;))
Hey guys, I’m so excited to write about one thing I’ve been addicted to last few months. That’s Turkish television drama called Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne? (“What is Fatmagül’s fault ?”). I don’t know enough words to describe how amazing this TV show is! That comes from a girl who wasn’t interested in watching Turkish TV shows when they become huge in Croatia 2 years ago, mostly because I never watch- read anything that people are obsessing with like crazies (No, I didn’t watch Hunger Games, Avatar, Lord of the Rings… sorry!:)) But one night when I saw a trailer for “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?”, it was love on first sight for me.;)
This story is not typical love story like thousands of soap operas out there, which are all the same, predictable and boring. Turkish TV series are aired only once a week with a duration of an 01:35-01:50!, and most of them don’t have happy endings, but I’m really hoping that this one will, cause it’s my first one.:) Main thing in this story is honor, which if you know anything about Turkish culture, you know it’s very delicate thing for them. Let’s begin with a plot, so you can understand what I’m talking about.
Fatmagül Ketenci (Beren Saat) is a girl who lives in a small touristic village in Çeşme, Western Turkey. She is engaged to marry a fisherman Mustafa Nalçalı (Fırat Çelik) in a months time and dreams of getting away from her nagging sister-in-law who hates her. Kerim Ilgaz (Engin Akyürek) is a well mannered blacksmith apprentice who lives with his aunt Meryem Aksoy (Sumru Yavrucuk) known as “Ebe Nine” who is a healer of herbal medicine, after his father abandoning him as a child and mother killing herself after. The big event of the season is the engagement of the area’s rich and influential businessman Reşat Yaşaran’s (Musa Uzunlar) son Selim (Engin Öztürk) to the politican Turaner Alagöz’s (Aziz Sarvan) daughter Meltem (Seda Güven). Kerim meets up with his old friends Vural (Buğra Gülsoy), Erdoğan (Kaan Taşaner) and the Selim. After the engagement party, all four of them go on a drinking and drug binge to celebrate. Fatmagül is off to see Mustafa off on another fishing trip and accidentally comes across them. Erdoğan, Selim and Vural gang-rape her, with Kerim passed out with no recollection of the event. A traumatized Fatmagül is later discovered the next morning by Ebe Nine while she was picking her herbs. As the town goes into an uproar over the rape incident, Fatmagül is forced to remain silent and get married to one of her rapists. Kerim accepts the blame and agrees to marry Fatmagül as he mistakenly believes himself to be guilty and in order to protect his friends . As a result Fatmagül and Kerim’s families sell their properties and move to İstanbul to start a new life. But things become complicated due to the machinations of the Yaşarans and their unscrupulous lawyer Münir Telci (Murat Daltaban) who seek to protect themselves as well as Mustafa who seeks revenge after breaking engagement because he’s convinced from the people in the village and the Yaşarans that Fatmagül cheated on him. So, the story attempts to answer whether two people – two enemies because of sins and mistakes of others – can learn to love each other in a marriage agreed only on paper. Will Mustafa catch up with Fatmagül and learn the truth? Will the rape shade the innocence? Will the past be forgotten?
Also I need to say that this TV show is based upon the Vedat Türkali's “Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?” novel, but researching I found out that story in the book is nothing like the one on the show and that a lot of characters don’t exist in the book. At last and not the least, the performance of the actors, ESPECIALLY main ones, Beren Saat and Engin Akyürek is just FANTASTIC!! You can literally feel that chemistry and love between them, like they were a couple in real life- amazing!! And you need to remember that in their shows, movies they can’t express themselves with hugging and kissing in every single episode, it’s all based on the facial, body language , looks towards each other cause other kind of behavior it’s not appropriate for their religion and culture. In the end I got to say that I fell in love, with Turkey and Istanbul and their culture, so much that I’m planning to take classes to learn Turkish. I’m so excited, like a little child.:D
Which is your favorite TV Show? Did you ever watched a Turkish one?
All of the moms in every part of the world definitely deserve to have their special day. It’s not said without a reason that they have the most difficult job. So this weekend, on Sunday, May 13th, all of us have a perfect excuse to show our mothers how much we love them and to thank them on all they’ve done for us by doing something special for them. Either if that’s spending day with her, going to the movies, dinner, making her breakfast in bed, card or buying her something, it’s the thought that counts. Here are couple of my ideas for gifts you can give to your mom:
1. MAMMA MIA Wrapped Gift Box; $39.95, LUSH 2. MERCI Finest Assortment of European Chocolate; $5.49, Target 3. Jessie Steele Home: Betty Sweet Cupcakes Hostess Apron; $19.99, Bed Bath &Beyond 4. essie 4 Pc Mega Mini Color Cube; $17, NORDSTROM 5. Slatkin & Co. 3-Wick Cinnamon & Clove buds candle; $19.50, Zebra 3-Wick Candle Sleew; $5.00, Bath & Body Works 6. Shawl with a printed pattern; $9.95, H&M 7. Jamie Oliver: Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals Cook Book; $21.94, BARNES&NOBLE 8. Natural Manicure Set; $11.99, BURT’S BEES 9. Pearlescent Swag Necklace; $10.80, FOREVER 21 10. Tea Cup Orchid: $19.99, ProPlants