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The Istanbul Film Festival

Since 1982, the Istanbul Film Festival has played to audiences as a venue of filmmakers, film producers, directors, actors and other celebrities as a market place for both Turkish and international films.  The Istanbul Film Festival opened yesterday with high expectations.

Although there are too many movies to mention here, for a complete list of films to be screened, please visit the official website of the Istanbul Film Festival at There are over 230 films which will be featured at the festival which began on April 2nd. The prize winners of each category will be awarded the Grand Prix Golden Tulip by the jury. April 17th will be the final date of the Festival.

The programme of the Istanbul Film Festival this year includes Human Rights films, new Turkish cinema, documentary film, and international films.  Some of the featured films at the Festival include:

The Killer
Last Night
Never Let Me Go
The Conspirator
Rabbit Hole
Another Year
The Whistle Blower
Little White Lies

The Meetings on the Bridge Platform (MoB), now in its sixth year will take place at the Festival bringing together people involved in the film industry both in Turkey and abroad.  The Meetings on the Bridge Platform gives Turkish filmmakers the change to premiere their film projects and create unique opportunities for co-productions.

This is the 30th year of the  Istanbul Film Festival and to celebrate this anniversary,  the French auteur Claire Denis and the British rock group Tindersticks will collaborate together in a concert featuring the music of Tindersticks, set against images from five films by Claire Denis that have inspired their music.

Below you’ll find a wonderful short film clip from YouTube presenting the Istanbul Film Festival with music by Edith Piaf.  Surely to get you in the mood for the smorgasbord of films that all movie buffs won’t want to miss.

April 3, 2011 | Comments Off | Read More »

Contemporary Artist Kutlug Ataman

This art review by Richard Dorment was posted on the of Istanbul’s most famous contemporary artist Kutlug Ataman’s first big exhibition in Turkey. Kutlug Ataman is the Turner Prize-nominated artist whose recent film installation is called “fff” (family found footage), composed of 6mm and Super 8mm hand-held camera films from the 1950s and 1960s, borrowed from two English families, accompanied by two separate music scores which play at the same time creating a kind of chaos.

Kutlug Ataman, although from Turkey, describes himself as a global artist. He now lives in the U.K. where he feels “It’s not so Turkish-specific any more. I have dealt with it as much as I can. I’m more excited to be in Britain and to be part of a more global culture.”

As Istanbul’s year as the cultural capital of Europe will draw to a close, the Istanbul2010 Culture website will continue to concentrate of the cultural works and art of Istanbul, one of the most fascinating cities of the world.


Contemporary Artist Kutlug Ataman

Kutlug Ataman, Istanbul Modern, review
“A new show by Kutlug Ataman is worth flying thousands of miles to see, says Richard Dorment .

Although based in Britain, Kutlug Ataman is Turkey’s best-known contemporary artist. He’s also one of the few artists of any nationality whose work I’d travel anywhere in the world to see. So when the invitation to attend the opening of his first major exhibition inside Turkey arrived, I didn’t have to think twice before accepting.

I was familiar with pieces shown at the Venice Biennale, the Serpentine Gallery, and Tate Britain’s Turner Prize exhibition in 2004, but to see his funny, shocking, and compassionate video installations in Istanbul was a very different experience from seeing them in London. The show transformed my understanding of his art.

At the entrance to his retrospective at Istanbul Modern, “The Enemy Inside Me”, visitors are confronted with a work from 2007 entitled Turkish Delight. Here in Europe, the giant single-screen video might be mistaken for a light-hearted jeu d’esprit. But against a Turkish backdrop it is so toe-curlingly, excruciatingly embarrassing that it was almost unbearable to watch. In it, Ataman films himself performing a lumbering belly dance while scantily clad in a gold-sequined costume and wearing a woman’s wig.”

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