The İstanbul Film Festival is around the corner!

 

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Turkey’s biggest international cinema event Istanbul Film Festival is getting ready to meet cinema lovers for the 36th time. The 36th Istanbul Film Festival, with a roster comprising highlights from Turkey and world cinema will take place between 5 and 15 April.

The Istanbul Film Festival presents a rich programme in its 36th edition as ever, running a gamut from the latest productions of world cinema to cult films, most recent Turkish films, and classics, new discoveries, masterpieces, and hidden treasures. The festival hosts 186 feature films, as well as 17 short films in 21 different categories and in addition to the screening of a total of 203 films by 207 directors from 61 countries, Q&As and festival talks with guest filmmakers, concerts, and other special events.

The festival has a gift for students this year for the first time. With the support of the patrons, a total of 20,000 festival seats for weekday screenings at 11.00, 13.30, and 16.00 will be reserved for students for 1 TL.

Cinema Honorary Awards

The Cinema Honorary Awards of the Istanbul Film Festival, presented to distinguished figures of cinema of Turkey, will be presented to five artists this year: one of the most productive scriptwriters of the Turkish cinema Barış Pirhasan, an unforgettable face with her natural and subtle acting Selma Güneri, beloved film and stage actor Macit Koper and an important contributor to the visual language of our cinema, the cinematography master Çetin Tunca.

Ian McKellen, revered stage and film actor is the Istanbul Film Festival’s Honorary Guest

One of the most beloved actors on film with his memorable roles in Richard III, Gods and Monsters, Lord of the Rings, and X-Men series, Sir Ian McKellen will be the guest of the festival in cooperation with the British Council to receive the Cinema Honorary Award of the Istanbul Film Festival.

Ian McKellen will receive the award at the Opening Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, 4 April and will also meet film lovers at the screenings of Richard III to be shown in Beyoğlu Atlas and Rexx movie theatres. McKellen will also give a talk at Albert Long Hall at the Bosphorus University on Friday, 7 April.

Competitions across the festival

The competitions of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival will begin on 8 April. The winners of the competitions will be announced at the 36th Istanbul Film Festival Award Ceremony to be held on Friday, 14 April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL GOLDEN TULIP COMPETITION

In the International Competition section of the Istanbul Film Festival, 13 films from 11 countries, under the “New Perspectives in Cinema” theme will vie for the Golden Tulip.

International Golden Tulip Competition films:

  • Chez Nous / This is Our Land / Lucas Belvaux / France-Belgium
  • Chemi Bednieri Ojakhi / My Happy Family / Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Gros / Georgia-Germany-France
  • Bar Bahr / In Between / Maysaloun Hamoud / Israel
  • La jeune fille sans mains / The Girl Without Hands / Sébastien Laudenbach / France
  • Weirdos / Bruce McDonald / Canada
  • Lady Macbeth / William Oldroyd / United Kingdom
  • Zer / Kazım Öz / Turkey-Germany
  • O Ornitólogo / The Ornithologist / João Pedro Rodrigues / Portugal-France-Brazil
  • Manifesto / Julian Rosefeldt / Germany-Australia
  • Estiu 1993 / Summer 1993 / Carla Simon / Spain
  • Home / Fien Troch / Belgium
  • Casting / Nicolas Wackerbarth / Germany
  • Tiere / Animals / Greg Zglinski / Switzerland-Austria-Poland

 

HUMAN RIGHTS IN CINEMA: THE FILM AWARD OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE (FACE)

The Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) is being presented only at the Istanbul Film Festival since 11 years.

Human Rights in Cinema Competition films:

  • Last Men in Aleppo / Feras Fayyad, Steen Johannessen / Denmark-Germany
  • Félicité / Alain Gomis / France-Belgium-Senegal-Germany-Lebanon
  • Slava / Glory / Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov / Bulgaria-Greece
  • Raftan / Parting / Navid Mahmoudi / Afghanistan-Iran
  • Newton / Amit Masurkar / India
  • Mavi Sessizlik / Blue Silence / Bülent Öztürk / Turkey-Belgium
  • Exil / Exile / Rithy Panh / France-Cambodia
  • I Am Not Your Negro / Raoul Peck / USA-France-Belgium
  • Plateia Amerikis / Amerika Square / Yannis Sakaridis / Greece-Germany-United Kingdom
  • Noces / A Wedding / Stephan Streker / Belgium-Pakistan-Luxembourg-France

NATIONAL GOLDEN TULIP COMPETITION

12 films that were completed in the 2016-17 season will be vying for the Golden Tulip in the National Competition of the festival, 10 of them world premieres and 1 of them Turkey premiere.

National Golden Tulip Competition films:

  • Taş / The Stone / Orhan Eskiköy
  • İşe Yarar Bir Şey / Something Useful / Pelin Esmer
  • Mahalle / Inside / Buğra Gülsoy, Serhat Teoman
  • Bütün Saadetler Mümkündür / All Felicities Are Possible / Selman Kılıçaslan
  • Zer / Kazım Öz
  • Kaygı / Inflame / Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
  • Mavi Sessizlik / Blue Silence / Bülent Öztürk
  • Sarı Sıcak / Yellow Heat / Fikret Reyhan
  • Murtaza / Özgür Sevimli
  • Martı / The Seagull / Erkan Tunç
  • Tereddüt / Clair Obscur / Yeşim Ustaoğlu
  • Kırık Kalpler Bankası / The Bank of Broken Hearts / Onur Ünlü

NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

The Istanbul Film Festival will be awarding a 10,000 TL worth Best Documentary Award, in order to support documentary film-makers and documentary film production in Turkey.

