The cinema of Turkey in Istanbul 2010 has experienced in more recent years and Renaissance after a few dismal years of films in the period of the 1960s – 70s. With such new and talented film directors emerging such as Fatih Akın (German director of Turkish descent whose films reflect the modern Turkish situation, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Yesim Ustaoglu (female director – Pandora’s Box), and Yılmaz Güney, Turkish films have come to the forefront of world class cinema.
Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture projects aim to promote this growth in Turkish cinema with a wealth of upcoming film projects.
The 9th !f Istanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival in collaboration with “The Auteurs” an American film website, begins February 11 – 21 in Istanbul and continues in Ankara February 25 – 28. Funding for the Film Festival has been provided by the Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture agency. Films showcasing at the film festival include: “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, “Precious”, “The Maid”, “An Education”, “Crazy Heart” and “Un Prohet” and “The Lovely Bones”. The festival will be hosted by Kurdish Iranian film director Bahman Ghobadi, who has been banned from Iran for making a film about the underground music scene in Tehran. The award winning film “No One Knows About Persian Cats” irritated Iranian authorities who don’t like music.
Other Istanbul 2010 Film Projects
Secrets of Istanbul
A documentary drama featuring the mystical city of Istanbul in the context of modern day Istanbul and its distinctive cultural urban legends. This film project is led by Nakiye Boran of Publicis Bold+ Agency. Scheduled for January 2010, at St. Irene.
Filmor – The 5th Element – Women – Woman Friendly City Istanbul
Melek Özman will train participants cinema workshop seminars and their resulting film projects will be presented
“İstanbul Beyazperde Kitabı” (The Silver Screen Book of İstanbul) – a discussion of films based in Istanbul.
Ten foreign directors from present their perspective of 10 different neighborhoods of Istanbul.
“Türk Sinemasında İstanbul” (İstanbul in Turkish Cinema)
A documentary showing various locations in Istanbul and how these film locations have changed over time.
Istanbul Goes to the Movies – January – February 2010
Director Safa Önal, a scriptwriter and director, will attempt to explain İstanbul by way of a visual archive and its evolution of language and culture, featuring over 7000 films and images.
“Claude Wampler” February 24, 2010
“Michael Laub” April 28, 2010
“Meg Stuart” September, 2010
“Rimini” September, 2010
This project brings five foreign artists, living in the city of Istanbul and inspired by the city of Istanbul and documented in a DVD and book.