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Channeling the Dardenne brothers and reminiscent of their 1999 Palme d’Or winner Rosetta, documentarist turned feature filmmaker Emel Emine Balcı delves deep into blue collar Istanbul, in which Serap, a harried textile runner, struggles to get the attention of her estranged
Followed by a panel discussion.
irector Ömer Faruk Sorak, the mastermind behind the Turkish mainstream, fires on all cylinders with 8 Seconds – his most ambitious(and risqué) cinematic undertaking to date, drawing his inspiration (and screenplay) from its real-life protagonist, Esra Inal. Based on true events, the film chronicles her life – a free-spirited Turkish-German woman, constantly at grips with her conservative surroundings. Choosing escape over conformity, we bear witness to her dualistic nature as she starts having precognitive visions of a sage, (played by renowned writer/spiritualist Don Miguel Ruiz) ultimately serving as a catalyst to her visceral metamorphosis.
Set against an idyllic winterscape in the remote Turkish province of Kars, Snow Pirates is latecomer Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu’s debut feature that tells the story of three dreamers – Serhat, Gürbüz and İbo, who stick together scouring the bleak and freezing countryside for coal. It is
more the political climate however, in the wake of the 1980 Turkish military coup, that is responsible for the impending sense of gloom. In a time forbidden to dream, the exuberant trio continue their tireless search in the pursuit of happiness.
Short film program, curated by Müge Turan
Repeat screening of our opening Gala attraction. Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big-city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious and ever so hilarious ladies of the night settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. Inspired by true events, we bear witness to a charming tale filled with tears and laughter; all unraveling through the eyes of young, light-hearted Yusuf, a shining star in this world of adults, all the while signifying the virtue of tolerance.
The passion to describe every moment of one’s life through images… Could it give the power to struggle against all kinds of obstacles to someone fascinated by cinema? Ahmet Uluçay, well-known by his idiosyncratic short films and his only feature film Boats out of Watermelon Rinds, had to face the fact that he had a brain tumor, and had his first operation 12 years ago. This documentary film, in accordance with Uluçay’s life between reality and dream, draws us from the half-lit corridors of a hospital to the village, to childhood and dreams, and into the world of a passionate cinéaste.
A meticulously crafted slow-burning psychological thriller chronicling the idle time spent by a disgruntled ship crew following the shipping company’s bankruptcy. Trapped on a cargo ship for months at sea, the captain struggles to maintain the status quo, and relationships between indignant crew members become too tense to bare. Gökhan Tiryaki’s beautifully stark photography (director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s resident cinematrographer), Nadir Sarıbacak’s (Winter Sleep, Wrong Rosary) tour de force performance will blow you away in Karaçelik’s homage to life at sea.
Turkey’s prolific television and cinema star Ali Atay makes his directorial debut with LIMONATA, a charming road comedy depicting the story of two half-brothers on a reluctant journey from Turkey to Macedonia to their fathers’ death bed. Previously unbeknownst to one another, this tumultous adventure will test their patience and force them to question their allegiances.
Reception from 7pm with live music, food, and swag bag
Film at 8.30pm
Not So Far Away tells the story of the forceful relocation of an infamous big city tavern to hostile territory – a conservative, unwelcoming town by the name of Uzaklar (Far Away). As the vivacious "ladies of the night" who habituate this establishment settle in and set up shop, their antics are met with scorn and their business is boycotted by the determined townsfolk. This North American premiere comes just a week after Türkân Şoray’s melodrama opens in Turkey.
Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual. This screening will be preceded by a peek at Zack Embree’s film about the Kinder Morgan pipeline, Directly Affected (17 min), showing as a work in progress.
Valorized with great skill and insight by John Vaillant in his Governor General’s Award–winning book The Golden Spruce, Grant Hadwin’s journey from logging scout to eco-terrorist now becomes a powerful non-fiction film. Artfully reconstructing a life in the wilderness, Sasha Snow reminds us how much is at stake here, in our own backyard, and give a fair-minded account of a highly contentious individual.
There is so much interest in food these days yet there is almost no interest in the hands that pick that food. In the US, farm labor has always been one of the most difficult and poorly paid jobs and has relied on some of the nation’s most vulnerable people. While the legal restrictions which kept people bound to farms, like slavery, have been abolished, exploitation still exists, ranging from wage theft to modern-day slavery. These days, this exploitation is perpetuated by the corporations at the top of the food chain: supermarkets. Their buying power has kept wages pitifully low and has created a scenario where desperately poor people are willing to put up with anything to keep their jobs.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Magin Payet Scudellari, No One is Illegal-Vancouver
As tuition rates spiral beyond reach and student loan debt passes $1 trillion (more than credit card debt), Ivory Tower asks: Is college worth the cost? From the halls of Harvard, to public colleges in financial crisis, to Silicon Valley, filmmaker Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times) assembles an urgent portrait of a great American institution at the breaking point.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Kathy Corrigan, MLA, Official Opposition Deputy Chair and spokesperson for Advanced Education
Peggy Guggenheim not only amassed one of the world’s most impressive collections of contemporary art but also rightfully earned a reputation as the consummate bohemian. In her wildly entertaining follow up to Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel,Vreeland explores how Guggenheim crashed the international art scene, discovering the likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko in the process. “[With] so many love affairs and ego clashes Art Addict never feels a bit like a history lesson.”—Hollywood Reporter
Published in 1966 but conducted in 1962, the Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews are a bible for filmmakers, a treasure trove of information, insight and inspiration. This fabulous documentary adds plentiful clips to the recordings, plus testimony from many of today’s greatest directors: Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Olivier Assayas, Martin Scorsese et al.
Like so many Hitchcock heroes, Roger Thornhill (Cary Grant) is the wrong man in the wrong place at the worst time. Mistakenly identified as a spy, this non-entity is propelled into an insane adventure that will be the making of him. Incorporating business from The 39 Steps, Saboteur, Notorious and others, this is in some ways the definitive Hitchcock picture – Thornhill was also a model for Mad Men’s Don Draper. With: Eva Marie Saint, James Mason, Martin Landau.
Based on an actual case of a New York musician who was identified as a violent criminal and whose protestations of innocence were never believed, this is the film where Hitchcock’s preoccupation with the fate of an innocent man in the wrong place at the wrong time gets its most severe and soul-searching treatment. A Kafkaesque, expressionist masterpiece, and for all its restraint, one of his most moving films. Starring Henry Fonda, Vera Miles, Anthony Quayle.
Everything you need to know about the roots of roots music, at least of Country variety: starting with the Original Carter Family—A.P., Sara and Maybelle—the film traces the trio’s early musical success, the transformation of the act into The Carter Sisters, June Carter’s marriage to legend Johnny Cash, and the efforts of the present-day Carter family to keep the music alive. Part history, part performance, part family saga, the film illuminates the Carter’s musical and cultural contributions and features a who’s who of Americana music, including Johnny Cash in one of his last interviews. Opening night show features a live performance by Petunia (of Petunia and the Vipers).
It’s the night before Christmas, and Sin-Dee is back turning tricks on the street after a month in stir. But it’s her pimp boyfriend who should be worried: Sin-Dee has heard he’s been cheating on her, and she means to get to the bottom of the rumours…
Shot entirely on iphones, this Sundance sensation from Starlet director Sean Baker is about as "now" as movies get, but also a surprisingly sweet, warm and forgiving yuletide tale.
Hitchcock’s favourite Hitchcock: a smalltown thriller about a young woman (Teresa Wright) who begins to suspect her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) is not quite what he pretends…