Tuesday, April 17

Today's screenings with the participation of directors, producers, or actors:

  • The Pigeon from the section “National Competition” at 11:00 at Atlas Sineması with the participation of the director Banu Sıvacı;
  • Good Manners from the section “International Competition” at 11:00 at Beyoğlu Sineması with the participation of the actress Isabél Zuaa;
  • Birds Are Singing in Kigali from the section “Human Rights in Cinema Competition” at 11:00 at Cinemaximum city’s Nişantaşı 3rd Hall with the participation of the director Joanna Kos-Krauze;
  • Winter Brothers from the section “International Competition” at 13:30 at Beyoğlu Sineması with the participation of the actor Elliott Crosset Hove;
  • Cocote from the section “National Competition” at 19:00 at Atlas Sineması 2nd Hall with the participation of the director Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias;
  • Ava from the section “No More Flowers” at 19:00 at Cinemaximum City’s Nişantaşı 7th Hall with the participation of the director Lea Mysius and the actress Noée Abita.

Don’t miss these films before the festival ends!

Today is the end of a 12-day marathon, but the festival isn’t over yet! Here is a few films that you shouldn’t miss before the festival ends…

  • You can start the day by watching Good Manners from the section “International Competition” at 11:00 at Beyoğlu Sineması. The film is about motherhood and growing up in São Paulo and it combines elements of horror and musical in an unusual way. Angola-born, Portuguese dancer and actress Isabél Zuaa, who plays the nanny Clara in the film, will also be present at the screening.
  • Then you can continue your day with The San San Trilogy at 13:30 at Pera Museum Auditorium. This experimental film was screened at Galata Greek Primary School within the 15th Istanbul Biennial, and focuses on an imaginary future where San Francisco and San Diego grow so much that they merge.
  • If you want to close the festival with a warm touch, you shouldn’t miss Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno at 16:00 at Atlas Sineması. It is the latest film by Abdellatif Kechiche, the director of Blue Is the Warmest Color, and an adaptation of François Bégaudeau’s novel. Anticipated since five years, the film follows a young aspiring screenwriter throughout his summer break.
  • Cocote will be shown at 19:00 at Atlas Sineması 2nd Hall. The film follows a man who loses his father in the Dominican Republic and is stuck between religion and the traditions as the funeral ceremonies start to overwhelm him. Cocote has won awards at Locarno, Lisbon&Estoril and Mar del Plata festivals.
  • The last screening will be of You Were Never Really Here at 21:30 at Atlas Sineması. The film follows a hitman who is trying to save a young girl from sex traffickers, and has won Lynne Ramsey the award for “Best Screenplay”, and Joaquin Phoenix who portrays an unforgettable anti-hero, the award for “Best Actor” at Cannes Film Festival.
  • Monster will also be screened at 21:30 at Cinemaximum Zorlu Center. The film is part of the section “Vodafone Red Galas” and focuses on a woman living on a small island who falls in love with a stranger who visits the place.

The festival’s schedule for the Anatolian side is also very exiting:

  • Nothingwood from the section “Antidepressant” will be screened at 11:00 at Rexx Sineması. The film tells the idealist and fun story of one of a free-spirited filmmaker, Salim Shaheen from Afghanistan.
  • Madeline’s Madeline will be shown right after at 13:30 at Kadıköy Sineması, and it is a must-see. The film asks the question “Where is the difference between mental disorder and teenage raves, or acting and real life? Where do we draw the lines of creativity?”
  • Western by Valeska Grisebach will be shown at 16:00 at Kadıköy Sineması and it discusses the concept of “being an outsider” using the iconography of Western films.
  • Love and Bullets will be screened at 19:00 at Rexx Sineması, and it is a love story, mafia musical and a comedy set in Naples. Pivio, who is among the jury of the festival’s International Competition this year, composed the soundtrack music together with Aldo de Scalzi.
  • You can end the day with the documentary film Not Grey, Black: Ankara Rocks! at 21:30 at Rexx Sineması. The film tells a story of music and a city and explores the rock and metal music scene in Ankara during the 70s, the 80s, and the 90s passing through Yüksel Street, Tunalı and all the record stores.

The festival closes with the award ceremony

The 37th Istanbul Film Festival that brought together films from all over the world for 12 days is coming to an end with the award ceremony that will take place on Tuesday, April 17, at 20:30 at Rahmi M. Koç Museum.

Writer and television host Yekta Kopan will be hosting the event where the winners of National and International Competitions . The International and National Golden Tulip awards and also Best Director, Jury’s Special Award, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director of Photography, Best Film Editor and Best Original Music awards will be presented. Other awards that will be announced at the event are: National Documentary Film Competition Award, National Short Film Competition awards, Seyfi Teoman Best Debute Feature Award, Human Rights in Cinema Award , and International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Award .