The !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival is rolling back into town. The 16th edition is set to open with Moonlight, one of the year’s most critically acclaimed films. It’s the second film by director Barry Jenkins, whose debut, Whiplash, thrilled audiences and critics alike with its fast-paced intensity. Moonlight, on the other hand, is more of a slow burner – it follows its young protagonist from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the complexities of love and the dangers of drugs and violence.
This year’s festival features a number of Turkish films. Reha Erdem’s latest, Koca Dünya (Big Big World), the only Turkish film in competition at the 73rd Venice Film Festival, will be screened in the Gala section. There is also an entire section dedicated to feature-length films about Turkey, including Lüfer, a film about the bluefish, an iconic symbol of Istanbul whose stocks are being depleted by excessive fishing, and Güreş, a close-up portrait of two young professional oil-wrestlers. In addition, various shorts from Turkey will be screened free of charge.
Click here to see the full programme, which is centred on the theme of ‘things that heal us’. 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.