By Handan Kazanci
ISTANBUL (AA) – The 42nd Istanbul Film Festival will be held between April 7 and 18 this year, bringing 134 feature and 29 short films for cinephiles, the organizers said on Friday.
“The 42nd Istanbul Film Festival is ready to greet its audience with a rich programme comprising of 134 feature and 29 short films, including the newest voices in world cinema, works that have reached cult status, latest films of master filmmakers, and young talents,” the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) said in a statement.
“Films by 160 directors from 84 countries will be featured in 14 sections during 12 days,” it added. “In addition to the screenings, the festival will also feature interviews with guest directors and actors, special screenings and events.”
The festival’s opening picture will be British film Scrapper, which won the Grand Jury Prize in World Cinema-Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival.
The screenings will take place across six movie theatres in Istanbul: Atlas 1948, Institut Francais, CineWAM Premium+, City's Nisantasi, Kadıkoy Sinemasi and Kadıkoy Municipality Sinematek. Tickets will go on sale from March 31.
The festival’s Cinema Honorary Awards will be presented to two film and stage actors, Kayhan Yildizoglu and Nevra Serezli, at the opening ceremony on April 6.
This year the festival’s international competition jury is led by Portuguese director Joao Canijo. Other members are producer Dora Bouchoucha, director Teona Strugar Mitevska, director Alexandre O. Philippe, and actress Maeve Jinkings.
Films in the international competition:
Parmi nous / Animalia / Sofia Alaoui / Morocco, Qatar, France
The Survival of Kindness / Rolf de Heer / Australia
Da-Eum-So-Hee / Next Sohee / Jung July / South Korea
El Agua / The Water / Elena López Riera / Spain, Switzerland, France
L’Envol / Scarlet / Pietro Marcello / France, Italy, Germany
Atlantic Bar / Fanny Molins / France
Im Toten Winkel / In the Blind Spot / Ayşe Polat / Germany
Jang-e jahani sevom / World War III / Houman Seyyedi / Iran
Kobenhavn findes ikke / Copenhagen Does Not Exist / Martin Skovbjerg / Denmark
Pamfir / Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk / Ukraine, France, Poland, Chile, Luxembourg