Trailer released for flotilla film shot on 'Mavi Marmara'

Movie portrays IDF soldiers shooting at men charging towards them; film follows Turkish hit-squad searching for Israeli flotilla commanders.

November 9, 2010 17:48
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Turkish Mavi Marmara film

Valley of the Wolves film shot 311. (photo credit: Pana Films)

The trailer for a new Turkish film featuring a particularly violent rendition of the May 31 Gaza flotilla incident was released on the Internet this week.

The movie, Valley of the Wolves – Palestine, is a spinoff from the controversial but highly popular TV drama series Valley of the Wolves, which tells the story of a nationalist undercover agent assigned to kill state enemies.

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The series sparked a diplomatic row between Turkey and Israel earlier this year after an episode showed Israeli security forces kidnapping children and shooting old men. The incident resulted in the Turkish ambassador to Israel being called back to Turkey.

Scenes in the new movie portraying the flotilla were filmed aboard the actual ship involved, the Mavi Marmara.

The trailer depicts Israeli soldiers firing automatic weapons at pipe-wielding passengers on the ship. Later scenes show prisoners being shot, and gunfights between a Turkish hit-squad and Israeli soldiers.

The main plot of the film involves the hit squad – the central characters in the television show – traveling to Israel to track down the IDF commanders responsible for the raid on the Mavi Marmara.

The film was projected to cost over $10 million, making it one of the most expensive Turkish films ever made, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported.

A previous movie, Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, sold over 4.2 million tickets, raising high expectations for the upcoming chapter. The earlier film portrayed American soldiers in Iraq rampantly killing Iraqis. The movie was met with criticism that it was anti-American and anti- Semitic.

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