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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.
In August, 1971, Dr Philip Zimbardo (Billy Crudup) enlisted 24 male students to simulate prison life within the confines of the psychology department at Stanford. Scheduled to last a fortnight the experiment was called after just six days before lasting harm befell its participants. A brilliant young cast brings this notorious Psych study to life with riveting intensity. "Stark and riveting" New York Times
Propelled from the death of his father to confronting his mother’s Stage 4 cancer, James (Chris Abbott) is forced to grow up fast; much faster than he’s ready for. He finds fleeting relief in booze, drugs, girls and fights, but in the end he has to be there for his mom, Gail. With awards-worthy performances from Cynthia Nixon and Chris Abbott, this is a searingly honest piece of heartfelt cinema in the tradition of Cassavetes and Pialat from first film filmmaker Josh Mond.
It’s not called a murder of crows for nothing. Our little feathered friends decide they have had enough of smug, complacent humans and band together to do something about it. Bodega Bay, California bears the first wave of attack, and dilettante Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedron) seems to bring out the worst in them.
Truffaut: “Birds attack people! I am convinced that cinema was invented so that such a film could be made. This is an artist’s dream…"
One evening in New York, two young homosexuals enact an amusing demonstration of their intellectual superiority: they strangle a college friend for kicks, then stash the body in a trunk that becomes a makeshift table for the cocktail party they are throwing for the dead man that very night. The unique conceit of Rope is that is filmed in one continuous, single, flowing camera move, apparently in "real time", without a cut.
80 years ago antibiotics revolutionized medicine. Only now are we realizing the potentially catastrophic consequences of these miracle drugs. The question is: have we reached a point where we must save antibiotics to save ourselves?
Documentary followed by panel discussion.
James Jones’ autobiographical debut novel about army life at the Schofield Barracks, Oahu, in the run up to the attack on Pearl Harbor became an instant best-seller in 1951. The movie version followed quickly, and went on to win 8 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor for Frank Sinatra in his first substantial dramatic role.
Drone covers diverse and integral ground from the recruitment of young pilots at gaming conventions and the re-definition of “going to war”, to the moral stance of engineers behind the technology, the world leaders giving the secret “green light” to engage in the biggest targeted killing program in history, and the people willing to stand up against the violations of civil liberties and fight for transparency, accountability and justice.
Special Guest and Keynote Speaker: Brandon Bryant, founder, Project Red Hand, star of Drone
Sinatra is at his Frankest as John O’Hara’s womanizing heel, a second rate singer but a first class charmer. Caught between his feelings for a young chorus girl (Kim Novak) and relationship with the wealthy society matron Vera, (Rita Hayworth) who is backing his nightclub, Joey risks losing everything. With a bumper package of delovely Rodgers and Hart songs (including My Funny Valentine, Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered, The Lady Is A Tramp, and I Didn’t Know What Time It Was), eye-popping Technicolor and its trio of top stars, this has everything you could hope for in a musical, and more.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, the rock radio DJ played an unprecedented creative role in the rock music world. I Am What I Play profiles four disc jockeys in major markets (inc Seattle and Toronto) during this period: their programming, their politics and their deep connections with musicians and fans in the heyday of rock radio. Where are they now - and how did they reinvent themselves as the medium changed? Featuring the music of The Ramones, Joni Mitchell, Rush, David Bowie, The Cars, The Sonics and more.