National Documentary Competition films:

  • Mana Mou İstanbul / Nihan Arısoy
  • Son Yaprak / The Last Leaf / Handan Erdil
  • Yeşil Kırmızı / The Red Green / Ersin Kana
  • Aşk Bitti / Acabou o Amor / Love is Over / Mert Kaya
  • Sessizliğin Kardeşleri / Birayên Bêdengiyê / Brothers of Silence / Taylan Mintaş
  • Derdo Ana ve Ceviz Ağacı / Mother Derdo and The Walnut Tree / Serdar Önal
  • Üçüncü Bölgeden Hücum Varyasyonları / Attack Variations from the Third Region / Sedat Şahin, Murat Adıyaman
  • Ah / Mustafa Ünlü
  • Blue / Mehmet Sertan Ünver

 NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION

The National Short Film Competition will be held for the second time with the intent of encouraging short film making, supporting the development in this field, and bringing together the audience and short films of quality.

National Short Film Competition films: 

  • Hinterlant / Sinan Kesova
  • Rodi / Gözde Yetişkin, Emre Sert
  • Siyah Çember / Hasan Can Dağlı
  • Evbark / Pınar Öğünç
  • Beyazperdeden Yeşil Sahaya / Özgür Demirci
  • İki Parça / Murat Uğurlu
  • Devrialem / Dilek Aydın
  • Nebile Hanımın Solucandeliği / Pınar Yorgancıoğlu
  • Zelal / Filiz Işık Bulut
  • Kot Farkı / Ayris Alptekin
  • Tavşan Kanı / Yağmur Altan

SEYFİ TEOMAN BEST DEBUT FILM PRIZE 

The Istanbul Film Festival presents the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize in memoriam director and producer Seyfi Teoman, who passed away in 2012.

Films to compete for the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award:

  • Mahalle / Inside / Buğra Gülsoy, Serhat Teoman
  • Bütün Saadetler Mümkündür / All Felicities Are Possible / Selman Kılıçaslan
  • Kaygı / Inflame / Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
  • Mavi Sessizlik / Blue Silence / Bülent Öztürk
  • Sarı Sıcak / Yellow Heat / Fikret Reyhan
  • Murtaza / Özgür Sevimli
  • Martı / The Seagull / Erkan Tunç
  • Paçi – Av Sanatı / Paçi – The Art Of Hunting / Elçin Elgür
  • Göçebe / Nomad / Emir Mavitan
  • Damat Koğuşu / Groom’s Block / İlker Savaşkurt
  • Yeni Başlayanlar İçin Hayatta Kalma Sanatı / The Art Of Survival For Beginners / Burak Serbest / Turkey-Romania-Portugal
  • Orhan Pamuk’a Söylemeyin Kars’ta Çektiğim Filmde Kar Romanı da Var / Don’t Tell Orhan Pamuk That His Novel Snow Is in the Film I Made About Kars / Rıza Sönmez
  • Eşik / Verge / Erkan Tahhuşoğlu, Ayhan Salar / Turkey-Germany

FIPRESCI AWARD
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will award the FIPRESCI Award to a film each from the International Competition, the National Competition, and the National Short Film Competition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Sections of the Festival

Cinemania

Originated from the love for the art of filmmaking, this section is constructed around “the passion for cinema,” “cinephilia,” and “Cinemania.” A portmanteau section, Cinemania comprises the highlights, the landmarks and milestones, the unforgettables of the world of cinema: masterpieces of a career in memoriam or in celebration; restored classics, lost films, cult movies, films on films, and surprises…

Where are you my love?

Returning to the programme after a hiatus, Where Are You My Love? brings together films that say love has no age or gender and there are a thousand ways to find and look for love.

Festival’s stellar section: Galas

Istanbul Film Festival’s popular section Galas will include the Turkey premieres of 11 most anticipated films by celebrated directors and star actors. This year, the Galas section features a wide array of interesting, award-winning, and striking productions.

 

Vincent Dieutre: Exercises in Solitude

The retrospective of Vincent Dieutre, the master of French experimental cinema will meet for the first time with the audience in Turkey in Vincent Dieutre: Exercises in Solitude.

 

A Turkish film classic, Ömer Kavur’s Motherland Hotel is on the screen with its restored copy 

The Istanbul Film Festival has been running the project Turkish Classics Revisited for ten years now renovating significant works of the Turkish cinema and reintroducing them to modern viewers. This year sees the renovation of Anayurt Oteli / Motherland Hotel (1987), a film adaptation of Yusuf Atılgan’s novel of the same name directed by Ömer Kavur. The film, renovated by Fanatik Film, will meet the audience 30 years after its production.

When and where festival tickets go on sale

Festival tickets are available for purchase as of Saturday, 25 March at 10.30. The tickets can be purchased on Biletix sales channels and from the box offices at the Atlas and Rexx movie theatres, without any service charge. 

For detailed information on the 36th Istanbul Film Festival: http://film.iksv.org/en

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