Turkish Films Festival in Boston
NEW YORK – Anadolu AgencyThe 15th Boston Turkish Film Festival will kick off on March 17 with Tolga Karaçelik’s “Sarmaşık” (Ivy). The event will screen 21 Turkish films until April 23.
Most of the films in the program are award-winners of international film festivals, and many of them will have their North America or U.S. premieres at the festival.
According to the festival’s website, award-winning films of the festival’s documentary and short film competition will be screened and the directors will be presented their awards at a ceremony following the screenings on March 26. Also, a panel discussion with directors will follow the screenings, moderated by film critic Peter Keough.
This year, the festival will present the 10th “Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award” to Çağan Irmak for his contributions to Turkish cinema.
In the music program of the festival, there will be special concert series, which will begin on April 6 with Erkan Oğur and İsmail Hakkı Demircioğlu at Boston University.
On April 16 at the Goethe-Institut, kanun virtuoso Tahir Aydoğdu will give a concert, titled “Turkish Melodies in Boston,” performing Murat Akçay’s “Concerto for Kanun and Strings” for the first time in the U.S.
The closing concert will be performed by bass-baritone Bület Güneralp and pianist Eunyong Kim & Friends.
They will be performing a spring concert with selections from opera, Broadway, American Songbook, solo piano repertoire, and more at the Goethe-Institut.
Along with Karaçelik and Irmak, Zeki Demirkubuz, Ben Hopkins, Mustafa Kara, Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu, Şerif Yenen will be among the guests of the festival.