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Festival to kick off on 7 april, will leave its mark on the city

The Istanbul Film Festival presents a rich programme in its 35th edition as ever, ranging from the latest productions of world cinema to cult films, to the latest Turkish films and the classics, new discoveries, masterpieces, and hidden treasures. The festival hosts 187 feature films, as well as 10 short and 24 experimental films, in 25 different categories and in addition to the screening of a total of 221 films by 223 directors from 62 countries, there will be talks with guest filmmakers, panel discussions, concerts, and other special events.

The press meeting of the 35th Istanbul Film Festival to be held on Monday night, 14 March at Soho House İstanbul was cancelled after the terrorist attack in Ankara. İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, Akbank CEO Hakan Binbaşgil, and Istanbul Film Festival Director Kerem Ayan, extended their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims and wished a quick recovery to those injured.

10 movie theatres host festival films

A supporter of independent movie theatres since its inception, the 35th Istanbul Film Festival will be hosted at ten cinemas: Atlas, Beyoğlu, and Fitaş (two halls) movie theatres, as well as Akbank Sanat and Istituto Italiano di Cultura in the Beyoğlu region, Feriye movie theatre in Ortaköy, Rexx movie theatre (two halls) in Kadıköy, and the Istanbul Modern Cinema in Tophane. The screenings will be at 11:00, 13:30, 16:00, 19:00 and 21:30, with traditional midnight sessions at 24:00 on Fridays and Saturdays, at the Atlas and Rexx movie theatres.

Festival spreads out across Istanbul this year

The Istanbul Film Festival screenings spread out on both sides of the city this year. On 16 and 17 April, which is the final weekend of the festival, a special selection of films will be screened at the Hoca Ahmet Yesevi Cultural Centre in Sultangazi and the Türkan Saylan Cultural Centre in Maltepe.

New sections in the festival

The Istanbul Film Festival continues its much loved, classic sections such as the Akbank Galas, Challenging the Years, From the World of Festivals, Young Masters, Documentary Time with NTV, Mined Zone, Antidepressant, Kids’ Menu, and Midnight Madness in its 35th edition, with the addition of sections special to this year.

• Musicians: The festival offers a brand new section this year for those who nurture their souls with music. 8 films that tell the stories of people who have made music an inseparable part of their lives will meet the audience in the Musicians section.

• Hidden Gems: One of the festival’s new sections to make much impact is the Hidden Gems, which will unearth films that are little-known in cinema history, that were banned, lost, left unscreened for years, or that did not receive the acknowledgement they deserve. Curated by Alkan Avcıoğlu, this section will debut 4 films, which were either discovered late or were restored.

• In Pursuit of Light: American Avantgarde Cinema of the 70s: With a view to opening a well-deserved space for experimental cinema, the Istanbul Film Festival goes back to the beginnings of this special genre and gathers the pioneering figures of the American avant-garde cinema from its prime in the 70s. In this section curated by Burak Çevik, films by such masters as Stan Brakhage, Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Robert Breer, Hollis Frampton, Ernie Gehr, Jonas Mekas, Stan Van Der Beek, Jerome Hill, and James Benning will make their Turkey premiere screened in their original 16mm format at the Istanbul Modern Cinema.

• Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Director: The Istanbul Film Festival pays tribute to one of the most authentic, most independent, and most creative directors of all times, Otto Preminger, on the 30th anniversary of his death. A special selection of his 10 outstanding films will give cinephiles the perfect opportunity to get to know Otto Preminger better and watch his films on the big screen even after so many years. Father of “film noir”, called “Otto the Terrible” among other nicknames, he was always the one to push the limits, raise discussions, and to address taboos in his films. The master graphic designer Yurdaer Altıntaş, who has prepared the posters for many of the Istanbul Film Festival’s sections and events in earlier editions, has designed a special poster for this section.

The festival does not forget children

The 35th Istanbul Film Festival screens two French films for its young followers this year in a section entitled, “Kids’ Menu”: Simon Rouby’s animation film Adama, which was nominated for the European Film Academy’s European Film Awards, and the laughter-filled Sophie’s Misfortunes, adapted from Comtesse de Segur’s book from the 1850s.

Festival guests

The Istanbul Film Festival continues to host many guest filmmakers, actors and film professionals together with the festival audience. The actors and directors whose films will introduce their films before the screenings and hold Q&A sessions after. The festival guests include:

- The President of the Jury for the Golden Tulip International Competition Pablo Trapero, whose film El Clan will be screened in the Akbank Galas section, and his actress wife Martina Gusman;

- The Greek popstar Sakis Rouvas, who stars in the film Chevalier;

- Leyla Bouzid, the director, and the Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali, one of the actresses, of the film As I Open My Eyes, to be shown in the Musicians section;

- Felix van Groeningen, the director of Belgica, which won the Best Director Award at Sundance;

- Ciro Guerra, the director of Colombia’s first ever Oscar-nominated film, Embrace of the Serpent;

- Lucille Hadzihalilovic, recipient of the festival’s Radikal People’s Choice Award and the FIPRESCI Award for the International Competition section 10 years ago;

- Anca Damian, who won the Jury Special Award for her animation documentary Crulic in the 2012 FACE Human Rights in Cinema Competition and whose latest film The Magic Mountain will be screened at this year’s festival;

- Gianfranco Rosi, director of Fire at Sea, the recipient of Berlin Film Festival’s grand prize, the Golden Bear;

- Director Mai Masri, whose film 3000 Nights deals with the lives of Palestinian women under occupation.

Talks, Panel Discussions and Master Classes in the Festival

The 35th İstanbul Film Festival offers an intense schedule not only for its film programme, but also with its talks, panel discussions, and master classes.

The Golden Tulip National Competition’s President of the Jury, actress Müjde Ar will meet film lovers in a talk session, while the Golden Tulip International Competition’s President of the Jury, director Pablo Trapero will give a master class. Curator of the festival’s special section In Pursuit of Light: American Avantgarde Cinema of the 70s, Burak Çevik and director Herb Shellenberger will hold a panel discussion on experimental cinema. In parallel to this year’s special retrospective section Otto Preminger: Anatomy of a Director, film critic Nil Kural and former director of the Edinburgh Film Festival Chris Fujiwara will hold a panel discussion on the cinema of the legendary director. Furthermore, documentarians Emel Çelebi and Güliz Sağlam will hold a panel discussion on documentary-making in Turkey, and video artist Ali Kazma on video art. You can follow the up-to-date information on the festival events on and on our social media accounts.

Concerts and parties at the festival

Mdou Moctar, star of the Nigerien film Color of Blue With a Little Red in It, which features audio-visually captivating music performances, will give a concert within the scope of the festival at Salon İKSV on Saturday night,  9 April. Guitarist, singer, and composer Mdou Moctar has won worldwide recognition for his experimental approach to traditional Tuareg music.

Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali, who impresses with her acting in the role of mother in As I Open My Eyes, will also give a concert within the scope of the festival. Acclaimed as one of the most amazing voices of the Arab world, Ghalia Benali blends Arabic folk tunes and traditional jazz forms with modern chillout and classic Indian music. She will be at the Salon İKSV on Tuesday night, 12 April.