“Midnight at the Pera Palace”: the new Turkish series that follows the success of “Club Istanbul”. (Netflix)
Turkish soap operas gradually took over the screens of air channels, winning the hearts of millions of followers around the world. But the series and movies could not be left behind either and that is how new titles came to Netflix (my father’s violin is one of the most recent). Now it’s time toMidnight at the Pera Palacean eight-episode period drama that takes us back in time to the year 1919.
This series is an adaptation of the homonymous novel by charles kingcreated by Elif Usman and directed by Emre Sahin. The story begins with a kind of temporary entanglement, to call it something: a young journalist named Esra (Hazal Kaya) ask him to write an article about the legendary hotel Pear Palace from Istanbul. The young woman moves to the hotel and discovers that one of her historical rooms works as a portal that will take her to the beginning of the 20th century.
Esra will come to a troubled few years in today’s Turkey, when Mustafa Kemal Ataturk (the founder of the current country) is being the victim of a conspiracy. So Esra and Ahmet (Tansu Bicer), the particular and special director of the hotel, will be at the forefront of this historical moment to face the uprising.
Complications will not take long to appear and the journalist will meet Halit (Selahattin Pasali), a handsome and attractive young club owner, and his friend George (James Chalmer), who keep many mysteries for nothing positive.
Esra will become a key piece to investigate the plot and after the murder of Peride, the woman who prevents the death of General Mustafa Kemal, will pretend to be her to blend into the society of the time. Esra’s own past will be mixed up with this new present that she is going through (in fact, she meets the person who will later be her own grandmother.) Will Esra be able to stop everything that is happening without altering the course of the history?
Midnight at the Pera Palace It has a great period reconstruction to reflect the years that followed the First World War, with lavish costumes and precise details in all the decoration, which is very reminiscent of what we saw in the Spanish series. Great Hotel. Intrigue, time travel and love are the keys to this series that will try to win over viewers in Latin America.
Although there is still no confirmation of a second season, the plot course left by the end would indicate that we will have a continuation.