- What’s On
The !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival returns to Istanbul with an impressive roster of films. This year, the 17th edition will give particular weight to films produced in Turkey over the past year through the series entitled !f Fresh. We’re looking forward to seeing Mu Tunç’s Arada, which has been called Turkey’s first punk film.
The festival opens with the award-winning film Lady Bird, the debut of director Greta Gerwig. The film follows its self-named protagonist Lady Bird through her last year of high school in Sacramento as she navigates boys, school musicals and her relationship with her mother– all with a distinct lightness and wit.
Other highlights of this year’s festival includes Paul Thomas Anderson’s newest film Phantom Thread, Ayşe Toprak’s documentary Mr. Gay Syria, and a recently restored print of the Turkish classic Time to Love by director Metin Erksan.
Click here to see the full programme, which is built around 15 separate themes. Films will be screened at four cinemas: Cinemaximum City’s Nişantaşı, Cinemaximum Kanyon in Levent, Cinemaximum Budak / CKM in Caddebostan and Cinemaximum Akasya in Acıbadem. There will also be talks and other events.