Istanbul Modern presents Turkish cinema to world

Istanbul Modern presents Turkish cinema to world

Istanbul Modern presents Turkish cinema to world

Istanbul Modern’s international programs will present Turkish cinema in Germany and the Netherlands between Sept 20 and 26.

Istanbul Modern Cinema will be visiting Mannheim and Amsterdam in the Netherlands with two different programs in September.

Curated by Müge Turan, the head of Istanbul Modern Cinema, the program “Turkish Beat” includes feature-length films, short films, and video art, and will be held in Amsterdam in collaboration with the EYE Film Institute.

As for the “Bermuda Shorts International Short Film Festival,” organized by the Mannheim Metropolitan Municipality with the participation of its sister cities, three short films will represent Turkey under the headline “Bermuda Shorts selected by Istanbul Modern.” Both programs have been organized as part of celebrations for the 400th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Netherlands and Turkey.

Nine feature-length films in ‘Turkish Beat’

Nine feature-length films will be screened in the “Turkish Beat” program in Amsterdam between Sept. 20 and 26. Ten short films under the heading “Stateless” and a video selection entitled “The Headless Women” will also be presented.

The opening of the festival will feature a screening of “Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz” (Our Great Despair) on Sept. 20 at Pathé Tuchinski, in partnership with the Amsterdam Turkish Film Festival. A panel will also be held as part of the festival, during which new tendencies in Turkish cinema will be discussed.The collaboration with the EYE Film Institute, the Netherlands’ most prominent film center, will continue with the screening of films selected by the institution at Istanbul Modern Cinema in October.

Comprising of debut and second films shot within the last two years by prominent directors of new Turkish cinema, the program includes three films directed and produced by Seyfi Teoman, who tragically died in a traffic accident recently.

Directed by Teoman, “Our Grand Despair” won the award for Best Film and the Film Critics’ Prize at the 16th Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at the 30th Istanbul Film Festival.

The other film “Tatil Kitabı” (Summer Book) won the award for Best Film at the 16th Art Film International Film Festival, the award for Best Film in the 27th Istanbul Film Festival National Competition, the prize for Best Film in the FIPRESCI National Competition awarded in memory of Onat Kutlar, the Special Jury Prize at the 54th Taomina Film Festival, the Gorki List Tolerance Award at the 11th Palic Film Festival, and the Bronze Zenith in the First Feature Films Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival.

Istanbul Modern presents Turkish cinema to world

Tepenin Ardı (Beyond the Hill)

“Tepenin Ardı” (Beyond the Hill), which was produced by Teoman, won the FIPRESCI Prize and the awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 31st Istanbul Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the 18th Sarajevo Film Festival, the Special Jury Prize at the Taipei Film Festival, the NETPAC Award for Best Asian Film at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, and the Caligari Film Prize and a Best First Feature Special Mention at the 62nd Berlin Film Festival. Also to be screened in the Turkish Beat program are Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Doğan’s “Babamın Sesi” (Voice of my Father) Raşit Çelikezer’s “Can,” Çiğdem Vitrinel’s “Geriye Kalan” (What Remains), seven directors’ “Unutma Beni Istanbul” (Do not Forget Me Istanbu), Mustafa Karadağ’s “Vücut” (The Body), and Sedat Yılmaz’s “Press.”

Among 10 films to be screened under the heading “Stateless” are Elif Demoğlu’s “Son Amazon” (The Last Amazon), Aslı Toy’s “Samanyolu” (The Milky Way), Deniz Tarsus’ “Garotte,” Fırat Yavuz’s “Toros Canavarı” (The Monster Toros), Metin Akdemir’s “Ben Geldim Gidiyorum” (I’ve Come and I’m Going), Tolga H. Yücel’s “Master Plan,” Levent Çetin’s “Bayrakları Seven Şehir” (The City that Loves Flags), Orhan İnce’s “Ali Ata Bak (A.B.C.), Yıldıray Yıldırım’s “1982,” and Mesrure Melis Bilgin’s “Tetris.”

‘Bermuda Shorts’ selection of short films in Mannheim

A selection of short films will be screened from Sept. 20 to 23 at the Bermuda Shorts International Short Film Festival in Mannheim, and will feature “I’ve Come and I’m Going,” “Love is Blind” by Ertuğ Tüfekçioğlu, and “Tetris.” The directors of all three films will be guests at the festival. k HDN