An Admirable Perseverance: 13-Year-Old Isabella Haddock Learned Turkish in 6 Months with Online Lessons!

Organized since 1964, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will be very colorful this year as well. Successful local films will be screened at this year’s 59th Golden Orange Film Festival. What we learned about ‘Hara’, one of the award nominees in the ‘National Feature Film Competition’, surprised us all. It turns out that Isabella Haddock, who stars in the movie, learned Turkish in a short time… Let’s take a look at the details together.

Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will be held for the 59th time this year. Details about the movie Hara, which is among the award nominees, attracted attention.

Haran Film Isabella

The first show of the film Hara, starring Nehir Erdoğan and Dolunay Soysert, took place at Atatürk Cultural Center Aspendos Hall.

After the show, the actors had an interview with Atalay Taşdiken, the director and screenwriter of the film, and drew attention by placing chairs with the names of Mine Özerden and Çiğdem Mater on them.

But the most striking point of the interview was 13-year-old Isabella Haddock. Director Taşdiken gave a special mention to the young actress during his thank you speech and said, “When we first met Isabella, she was living in the US and didn’t speak Turkish. Within 6 months, she learned Turkish with online lessons.”

Isabella Haddock

‘When I sent this film here, I didn’t think it would be selected. Our art cinema is stuck in a cliché that it has to have an ambiguous, pessimistic ending. I would like to thank the pre-jury for finding this film worthy of selection. My aim in making cinema is to touch people. I find works that do not touch the audience unsuccessful. When we first met Isabella, she was living in the US and did not speak Turkish. Within 6 months she learned Turkish with online lessons.’

Isabella Haddock, who learned Turkish with online lessons in 6 months in order to get a role in the movie, said, “I feel very lucky to work with a very valuable team at this age.

Isabella Haddock

Isabella Haddock, who appears on the cover of Hara with this photo, has previously appeared in the films Lilac and Screaming Flowers.

We wish Isabella Haddock and the entire Hara film team all the best!

Enes Sahin

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