Rewarding reads: March and April 2017

A revealing relief, must-try Turkish dishes and the perfect day in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | April 26, 2017


In this blog series, we highlight some of our favourite Turkey-related articles and news titbits that we’ve read over the past month (or two, in this case). A relief uncovered by chance in eastern Anatolia has led archaeologists to revise the history of Harput, reports Hurriyet Daily News. Subsequent examinations...
Posted in Archaeology, Culinary Arts, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Obituaries

From Istanbul to Sharjah and back again

The cities’ artistic ties are on display at the 13th Sharjah Biennial

By Emma Harper | April 4, 2017


Istanbul is making quite the splash at the 13th Sharjah Biennial, which opened on March 10 and will run until June 12. Out of the four artists awarded the 2017 Sharjah Biennial Prize, two – İnci Eviner and Walid Siti – are represented by Istanbul-based galleries (Galeri Nev Istanbul and...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Exhibitions, Film, Music and Performing Arts, Talks and Lectures

The cat’s whiskers

The Istanbul cat documentary ‘Kedi’ will be released in select US and Canadian cities

By Emma Harper | January 24, 2017


One night last summer I came home to my Istanbul apartment to find my burly, bearded neighbour seated on the front stairs, a young street cat nestled in his arms. He explained how he had noticed her skulking around the back garden in search of food. The cat had a...
Posted in Film

Hawick remembers the horrors of Gallipoli

Tolga Örnek’s masterful documentary ‘Gallipoli’ screened at the Heart of Hawick cinema

By Julie Witford | December 23, 2016


The tragedy of the Gallipoli campaign was felt across the world, and not least in the small town of Hawick in the Scottish Borders. By the time the fighting had subsided in 1916, Hawick and the surrounding area had suffered 132 dead, 84 of them in one day alone. That infamous...
Posted in Film, History, News

The cream of the film festival crop

Wild woods, jobless Brits, slave rebellions and talking trees… Filmekimi is back with the best films from the festival circuit

By Emma Harper | September 30, 2016


It’s no Cannes or Sundance, but Filmekimi may be the next best thing. Unlike these major film festivals, or even the annual Istanbul Film Festival, with its focus on competitions for both foreign and local filmmakers, Filmekimi is more of a year-in-review. The programme almost exclusively features foreign films (this...
Posted in Film, News

Going big at the Venice Film Festival

Reha Erdem’s film ‘Big Big World’ wins the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 73rd Venice Film Festival

By Emma Harper | September 13, 2016


Described by David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter as ‘a thick Freudian soup of sibling love and parental denial’, Big Big World (Koca Dünya) – the only Turkish film in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival – certainly made an impact. Out of 32 films selected for the Horizons...
Posted in Film, News

Digging into the ‘Tables of Istanbul’

Zeynep Kılıç’s film explores Turkish cuisine in Istanbul

By Emma Harper | May 18, 2016


In the first few minutes of Zeynep Kılıç’s documentary film Tables of Istanbul (Sofra Sofra İstanbul), she recalls how, early in their relationship, her now husband, Wayne, joked that if they were ever to break up, he needed the rights to her red pepper paste. The rich, slightly spicy paste...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Film

‘Mustang’ gallops into UK theatres

By Emma Harper | May 11, 2016


Riding on the wave of its critical success, the Oscar-nominated Mustang will be screened in UK theatres (in cities such as London, Oxford and Edinburgh, among others) starting May 13. If you’re feeling a bit lazy, there are also options for watching the film at home beginning on the same...
Posted in Film, News

Exotic exile in Antalya

Films with a Turkish connection screened at the 2016 Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival

By Emma Harper | April 20, 2016


It may not look like Turkey, but the WOW Kremlin Palace in Antalya was the sole Turkish connection at this year’s Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, held from April 14–17 in Hawick, Scottish Borders. Sasha Litvintsev’s short film Exile Exotic is set at the hotel, which features a replica...
Posted in Film, News

Stiff competition

Tickets go on sale for the 35th Istanbul Film Festival, a massive cinematic event

By Emma Harper | March 26, 2016


The IKSV Film Festival is, in one word, immense. Over the course of 11 days, 221 films from 62 countries will be screened. Yet while the size of the event is noteworthy, what separates this film festival from the others organised in Istanbul is its focus on competitions. The seven...
Posted in Film, Music and Performing Arts, News

