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Festival awards presented | 14.04.2017 Meetings On The Bridge award winners announced | 12.04.2017 LIFT YOUR HEAD UP, THE FESTIVAL IS AROUND THE CORNER | 04.04.2017 Extra screenings | 25.03.2017 15th Istanbul Biennial to collaborate with the festival | 07.03.2017 Diversely dissimilar cinematic spirits roam festival’s "Mined Zone" | 28.02.2017 “Django”, “I am Not year Negro” among Berlinale films in the Istanbul festival programme | 07.02.2017 36th Istanbul Film Festival announces first films from its programme | 31.01.2017 The Taylan Brothers will serve as the jury presidents | 25.01.2017 We commemorate Onat Kutlar | 11.01.2017 Motherland Hotel will be restored with the support of Groupama | 10.01.2017 Mithat Alam passed away | 27.11.2016 Cinema Honorary Awards are determined | 23.11.2016 Legendary actor Tarık Akan passed away | 16.09.2016 In memoriam our friend Seyfi Teoman | 08.05.2016 After the 35th Istanbul Film Festival | 19.04.2016 Festival awards announced | 15.04.2016 Additional screenings | 04.04.2016 12-hour film-a-thon “Out1” on the silver screen | 22.03.2016 Eurimages Audentia Award will be presented for the first time | 17.03.2016 The ACTRICES KATE BARRY exhibition open at the Institut Français. | 09.03.2016 Jury presidents announced | 24.02.2016 Jacques Rivette passed away | 29.01.2016 The İstanbul Film Festival commemorates Şakir Eczacıbaşı | 23.01.2016 Ettora Scola passed away | 20.01.2016 Cinema Honorary Awards are announced | 20.01.2016




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The city eyes the festival

The city will satiate with cinema in the two weeks of the festival that will provide a rich palette of award-winning films of the world cinema, the latest of the Turkish cinema, classics, masterpieces and the latest discoveries, along with talks with directors and actors and the most entertaining parties.

It’s only a few days to the Istanbul Film Festival, which proudly keeps its position as the standard-bearer after 34 years, for the diversity and the quality of its content. To be held between 4-19 April this year, Istanbul Film Festival will once again offer cinephiles a most generous programme that pushes the boundaries of creativity, encompassing the newest films from 2014 and 2015, as well as the masterpieces of all times, the latest films of great directors, and those of the up-and-coming prodigies yet to be discovered. Further to the 20 odd sections featuring 204 films by 222 directors from 62 countries, there will also be free-of-charge talks and workshops by renowned filmmakers, master classes, and other special events within the scope of the festival.

34th Istanbul Film Festival Press Meeting

The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival was announced at a press meeting led by the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan, also with the participation of İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, and Akbank General Manager Hakan Binbaşgil, at İKSV’s official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel on Tuesday, 10 March.

Underlining Istanbul Film Festival’s significance in the establishment of a culture and tradition of cinema in Turkey, Hakan Binbaşgil, General Manager of Akbank said, “Every year, this impressive artistic event presents the most prestigious and original films. The festival also plays a major role in the advancement of our cinema. I think one of the key reasons behind the success of the Istanbul Film Festival as a world-renowned event is the passionate support of its viewers. The ceaseless enthusiasm of viewers since 34 years encourages the organisers to always aim higher.” Binbaşgil continued: “Akbank is glad to support this prominent festival for the 11th time in a row.
I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who has worked to turn the Istanbul Film Festival into a prestigious event that also contributes greatly to cinema on an international scale. First and foremost, I would like to commemorate Şakir Eczacıbaşı with great respect; he will always be remembered as a mentor and a pioneer. And, of course, I would like to thank Chairman Bülent Eczacıbaşı and his successful team at İKSV, an organisation that has contributed tremendously to our artistic and cultural lives for more than 40 years.”

Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan briefed the guests on the festival programme and the events, while also announcing the films that will compete for the International Golden Tulip Competition, National Golden Tulip Competition, as well as those in the FACE Human Rights in Cinema and the newly launched National Documentary Competitions. Azize Tan noted that this year was the 20th anniversary of the death of Onat Kutlar
–co-founder of the festival–and the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque Association, which was also founded by Kutlar and his friends in 1965. In her speech, Tan also referred to the insufficiency of movie theatres in Istanbul, stating that the festival still had difficulty after all these years in finding adequate venues for screenings.

The press meeting of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival was broadcast live on and, with the kind support of İKSV’s Official Communication Sponsor Vodafone.

Cinema Honorary Awards

This year, the Istanbul Film Festival Honorary Awards will be given to five esteemed figures of the Turkish cinema: director-producer Yılmaz Atadeniz, musician Cahit Berkay, actress Nebahat Çehre, writer-director Safa Önal, and actor Süleyman Turan. The Honorary Awards will be presented at the festival's Opening Ceremony at the Lütfi Kırdar International Convention and Exhibition Center on Friday, 3 April.

