The 40th Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), comes back roaring to life with both online and theatre screenings, thanks to Turkey’s Herculean efforts to vaccinate its masses
Now celebrating its 39th anniversary, the trailblazing Istanbul Film Festival has found a novel way to bring films and cinema lovers together during the pandemic, be it online or offline.
The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts’ (IKSV) annual film competition for national feature and short films will be held in July, three months after its original scheduled date. Screenings will take place at the Sakip Sabanci Museum and online.
Young director Taylan Mintas sought to turn his deaf-mute cousins' lives into a documentary. After four years and extensive fundraising, but "Brothers of Silence" finally premiered in the prestigious Istanbul Film Festival in April, to much acclaim.
Shakespearean actor, film star and activist Sir Ian McKellen was in Istanbul for a few days, appearing at film screenings and talks. TRT World caught him in conversation with theatre director Serdar Bilis in a talk titled "Stage, Screen and Arena".
New film by Italian director sheds light on refugee plight at Istanbul Film Festival
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