TODAY’S – All eyes on Istanbul film festival as IKSV announces 2015 program

All eyes on Istanbul film festival as IKSV announces 2015 programOver 200 films from Turkey and around the world will be shown in next monthand#39s Istanbul International Film Festival, the 34th edition of the cityand#39s hotly anticipated annual cinema extravaganza that will run for two weeks in four movie theaters.This yearand#39s andldquoenerous program pushes the boundaries of creativity [and] covers the newest films from 2014 and 2015,andrdquo including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin, the festivaland#39s director, Azize Tan, told reporters in a news conference on Tuesday morning at the MartI Istanbul Hotel.

The 2015 festivaland#39s 20-plus sections will feature 204 films from 62 countries in total and sidebar events include talks and workshops by renowned filmmakers, Tan said.Her announcement focused on the April 4-19 festivaland#39s competitive sections, whose number has been raised to four with this yearand#39s introduction of a national competition for documentary features in addition to its regular Golden Tulip competitions for national and international features and the Human Rights in Cinema competition.

National, international highlightsThere are 12 feature films that either deal with themes of art andor artists or are literary adaptations in the festivaland#39s international competition, whose jury is led by Dutch-Australian film director Rolf de HeerandldquoRandeacutealitandeacuteandrdquo (Reality), a French-Belgian comedy directed by Quentin Dupieux andldquoFar from the Madding Crowd,andrdquo Danish director Thomas Vinterbergand#39s screen adaptation of Thomas Hardyand#39s 1874 novel of the same name Hong Kong director Ann Huiand#39s 2014 biopic of 20th-century Chinese writer Xiao Hong, andldquoThe Golden Eraandrdquo German director Christian Petzoldand#39s 2014 historical drama andldquoPhoenixandrdquo and Turkish director Murat DuzgunoIluand#39s andldquoNeden Tarkovski OlamIyorum?andrdquo (Why Canand#39t I Be Tarkovsky?) are among highlights.Another 11 films will be vying for Golden Tulip awards in the national feature competition, whose slate includes six world premieres and three Turkish premieres.

Two Berlin film festival premieres, andldquoNefesim Kesilene Kadarandrdquo (Until I Lose My Breath) by female director Emine Emel BalcI and andldquoKar KorsanlarIandrdquo (Snow Pirates) by Faruk HacIhafIzoIlu, as well as director Tolga Karaelikand#39s andldquoSarmaIIkandrdquo (Ivy), which had its world premiere earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, are among films to be judged by the national feature film jury headed by prominent director Zeki Demirkubuz this yearThere are 13 new and topical productions about numerous contemporary issues in the inaugural national documentary feature competition, while another 10 features are running for the Film Award of Council of Europe (FACE) in the Human Rights in Cinema competition, including andldquoTigers,andrdquo the latest effort by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic, and andldquoAnnemin IarkIsIandrdquo (Song of My Mother) by Turkeyand#39s Erol MintaI.New sectionsIn addition to its now-traditional sections such as the Akbank Galas, Masters, From the World of Festivals, New Visions, Mined Zone, Antidepressant, Kidand#39s Menu and Midnight Madness, the festivaland#39s new sections this year include andldquoBalkans: Cinema of Flames,andrdquo a seven-film selection from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia and Macedonia andldquoFamily Ties,andrdquo made up of 10 films that scrutinize, question or sometimes even batter the concept of family and andldquoerman Animation Cinema,andrdquo a selection of productions from the past three years, put together with Goethe-Institut Istanbul.

Another section special to the 2015 edition is a retrospective of films by leading contemporary Argentinean writer-director Lisandro Alonso, known for his combination of conventional techniques of fiction with documentary filmmaking.The festival will open with a gala on April 3 at the Lutfi KIrdar International Convention and Exhibition Center, where five veterans of Turkish cinema, including actress Nebahat ehre, director-producer YIlmaz Atadeniz and musician Cahit Berkay, will receive the 2015 festivaland#39s special honors.

As a tribute to the award winners, three films from the late 1960s, including YIlmaz Guneyand#39s andldquoSeyyit Han,andrdquo starring Guney and ehre and Atadenizand#39s andldquoMaskeli BeIlerandrdquo (The Masked 5), will be shown.The 34th Istanbul Film Festival screenings will take place at the Atlas, BeyoIlu, Feriye and Rexx movie theaters as well as the French Cultural Center and the Istanbul Modern Cinema Tickets will go on sale Saturday, March 28 at festival cinemas Atlas and Rexx and via Biletix.

For further information and the full program, visit filmiksv.orgen.

andquotThe Golden EraandquotandquotKar KorsanlarIandquotandquotAnnemin IarkIsIandquot.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman