Must See Films at Istanbul International Film Festival ‘18

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Turkey’s biggest film festival, the Istanbul International Film Festival is here! The festival takes place between 6th to 16th of April all over Istanbul with screenings of the latest films from Turkish and World cinema, events and a celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday. Whilst we’ll be all over the town to see three films a day, we’ve gathered our 8 must see films at the festival for you!

  • Disobedience

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From the director of “A Fantastic Woman”, this year’s Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards, Sebastian Lelio, “Disobedience” tells the story of a woman who returns to her Jewish community years after being shunned for her same sex attraction to a childhood friend and how their passion reignites after meeting each other once again. Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, the film received good reception at TIFF where it premiered. “Disobedience” is already one of the most anticipated films of the year for its stellar performances and its subject matter. It’ll premiere as one of the films of Vodafone’s Red Galas at the festival.

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Berlinale ’18 Review: ‘Transit’ and the state of aimlessness

Christian Petzold tells emotionally rich, often female-led stories, which he intertwines closely with the settings they are located in. But he is most of all known for the stunning conclusions of his narratives – these moments have often been considered the best parts of his work, films like Phoenix and Barbara seem to only come full circle during their last beats. The reason for that, is Petzold’s way of letting the temporal and spatial aspects of the narrative fade into the background for a moment, narrowing his gaze down on the humanist, universal and timeless truths that the characters are confronted with.

With Transit, a mainly Marseille-set story about a man that gets caught up in complications of love and identity while trying to flee Europe as a refugee, it seems like he wants to reshape the way he tells these stories – it is a logical and very bold step forward in the context of his body of work.

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The film is an adaptation of Anna Segher’s World War II novel with the same name, but while the narrative is similar in general plot points and dialogue, the film removes it from its original historical context and reframes it into a modern-day setting. One would expect Petzold to adjust the story to that new setting, but he doesn’t. It’s very strange and feels borderline kafkaesque, but it works immensely well. The narrative manages to comment on its real-life context by highlighting universality instead of being specifically descriptive – the refugees of today’s Europe get a part of their story told too, even though the book template is broadly based on the experiences of refugees more than 70 years ago.

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