Five Minarets in New York (Turkish: New York’ta Beş Minare) is an upcoming Turkish action film directed by Mahsun Kırmızıgül.
The film’s title is a play on popular folk song, Five Minarets in Bitlis.
Director Mahsun Kırmızıgül wrote the story and the screenplay for the film around 11 years before production commenced.
The film was shot from April/May 2010 on location in New York, USA and Istanbul, Turkey with an estimated budget of US$20,000,000.
Cinematographer Jim Gucciardo shot the film in Anamorphic 35mm using an Arricam LT with Hawk Anamorphic V series lenses as the main “A” camera as well as a 1-Arri 435 for high speed sequences and a 1-Arri 235 for handheld and special Steadicam sequences.
The film follows two police officers from the southeastern Turkish province of Diyarbakır, sent to New York to bring back a Turkish smuggler who was arrested in the United States and who will be delivered to Turkish authorities by the FBI.
* Mahsun Kırmızıgül as Fırat
* Haluk Bilginer as Hadjı
* Mustafa Sandal as Acar
* Danny Glover as Marcus
* Gina Gershon as Maria
* Robert Patrick as Becker
US-based Turkish graphic artist Emrah Yücel designed the theatrical poster for the film, which features New York’s signature skyline in the background with minarets rising among skyscrapers. Headshots of the film’s leading cast were also added in a revised version.
Teasers showing Kırmızıgül and Sandal running around the streets of New York City with footage of a speech by U.S. President Obama, planes crashing into the World Trade Center and a group of Muslims praying in Central Park, managed to shock and raise anticipation in Turkish Audiences.
The film's Turkish release has been set for November 5, 2010 (2010-11-05).