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The 30th Istanbul Film Festival has started with a memorable opening ceremony

The much anticipated annual Istanbul Film Festival, which is organized by the Istanbul Foundation of Culture and Arts and sponsored by Akbank, has started with an opening ceremony full of surprises in Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Friday night April 1st. Throughout the ceremony, the distinguished faces of the past and the present of Turkish cinema took the stage and celebrated the 30th anniversary of the festival.

Unlike previous years, the 30th Istanbul Film Festival Opening Ceremony was full of surprises. During the ceremony colorful stories about the 30 years of the festival were shared, special clips that included the footages of the previous festivals, street interviews, the awarded directors and the old footages of the foundation years were shown, and the stars of Turkish cinema took the stage. The opening ceremony was anchored by Mehmet Ali Alabora and was broadcasted live on CNN TÜRK.

Throughout the ceremony, the well-known directors and players of Turkish cinema including Türkan Şoray, İzzet Günay and Hale Soygazi; Semih Kaplanoğlu and Yeşim Ustaoğlu; Saadet Işıl Aksoy, Mert Fırat, and Serra Yılmaz, Mehmet Günsür and Özgü Namal, told the story of the thirty year old festival through their own memories.

Among those who told the past and the present of Istanbul Film Festival, there were also significant names including Hülya Uçansu, who started working at the Cinema Days in 1983 and worked as the director of the festival for 17 years; Vecdi Sayar, the “prime mover” behind the Istanbul Film Festival and worked as the art director of the festival for 13 years, and the cinema writer Atilla Dorsay, who is also the member of the festival’s advisory board since the second year of the festival.

During the 30th Istanbul Film Festival opening ceremony, a special video was shown about the movie theatres in Beyoğlu and especially Emek Theatre that hosted the festival for 28 years, yet has been closed down since 25 October 2009. The cinema veteran Hikmet Dikmen, who worked at the Emek Theatre for years, delivered a speech which emphasized the significance of the festival audience, and underlined his wish for the perpetuation of the existence of the currently closed down Emek Theatre as a part of the cinemagoers’ life, and as a public space where the future generations would meet art.

The opening guests of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival were first, with his works and approaches Gus Van Sant and the master director Belá Tarr, who influenced the contemporary and independent cinema. The Chairman of IKSV Bülent Eczacıbaşı presented the “Cinema Honorary Award” of the Istanbul Film Festival to the Hungarian director Belá Tarr, also known as the “Cinema Philosopher”. The director's last film Turin Horse, which was awarded the Special Jury Award in Berlin Film Festival, will also be screened in the scope of the festival. Belá Tarr will meet the audience after the screening of his film on Saturday April 2 at Atlas Theatre. Tarr will also give a cinema lecture on April 3 in IKSV Salon, at 4 pm.

The annual “Cinema Honorary Awards” were received by four valuable artists who worked for the Turkish cinema for years. Ertunç Şenkay started his cinema career in 1975 and in a short time he came forward as one of the camera experts. Later on he became one of the greatest cinematographers of Turkish Cinema, and worked over a hundred films including the popular comedies of Arzu Film, as well as the very new directors who shot their first films. Şenkay received his award from Yavuz Özkan with whom he worked at seven films.

Metin Akpınar drew unforgettable compositions in more than 50 films over forty years. He improved his acting with the masters of theatre, such as Haldun Taner and Ulvi Uraz, and he co-founded the first cabaret theatre in Turkey, which is Devekuşu Cabaret Theatre. Metin Akpınar received his award from Demet Akbağ.

Zeki Alasya started his career as an amateur theatre actor in 1959, and continued with the Devekuşu Cabaret Theatre that he also co-founded. He earned the hearts of millions by 64 actings, 28 directings and 8 scriptwriting experiments, all of which are either for the white screen or the TV screen. Zeki Alasya also received his award from Demet Akbağ.

Yusuf Kurçenli started his cinema life in 1977 with The Wage of Freedom and became the pioneer of the search for style and content with his other films including And Zeynep And Zehra And Ayse (1983), Gramaphone (1987), Blackout Nights (1990), Unsent Letters (2002) and Ask Your Heart (2010), and he was deemed to deserve the Best Film and the Best Director awards in the festival. The master screenwriter and director Yusuf Kurçenli was also presented the “Cinema Honorary Award” by Türkan Şoray who stars in his Gramaphone and Unsent Letters.

After the opening ceremony, the festival started with the French director Marc Fistoussi’s Copacabana which co-stars Isabella Huppert, who is the the star actress of French cinema and her real life daughter Lolita Chammah.

Till April 17, the 30th Istanbul Film Festival will create a festival spirit for 16 days with over 230 films, which will be screened at Atlas, Beyoğlu AFM Fitaş 1 and 4, Beyoğlu, Pera Museum theatres in Beyoğlu, Nişantaşı CityLife (City’s) and Rexx in Kadıköy, as well as various paralell activities, concerts, master classes and discussion sessions which will be enlivened with the themes of the festival and with special guests.