Original Title: Bir Zamanlar Cukurova
English Title: Bitter Lands
Also Known As: Tierra amarga, Once Upon a Time in Cukurova
Genre: Drama, Romance
Broadcast Network: Atv
Broadcast Period: September 13, 2018 –
Production Company: Tims&B Production
Director: Murat Saracoglu, Faruk Teber
Screen Writer: Su Ersoz, Derem Ciray, Yildiz Tunc
Filming Locations: Adana, Turkey
The story begins in Istanbul in 1970s and continues in the fertile lands of Cukurova, Adana (a city in the south of Turkey).
Zuleyla (Hilal Altinbilek) is a young and beautiful girl who lives in Istanbul together with her step-brother Veli (Mustafa Acilan) and her sister-in-law. She works as a tailor in a well-known district in Istanbul and dreams to get married to her lover Yilmaz (Ugur Gunes).
Yilmaz is a hardworking guy who works as a car mechanic. After his family passed away long ago, he has been raised by his master. Yilmaz does not have a wealthy life but he can do anything to make his lover Zuleyha happy.
Zuleyla and Yilmaz want to get married as soon as possible and start their new life together. However, something unexpected happens and they become the victims of fate.
Zuleyha’s step-brother Veli sells his sister to a crime boss in order to pay back his gambling debt. Unaware of this fact, Zuleyha falls into a trap due to the cruelty of her own family. Yilmaz, on the other hand, commits murder and kills the crime boss in order to save the woman he loves passionately.
After this tragedy, Yilmaz has nothing to do but to run away from Istanbul to survive. He wants to leave Zuleyha to the custody of his master yet Zuleyha is determined not to leave the man she loves. Hence, Yilmaz and Zuleyla give up their hopes and dreams and start on a grueling escape journey.
The fate brings Yilmaz and Zuleyha to Adana (a city in the southern Turkey). They try to find jobs and earn money while they are trying to keep their identity secret. Out of pure coincidence, Yilmaz comes across to one of his friends from the military service and end up on the fruitful lands of Yaman farm. Eventually, runaway lovers start to work at Yaman farm and introduce themselves as siblings in order not to be separated from each other.
Yaman farm is a well-known farm in Adana which possesses vast and fruitful lands. The landowner Demir (Murat Unalmis) is a young and handsome man who has studied in Berlin, Germany. Demir is a modern and passionate man who aims to bring mechanization in agriculture and by this way, realize his father’s wish of becoming the most powerful man in Adana.
Demir lives together with his mother Hunkar (Vahide Percin). After getting divorced, he closes the book of marriage and love. Demir gives all his time to his work and tries to make his lands more productive. However, his life changes dramatically after he meets Zuleyla.
Demir gets attracted by Zuleyha at first sight. Without knowing that she is in love with another man, Demir develops some feelings towards her. Not only the life of runaway lovers but also the life of Yaman farm turns upside down all of a sudden. On the one hand, there is Hunkar who can do anything to protect her son’s dominance over the fertile lands her family has owned for centuries. On the other hand, there is Yilmaz who can even kill someone for the sake of his love.
In Bitter Lands (Bir Zamanlar Cukurova) tv series story, you will watch the legendary love of Zuleyha and Yilmaz. Will Yilmaz and Zuleyha’s legendary love overcome all obstacles? Will Demir eventually manage to gain Zuleyha’s heart? Will Yilmaz manage to keep his identity secret and protect the woman he loves? Who will win this battle: the powerful ones who can do anything to get what they want or the ones who believe in the power of love?
Bitter Lands (Bir Zamanlar Cukurova) Cast
Hilal Altinbilek as Zuleyha Altun
Ugur Gunes as Yilmaz Akkaya
Murat Unalmis as Demir Yaman
Vahide Percin / Gordum as Hunkar Yaman
Bulent Polat as Gaffur
Turgay Aydin as Sabahattin
Selin Yeninci as Saniye
Sibel Tascioglu as Sermin
Selin Genc as Gulten
Polen Emre as Fadik
Mustafa Acilan as Veli
Serpil Tamur as Haminne
Kadim Yasar as Cengaver
Yeliz Dogramacilar as Fusun
Kerem Alisik as Fekeli
Official Site: https://www.atv.com.tr/webtv/bir-zamanlar-cukurova/bolum
Official Site 2: http://tims.tv/serie/bir-zamanlar-cukurova
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Bitter Lands Tv Series Trailer 1 (with English Subtitles)
Bitter Lands Tv Series Trailer 2 (with English Subtitles)
Bitter Lands Tv Series Trailer 3 (with English Subtitles)
Bitter Lands Tv Series Trailer 4 (with English Subtitles)