- What’s On
Turkey’s biggest and longest-running film festival celebrates its half-centennial anniversary with a special programme and acclaimed Turkish director Yeşim Ustaoğlu presiding over the International Competition Jury.
This year the festival is celebrating 100 years of Indian cinema with a selection of Indian productions including Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, Anand Ghandi’s Ship of Theseus and Satyajit Ray’s Lonely Wife.
The latest films from master directors will be screened as part of the ‘Through the Master’s Lens’ programme, and include François Ozon’s Jeune & Jolie, the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, Michael Winterbottom’s The Look of Love and Jim Jarmush’s Only Lovers Left Alive.
International films exploring transformations in society – such as Hany Abu Assad’s Omar, Bronisława Wajs’s Papusza and Amat Escalante’s Heli – will be screened as part of the ‘State of the World’ programme.
‘Refractions/Reflections’ will showcase films tackling conflicts which derive from unanticipated incidents and will include Hirokazu Koreeda’s Like Father Like Son, Santiago Loza’s La Paz and Mira Fornay’s My Dog Killer.
Finally, a special programme entitled ‘From 1968 to Date’ will feature films that explore the concepts of collective public action and resistance – a timely subject in Turkey since the advent of the Gezi movement. Films will include Dennis Hopper’s Easy Rider, Wojciech Słota and Leszek Gnoiński’s Beats of Freedom, Gregg Araki’s The Living End, Ahmad Abdalla’s Microphone and Romain Gavras’ Notre Jour Viendra.
The full programme should be up on the Festival’s website in the next few days.