After much anticipation by fans, the trailer for Paper Lives has been released, and it looks amazing. The movie will stream on Netflix on March 12, 2021. Paper Lives [film] – Starring Cagatay Ulusoy, together with Emir Ali Dogrul, the film is directed by the talented Can Ulkay (Ayla) and produced by OGM Pictures. OGM Pictures/ founder Onur Guvenatam was also behind The Protector. The script is brought to life by Ercan Mehmet Erdem (Behzat C.). More details here.

Netflix summary says “In the streets of Istanbul, ailing waste warehouse worker Mehmet takes a small boy under his wing and must soon confront his own traumatic childhood.” The following screenshot shows the genre it is listed under.


With the soulful acting from the veritable Cagatay Ulusoy, paired with the strength of script and the aesthecism director Can Ulkay imbibes in each and every screen, this promises to be a heart-touching story.

This will be the second Netflix original Turkish movie, and Netflix’s second collaboration with production house O3 Medya/ OGM Pictures. Most of the Turkish Netflix originals thus far have been a single or multi-season series. One earlier film, Leyla Everlasting, had middling response as it is far removed from the typical Turkish fare focusing on social issues of family, love, brotherhood and more.

The lead actor in Paper Lives Cagatay was also the lead actor in the first Netflix original Turkish series The Protector and, once again, he leads the charge with the first movie focused on a very Turkish story, with both productions backed by Onur Guvenatam’s companies – O3 Medya for The Protector, and OGM Pictures for Paper Lives.

Fans are awaiting excitedly for the debut of the movie, which is not only a visual treat, but also addresses deep social issues for the homeless and how many of them can end up that way.  In 2016, there were reports of Cagatay producing a short-film called Home, that focused on the homeless in Los Angeles. Clearly this is a subject that he has thought deeply about and to be able bring this movie to the screens seems it is a labor of love as much as it is a creative outlet.

With millions of Cagatay fans across the globe, we expect this movie project to be just as successful as The Protector proved to be, which not only had more than 10 million views in its first four weeks of the first season, but also made it in the WSJ top 10 most streamed international series as reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Wishing luck to everyone on the team!

​Article (c) CUNA

Check out these US news outlets for coverage on Paper Lives:

Hidden Remote: 5 new Netflix Movies to Watch in March 2021
Screen Realm: ‘Paper Lives’ Trailer: Raising a Homeless Child in Turkish Netflix Film
PopSugar: Clear Your Schedule For The 11 New Netflix Movies Premiering In March

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