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33rd ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL


5-20 APRIL, 2014
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and supported by AKBANK for the 10th time, the Istanbul Film Festival's programme is plentiful once again. Reaching an audience of approximately 150 thousand every year, the Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey's biggest cinematic event, commences its 33rd run on 5 April, 2014.
Supported by Akbank for the 10th time, the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will take place between 5-20 April. Protecting its leading position not only with the quality and variety of the films within the programme, but also with its high number of participants, the Istanbul Film Festival will once again not only provide cinephiles with over 200 films in over 20 categories, but also with panels, workshops, and master classes with expert film makers for two full weeks.

Followers of the festival will be watching films ranging from 2013 and 2014's quality productions to unforgettable film classics, from expert directors' masterpieces to films premiering at the Sundance and Berlin festivals, and from documentaries to children's films. Besides the festivals now classic categories, the festival will also garner interest with its new categories specific to 2014. “What A Pair,” prepared by film critics Fatih Özgüven and Engin Ertan, academicians Selim Eyüboğlu and Umut Tümay Arslan, as well as the Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan in celebration of the 100th year of Turkish cinema, “Polish Experimental Animation” organised as part of the 2014 cultural programme celebrating 600 years of diplomatic relations between Turkey and Poland, and “MK2-40 Years,” in honour of the 40th year of the production company MK2 established by Marin Karmitz, are among this year’s exciting projects... One of Russian cinema's most important representatives, whose name is frequently remembered alongside Tarkovsky even though he's only made six films, Aleksey Guerman's entire filmography will be screening as part of the festival. All of the restored films from Yanaki and Milton Manaki, the Balkans' first filmmakers, will be screening at the festival as part of the 100th year of Turkish cinema. The ninth edition of the Meetings on the Bridge, the festival's industry section, which brings together Turkish film-makers and international professionals, will also be taking place.

The programme for the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival was announced to the press by İKSV General Director Görgün Taner, Akbank Board Member and CEO Hakan Binbaşgil and Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan with a meeting held on Wednesday, 5 March at IKSV's official accommodation sponsor Martı Istanbul Hotel.
In his opening speech, İKSV’s General Director Görgün Taner acknowledged the festival supporters and underlined that 2014 is the 100th anniversary of Turkish cinema. He added that they are proud of the contributions of the Istanbul Film Festival to the country’s cinema in this 100-year period and invited Hakan Binbaşgil, Board Member and CEO of Akbank, to make his speech. Akbank has been supporting the festival for the last 10 years.

Akbank Board Member and CEO Hakan Binbaşgil said that the Istanbul Film Festival, which has started as a film week 33 years ago with the screening of 6 feature films, has turned into a celebration of cinema and added that “this year marks the centennial birthday of Turkish cinema. We’re happy to see the current success of our country’s cinema in the 33rd year of the Istanbul Film Festival. I believe the Istanbul Film Festival has a major role in supporting the development and success of the country’s cinema which we wholeheartedly support. As Akbank, we are proud to support the film festival, which is among the most important and long-lasting art events in Turkey, for the tenth time.” Binbaşgil also said: “I would like to commemorate Şakir Eczacıbaşı, who put so much effort into creating such a festival, and whom we will remember as a leader and a guide. Moreover, I would like to thank the esteemed team of İKSV, which has contributed to culture and arts for the last 40 years and more, and to the Chairman, Mr. Bülent Eczacıbaşı.”

Taking the floor afterwards, Istanbul Film Festival Director Azize Tan relayed detailed information regarding films within the festival programme, participating guests, and events that will be taking place during the festival.
ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL ADVISORY BOARD
The Istanbul Film Festival Advisory Board consists of producer Zeynep Özbatur Atakan, director Semih Kaplanoğlu, and film critic Esin Küçüktepepınar. Film critic Atilla Dorsay continues to support the Istanbul Film Festival as the Honorary Member of the Advisory Board.
Directors Berke Baş and Elif Ergezen, academic, film-maker Alisa Lebow and academic Ahmet Gürata are the members of Advisory Board for Documentaries.

SPONSORS OF THE 33rd ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL
The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival is held with the support of more than 20 institutions. The festival is organised by great support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey. Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Beyoğlu Municipality continue their publicity support for the festival.
Apart from the Festival Sponsor Akbank, 6 theme sponsors support the festival:


  • Anadolu Efes National Competition and Turkish Cinema

  • NTVDocumentary Time with NTV

  • Sabah Newspaper From the World of Festivals

  • Sinema-TV Antidepressant

  • tv2Midnight Madness

  • Nescafé Gold New Visions

Akbank Galas” supported by Akbank are shown as part of the festival.

Istanbul Film Festival brings the masterpieces of Turkish cinema by restoring them to the silver screen in its “Special Screening: Turkish Classics Revisited” section, initiated seven years ago under the sponsorship of Groupama.

In 2014, Renault will carry the guests of the Istanbul Film Festival.
The leading sponsor of all festivals of İKSV is Eczacıbaşı Holding, the Official Communications Sponsor is Vodafone, the Official Carrier is DHL, The Official Accommodation Sponsor is Martı Istanbul Hotel and the service sponsors are Zurich Sigorta, GFK, directComn Marketing Group and AGC.

