Tuesday, April 10
The Joan of Arc of Turkish cinema: Bilge Olgaç
In collaboration with Zurich Turkey, the Istanbul Film Festival unveiled the restored copy of Bilge Olgaç’s 1987 masterpiece İpekçe / Silky, which was screened at a gala at Cinemaximum City’s Nişantaşı. Zurich Turkey CEO Yılmaz Yıldız, along with Ahmet Hızarcı, who oversaw the restoration process, as well as the composer Serdar Yalçın, assistant director Belmin Söylemez, cinematographer Aytekin Çakmakçı, co-screenwriter and this year’s recipient of the Cinema Honorary Award of the festival, Osman Şahin, cast members Kemal İnci, Gülsen Tuncer and Berhan Şimşek were present at the gala. The lead actress Perihan Savaş who plays İpekçe in the film sent a video message.