Earning accolades abroad

‘The Eye of Istanbul’, a documentary on Ara Güler, wins big at the DC Independent Film Festival

By Emma Harper | March 24, 2016


Ara Güler has found himself in the spotlight yet again. Last week it was announced that The Eye of Istanbul, a documentary film about the legendary Armenian-Turkish photographer and the culmination of his retrospective exhibition in Istanbul, won Best of Fest at the DC Independent Film Festival. The screening at...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, News, Photography

Spotlight on Istanbul’s street dogs

‘Taşkafa: Stories of the Street’ screening at Somerset House in London

By Emma Harper | March 6, 2016


‘Hundreds of dogs were laying in the streets and enjoying the sun from Pera all the way to Şişli! It is not exactly an attractive sight. These mangy dogs who often exhibit wounds inflicted by their co-sufferers neither move for pedestrians nor for carriages or trams. People usually just step...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film

Loneliness and love

Stop-motion emotions, artful butts, chilly silences and female speed demons… !f Istanbul is back and abuzz

By Emma Harper | February 5, 2016


The abundance of films at this year’s !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival can make a cinephile feel like Augustus Gloop in the Chocolate Room at Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory – just as Augustus's voracity saw him falling head first into the chocolate river, your desire to see everything could leave...
Posted in Film

‘Yearning’

A film about Istanbul by Ben Hopkins

By Emma Harper | October 9, 2015


Considering the popularity of Filmekimi, it was nothing short of a miracle that I could secure a ticket to Yearning (Hasret in Turkish). Many of the festival’s film screenings are sold out within hours of tickets going on sale, to the point that extra screenings of the most popular films...
Posted in Film

Films galore at the 14th Filmekimi

By Emma Harper | September 28, 2015


Istanbul is gearing up for the start of another film festival season, and first on the docket is the 14th edition of Filmekimi, which runs in Istanbul from October 2 to 11. Screening critically acclaimed films fresh off the major festival circuit, Filmekimi is a cinephile’s dream. The festival, organised...
Posted in Film

Turkey gets Aussie-fied

By Victoria Khroundina | August 31, 2015


From next month until December, events continue as part of the ‘Australia in Turkey 2015’ festival. The biggest celebration of Australian culture in Turkey to date, it aims to enhance social and cultural understanding between the two countries. That it’s being celebrated in the same year as the centenary of...
Posted in Contemporary Art, Culinary Arts, Design, Exhibitions, Film, History, Modern Art, Music and Performing Arts, News

Turks rule at this year’s Venice Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | August 18, 2015


Turkish cinema is going from strength to strength year in, year out – and with the recent announcement of this year’s Venice International Film Festival competition entrants and jury members, it looks like things are about to get even rosier. The first piece of exciting news is that Turkey’s prime...
Posted in Film, News

Doco sheds light on Istanbul’s activist youth

By Victoria Khroundina | May 21, 2015


In 2013, the revered pop culture/music channel MTV launched a new series of documentaries, entitled Rebel Music. The idea behind the series was to highlight stories of young fearless musicians and artists around the world who are rising up against oppression in their respective countries. The series had its premiere last...
Posted in Film, News, Gezi Protests

It’s film festival time

Highlights of the 34th Istanbul Film Festival

By Victoria Khroundina | April 2, 2015


My favourite time of the year – Istanbul Film Festival time – is almost here! For two whole weeks, cinephiles can binge on more than 200 films from 62 countries, screened at nine cinemas, with the festival delivering yet another scintillating programme for its 34th year. Here’s a round-up of...
Posted in Film

The body in time

Ali Kazma’s ‘Timemaker’ at ARTER

By Victoria Khroundina | March 25, 2015


Unlike the majority of ARTER’s exhibitions, Ali Kazma’s timemaker doesn’t immediataely draw you in off the street. And that is because, unlike Marc Quinn’s show with his giant shell sculpture, or the Füsun Onur retrospective with her ‘Mirrored Labyrinth’ piece – both of which pieces were plainly visible through the gallery's top-to-floor glass...
Posted in Exhibitions, Film, Museums
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