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The anticipated films of the season at “Akbank Galas”

“Akbank Galas,” one of the Istanbul Film Festival's popular sections, hosts the Turkish premieres of awaited films bringing together stars and master directors while appealing to a wide audience. Screenings will be held at Atlas Cinema in Beyoğlu.

Premiering as the opening film at this year’s Berlinale and winner the Grand Jury Prize, Wes Anderson’s new film The Grand Budapest Hotel is among the Akbank Galas' most anticipated films. Having its Turkish premiere at the festival, the film tells of the adventures of the famous Gustave H. and his close friend, lobby boy Zero Moustafa, at a legendary hotel in Europe in the 1920's. The film stars Ralph Fiennes, as well as countless celebrities in big and small roles, including  F. Murray Abraham, Edward Norton, Mathieu Amalric, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Léa Seydoux, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Jude Law, Tilda Swinton, Harvey Keitel, Tom Wilkinson, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson.

The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Best Actor Oscar nominee (Schinder's List and The English Patient) Ralph Fiennes, is the story of Nelly Ternan, the mistress of Charles Dickens. Fiennes’ second film as director, and written by Abi Morgan, stars Felicity Jones as Dickens' unforgettable love, Nelly.

The latest film from director Stephen Frears, winner of the Istanbul Film Festival's Honorary Cinema Award in 2003, Philomena, an adaptation of Martin Sixsmith's book The Lost Child of Philomena, will be screening as part of the Akbank Galas. Also the opening film of the festival, Philomena tells the real story of a mother looking for her lost son. Winning multiple awards at the Venice Film Festival, where it premiered, Philomena has been nominated for four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, and four Oscars, including the categories of “Best Film” and “Best Actress”. In the film, adapted by Jeff Pope and Steve Coogan, who is also one of the film's leading actors, the character of Philomena is portrayed with an impressive performance from Judi Dench.

Following L’Auberge Espagnole and Les Poupées Russes / Russian Dolls as the final instalment of French writer-director Cédric Klapisch's trilogy, Casse-tête Chinois / Chinese Puzzle  once again focuses on Xavier– now 40 and newly divorced– who follows his English ex-wife New York to be with his kids. This energetic urban comedy stars Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, and Cécile de France whom Klapisch has worked with in his previous films.

Winner of the Best Director BAFTA for the television series Downtown Abbey, Brian Percival has adapted international bestseller The Book Thief to the screen. The young actress Sophie Nélisse's performance in the film has garnered great interest, earning awards from the Phoenix Film Critics Society and the Satellite Awards. Taking place in Nazi Germany, The Book Thief tells, from the perspective of the Angel of Death, the story of a little girl who creates a magical world for herself while stealing books. The film also stars Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson in leading roles.

One of the heavily anticipated Gala films, La Vénus à la fourrure / Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski’s latest film, which competed for the Palm d’or at Cannes, is an adaptation of the famous stage play. This is the story of a director and an actress who is trying to seize the principal part in his new stage production. The sly traps that the two build for each other are in fact the reflections of age old rivalry between man and woman. Polanski mischievously pokes fun at himself as master and slave continually swap places, for Mathieu Amalric, who plays the director, uncannily resembles a young Polanski while Polanski’s real life wife Emmanuelle Seigner plays the actress. Polanski won Best Director at the César Awards on 28 February.

The Akbank Galas’ most anticipated films are from Villeneuve! Canadian director Denis Villeneuve, whose Polytechnique screened at 2009's Filmekimi and whose Incendies competed for the Golden Tulip at the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, will once again be part of the festival programme with two 2013 productions, Prisoners and Enemy.

Enemy, inspired by Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's novel The Double and written by Javier Gullón, is a thriller centred around a man who tries to track down his look-alike after seeing him on television. Jake Gyllenhaal plays two identical characters in the film's leading role while accompanied by Mélanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, Sarah Gadon, Stephen R. Hart, and Jane Moffat. Enemy won Best Film at the Courmayeur Noir Film Festival.

Nominated for the Best Achievement in Cinematography Oscar, Prisoners takes a close look at the events surrounding the kidnapping of two young girls. Upon receiving an offer to direct another film while filming Enemy, Denis Villeneuve immediately cast Jake Gyllenhaal, with whom he enjoyed working, in this film as well. A breath-taking crime thriller, Enemy's cast also includes Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano.

Director Fred Schepisi’s long-awaited film Words and Pictures will also be presented at the festival’s Akbank Galas.