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Istanbul film festival will restore in theatres in April


ISTANBUL: Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) is organizing the 41st edition of the Istanbul Film Festival. Unlike the previous two years spoiled by the pandemic when screenings moved online, this year the festival will be back in theatres.

The festival will begin on April 8 and continue through to April 19, 2022. IKSV will screen 135 features and 22 shorts by a total of 164 directors from 43 countries.

Asked if there will be films from Russia during a news conference, festival director Kerem Ayan said affirmatively that there will be. “Besides, the Russian directors whose films we’re screening are also against war. We’re also showing Ukrainian films, and we believe in the unifying power of art,” he said to subdued applause.

IKSV General Manager Gorgun Taner reminisced about one of the founders of the festival, Onat Kutlar, and quoted from an article Kutlar wrote on the 10th anniversary of the festival: “For ten years, every early spring brings an awakening from winter slumber to this city. It becomes alive, beautiful, with a smile on its face. The city starts to move.”

Taner went on to say that as we await the spring impatiently this year, “we all need the festivities that cinema will bring us.” He added that the festival continues to inspire viewers and filmmakers alike with the local productions it supports, the lasting relations it builds with world festivals, and the incentives given to the youth.

“We are glad that our festival is an activity that screens the best, the most interesting films under creative themes as well as Meetings on the Bridge and its awards,” he said, before thanking the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and all other sponsors of the festival.

Kerem Ayan gave a detailed summary of the festival programming and listed the films that would compete in the International Competition, National Competition, National Documentary, National Shorts as well as Young Masters, which for the first time in its history would become a competition category with the Seyfi Teoman First Film Award, named after an award-winning young filmmaker who tragically lost his life after a motorcycle accident.

The ‘Best of the Fests’ brings together a selection of films that screened earlier in worldwide festivals and is sure not to disappoint. Make sure you take a look at the offerings. Likewise, you cannot go wrong by picking films from the International Competition or the National Competition.

IKSV, celebrating its 50th founding anniversary, has, once again put together an amazing selection of films for the 41st Istanbul Film Festival. Tickets go on sale on April 1, and most sell out even before then, during the presale to Tulip Card-holders, so don’t sleep on it.


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