TODAY’S – ‘Mr. Turner’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ to be shown at Filmekimi

‘Mr Turner’ and ‘Maps to the Stars’ to be shown at FilmekimiThe frontrunners of this year’s Cannes film festival are set to make their Turkish big-screen debuts in October as part of Istanbul’s annual autumn film showcase Filmekimi.“Maps to the Stars,” director David Cronenberg’s critique of Hollywood and Mike Leigh’s biopic of British artist JMW Turner, were among the five critically acclaimed titles announced on Wednesday by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), which organizes Filmekimi.

Russian actor and filmmaker Andrei Zvyagintsev’s satirical tale of corruption, “Leviathan,” and Mauritanian director Abderrahmane Sissako’s take on a brief occupation of Timbuktu by militant Islamic rebels, “Timbuktu,” were also among the films announced for the 13th edition of Filmekimi, set to run from Oct. 11-17.

The program will present a selection of around 40 films that either premiered or won awards at the world’s top film festivals: Sundance, Venice, Toronto and Cannes.Apart from “Leviathan,” which won the award for best screenplay, “Mr Turner,” which earned Timothy Spall the best actor prize, and “Timbuktu,” the winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 67th Cannes film festival, Filmekimi will also screen “Whiplash,” a 2014 film by Damien Chazelle, which won the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the US Dramatic competition of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

“Whiplash” follows the story of a 19-year-old jazz drummer who tries to make it to the top.Starring the “Twilight” vampire-series heartthrob Robert Pattinson as a Hollywood wannabe, Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars” won Julianne Moore the best actress award at Cannes this yearIn Wednesday’s press release IKSV said that the rest of the films on Filmekimi 2014 program will be announced throughout the summer In an effort to maintain a certain level of buzz for the festival IKSV will announce a new title from the program every week on its official social media accounts.

After completing its Istanbul run, Filmekimi will travel to Ankara, Izmir, DiyarbakIr, IanlIurfa, Trabzon and Konya The team behind Filmekimi will also put together the foreign film selection of the Gaziantep Zeugma Film Festival on Nov. 2-9 in the southeastern city.

Since its launch in 2002, Filmekimi has been particularly enjoyed by the movie enthusiasts of Istanbul. In 2013, 48,000 people attended the event and movie theaters had an occupancy rate of around 99 percent.

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SOURCE: Today’s Zaman