As a tribute, the festival will screen Yılmaz Güney’s unforgettable film Seyyit Han (1968) starring Yılmaz Güney and Nebahat Çehre, Yılmaz Atadeniz’s Maskeli Beşler / The Masked 5 (1968) with Süleyman Turan in the lead alongside Tamer Yiğit, Selma Güneri and Erol Taş and Temel Gürsu’s Dikkat Kan Aranıyor / Attention! Blood is Wanted featuring Süleyman Turan and Ekrem Bora.

Festival Programme

The programme of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival is replete with films that recently premiered at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals, as well as with documentaries, children’s movies, and the latest masterpieces of master directors, along with many other features. The festival’s traditional sections such as the Akbank Galas, Masters, From the World of Festivals, New Visions, Documentary Time with NTV, Mined Zone, Antidepressant, Kid’s Menu and Midnight Madness will this year be complemented with extra sections and special screenings.

The festival catalogue that gives comprehensive information about the films and the events, as well as the screening schedule and all other details about the festival, will be available at all the festival movie theatres and Biletix sales points for 5 TL.

New Sections in the Festival

• Balkans: Cinema of Flames: This year, the Istanbul Film Festival dedicates a special section to the cinema of the Balkans, for which Kujtim Cashku says “The Balkans is the land of stories and storytellers” and which Nuri Bilge Ceylan describes as “a certain type of character, a certain type of spirit, an essence.” “The Balkans: Cinema of Flames”, inspired after Professor Dina Iordanova’s book of the same title, will bring together the best and the most contemporary films from this very special region. Seven films in total from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, and Macedonia will be screened within the scope of this section.

• Family Ties: Another new section in this year’s Istanbul Film Festival focuses on the family, which Brad Pitt refers as “a risky venture”, for which actress Aishwarya Rai says “My family is my strength and my weakness”, and which Haneke deconstructs in each and every one of his films. The ties that constitute a family–the most sanctified, the most criticized, and the most exploited social institution of all–are approached, scrutinized, questioned, and even battered in the 10 films in this section.

• Special Screening: Little Truths: In its 10th year, the Istanbul Modern pays a tribute to the centenary of the Turkish cinema with a film project, for which five directors or director duos chosen by the Istanbul Modern Cinema made short films referring to cinema in Turkey. These short films that contribute to the country’s cinematic history from a contemporary point-of-view were produced specifically for Istanbul Modern’s project with the support of Istanbul Development Agency, and they will be screened together under the title of “Little Truths” in the festival.

• German Animation Cinema: This section is a collaboration of the Istanbul Film Festival and Goethe-Institut and includes German animation films from the past three years from young upcoming and already celebrated directors and filmmakers. The programme to be formed by two sections is prepared by Annegret Richter, Head of the Animation Programme of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animation Film.

Lisandro Alonso Retrospective at the Festival

The festival celebrates the work of writer-director Lisandro Alonso, a leading figure in the New Argentine Cinema, by screening his entire filmography for the first time in Turkey. This special section, which comprises Alonso’s latest movie Jauja (2014) with Viggo Mortensen in the lead, as well as his tetralogy Liverpool (2008), O Fantasma (2006), Los Muertos (2004), and La Libertad (2001), provides a unique opportunity for cinephiles who would like to explore the enchanting and mysterious atmosphere typical to the movies by Alonso, who combines the conventional techniques of fiction and documentary cinema.

A Masterpiece of Turkish Cinema Renovated: Metin Erksan’s “Revenge of the Snakes”

With the collaboration of Groupama, the Istanbul Film Festival has been renovating the distinguished works of the Turkish cinema and reintroducing them to the modern viewers, for eight years now. This year sees the restoration of one of the masterpieces of the Turkish cinema: Metin Erksan’s 1962 film, Revenge of the Snakes. Restored by Fanatik Film Revenge of the Snakes will premier within the scope of the Turkish Classics Revisited section on the evening of 9 April and subsequently meet its audience on 12 April.

The Festival Commemorates Onat Kutlar
Tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque: “Il Gattopardo”

The festival commemorates Onat Kutlar on the 20th anniversary of his death with a special screening. The Istanbul Film Festival pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Turkish Cinematheque Association, founded in 1965 by Onat Kutlar and his friends, who was also among the founders of the festival, by a special screening of one of Kutlar’s favourite directors. Visconti’s masterpiece Il Gattopardo / The Leopard (1963) will be screened at the festival from its restored print, while Kutlar’s article on Visconti, originally published in the Yeni Sinema Magazine in 1967, will be republished in the festival catalogue. A panel will be held on Friday, 10 April at Istanbul Modern, where the mission and heritage of “Cinematheque years” will be discussed.