‘The Impeccables’

A film by Ramin Matin

By Victoria Khroundina | January 14, 2014

Ramin Matin has a lot to be proud of in his sophomore feature. On the surface, The Impeccables (Kusursuzlar in Turkish) is a quiet but powerful study of sibling relationships. But there is something much more sinister at play in this beautifully shot and, for lack of a better word,...
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Middle Eastern Studies under the spotlight

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies

By Victoria Khroundina | January 3, 2014

The Fourth World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), touted as ‘the most important global event in Middle Eastern studies in 2014’ will take place at the Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara between August 18th and 22nd, 2014. Organised in collaboration between the METU and the Turkish Social...
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The year that was…

By Victoria Khroundina | December 30, 2013

With just a few days left of 2013, it’s time to look back on the year that was.  The year 2013 will be etched in history as the year of the Gezi protests. It all started with a tree, so to speak, in late May when a group of people...
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Boğaziçi University to host international thinkers and artists

The ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ residency programme

By Victoria Khroundina | October 29, 2013

Boğaziçi University – originally founded as Robert College in 1863 by a missionary, Cyrus Hamlin, and a businessman, Christopher R Robert  – is celebrating it's 150th birthday by hosting international academics, artists, writers, philosophers and historians as part of its ‘Boğaziçi Chronicles’ programme. The residency programme, says the programme's co-ordinator,...
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Hoping for a better education

By Victoria Khroundina | October 2, 2013

An important cause calls for an important film. To celebrate the second International Day of the Girl – started by the United Nations in 2012 to increase awareness of inequality faced by girls worldwide based upon their gender – the consistently active Turkish Philanthropy Funds, in collaboration with WomenOne, are...
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Film, glorious film

Filmekimi 2013

By Victoria Khroundina | September 24, 2013

Film lovers rejoice! The 12th Filmekimi Festival – a favourite autumn event – will bring 38 recent films from around the world to Turkey. Fresh from winning awards and impressing audiences at festivals this year, Filmekimi stops in Istanbul for a week (September 28 – October 6), with parallel screenings...
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Turkish cinema news

Turkish film presence at international film festivals

By Victoria Khroundina | July 16, 2013

After the disappointing presence (or lack) of Turkish cinema at Cannes Film Festival this year, it is good to hear that Turkish films are getting recognition at other international film festivals. The short film Sessiz (Silent) – which I mentioned previously in my blog about Cannes – won the Best...
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Art on screen

Where to find alternative cinema in Istanbul

By Victoria Khroundina | June 19, 2013

Watching a blockbuster at one of the massive complexes found on the top levels of most shopping malls is, thankfully, not the only way to go the movies in Istanbul. As someone who likes her share of foreign and art cinema, I’m very glad that avenues to enjoy non-mainstream cinema...
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Looking back

By Cornucopia TR | December 15, 2011

​Phantom and I am also Hyde by Douglas Gordon Galeri Mana 
Kemankeş Mahallesi Ali Paşa Değirmeni Sokak, no 16–18 Beyoğlu 34425, İstanbul
 +90 212 243 66 66
 26 November 2011 – 14 January 2012;
 Open Tuesday – Sunday, 11:00-18:00   Phantom is the first exhibition of the 1996 Turner Prize winner Douglas...
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Art space age

By Cornucopia TR | June 22, 2011

Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin: 'I am not a studio artist' SALT Beyoğlu Istiklal Caddesi, 136 Beyoğlu Istanbul April 9 – August 7, 2011 Another year, another contemporary art space on Istiklal Caddesi. Platform Garanti closed their doors in 2007, and reopened in April 2011 as SALT - a new art...
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Hamam, anyone?

By Cornucopia TR | May 30, 2011

Gülsün Karamustafa's Anti-Hamam Confessions Rodeo Gallery Tutun Deposu, Lüleci Hendek Caddesi No 12, Tophane, Istanbul May 27 - June 25, 2011 Rodeo continues to be one of the most exciting art spaces in Istanbul, displaying a quality of art and an international, avant-garde awareness all too often missing...
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!f Istanbul: The Arts Diary Preview

By Cornucopia TR | February 20, 2011

This review must begin by examining the joke of a title that is !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival. What makes this festival independent?  Is it that it is run by AFM Cinemas, Turkey’s largest cinema chain which generally ignores anything resembling independent film? Or perhaps we can thank its primary...
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Jafar Panahi retrospective at Istanbul Modern

By Cornucopia TR | February 1, 2011

On 3 and 10 February, Istanbul Modern Cinema will be running a series of films by Iranian director Jafar Panahi. A leading member of the Iranian New Wave of filmmakers, Panahi's work is often described as neorealism with a politically engaged Iranian twist. His first film, The White Balloon, won...
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“Architecture on Screen” at the Center for Architecture, New York

By Cornucopia TR | January 21, 2011

For aficionados of Islamic architecture both old and new, this could be interesting. On 28 January, as part of the "Architecture on Screen" selection of highlights from the 28th Montréal International Festival of Films on Art, the Center for Architecture will be showing documentaries concerning the work of two very...
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