FESTIVAL POSTER BY İNCİ EVİNER AND BÜLENT ERKMEN
The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts features a new collaboration for the posters of Istanbul Festivals since last year. Artworks and handwritings of leading artists from different fields are brought together on the posters of Istanbul Festivals by graphic designer Bülent Erkmen. The poster of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival features the drawings and handwriting of internationally renowned contemporary artist İnci Eviner, following the previous collaborations with Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Sarkis, Orhan Pamuk, Güher and Süher Pekinel, and Şahika Tekand for the posters of Istanbul Festivals.

OPENING AND CLOSING CEREMONIES
The opening ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be held on Friday, 4 April to be broadcast live on NTV. Right after the ceremony, Philomena by Stephen Frears, which will be screened in Akbank Galas section, will be shown as the opening film of the festival.

The closing and awards ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival will be held on Saturday, 19 April at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall and will be broadcast live on CNN Türk and the Golden Tulips and other awards of the festival will be presented. After the ceremony, the winner of the International Competition Golden Tulip Award will be screened as the closing film of the festival.


THE FESTIVAL'S HONORARY AWARDS
This year, Polish master director Andrzej Wajda, whose films frequently touch upon notions of history, war, and human destiny will be receiving the Istanbul Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. Unable to travel to Istanbul due to health concerns, his award will be presented on behalf of the director to the lead actor of his film Walesa: Man Of Hope before its screening on Saturday, 12 April.
This year the Istanbul Film Festival Honorary Awards will be given to seven esteemed names.
The Istanbul Film Festival Honorary Awards will be presented at the festivals opening ceremony to screenwriter Umur Bugay, actress Sevda Ferdağ, producer Abdurrahman Keskiner, actor Eşref Kolçak, musician Attila Özdemiroğlu, and director, screenwriter and producer İrfan Tözüm, who have all dedicated years of work to Turkish cinema.
The Istanbul Film Festival will also present its Cinema Honorary Award to Marin Karmitz, the founder of the MK2, French Production Company celebrating its 40th year in popular and qualified film production.
Marin Karmitz, director, producer and famous name of the independent film distribution who completed the 40th year of his cinema career in 2014, will receive the Cinema Honorary Award at the closing and awards ceremony of the festival.

GOLDEN TULIP EXCITEMENT AT THE FESTIVAL

Outstanding productions of Turkish and world cinema will again compete for the International and National Golden Tulip Competitions of the Istanbul Film Festival. The jury and audience will be able to watch the films during the second week of the festival, which will be presented with the awards at the closing and award ceremony to be held at Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall on Saturday, 19 April.

Interviews with the directors of the competition films conducted by Ceyda Aşar, Engin Ertan and Esin Küçüktepepınar, film critics and members of the Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD), can be followed on the official website of the festival, festival blog and social media channels as of March and throughout the festival.

In the “International Competition” section of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival, 11 films dealing with themes of art and artist or literature adaptations will vie for the Golden Tulip. The International Competition Golden Tulip Award, presented in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, will be supported with the 25.000 Euros award by the Eczacıbaşı Group. The director of the winning film will receive 10.000 Euros, the company which will distribute the film in Turkey will receive 10.000 Euros, and 5.000 Euros will be given to the director of the film that receives the Special Jury Award.


The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival's Golden Tulip International Competition Jury will be headed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, known for his films the Oscar-winning A Separation
and The Past. Alongside Farhadi, the jury will also include director Philippe Le Guay, producer and London Film School Director Lynda Myles, scriptwriter Razvan Radulescu and actress Defne Halman. Lynda Myles will also give a master class for the festival audience.

The recipient of last year's International Golden Tulip from the jury led by Peter Weir with his film What Richard Did, Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's latest film, Frank
, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. With a cast helmed by Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Frank is an unusual musical comedy. In the film, a wanna-be musician joins an eccentric band, where lead singer Frank performs without ever taking off a giant head-shaped mask. In the role of Frank, Michael Fassbender performs his own vocals in the film. Director Lenny Abrahamson will be among the festival guests.

Known for his ability to balance drama with humour, one of the brightest figures in the Icelandic film scene, Ragnar Bragason's latest film Metalhead will be competing for the Golden Tulip. A tribute to heavy metal, this equally funny and emotional film follows a girl who grows up on a remote farm, dreaming of becoming a rock star. Director Ragnar Bragason will be coming to Istanbul in April as a guest of the festival.
A story of bravery and ambition, Tracks, starring Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver, tells the story of Robyn Davidson's 2700 kilometre, 9-month journey with camels from Alice Springs in the north of Australia to the west of the continent, in 1978. John Curran, known as the scriptwriter of The Killer Inside Me (2010), is the director of the film adapted from Davidson's memoir. John Curran will also be one of the festival's guests.
Canadian writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan’s fourth feature, a Hitchcockian psychological thriller, Tom at the Farm, is one of the highly anticipated competition films. Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at Venice, this film is, once again, another change in genre for Dolan. Xavier Dolan's previous film Laurence Anyways, included in the festival programme as part of MK2–40 Years, was an award-winner at Cannes.

An unusual coming of age tale and a cheerful autobiography, Les garçons et Guillaume, á table! / Me, Myself and Mum is a big screen adaptation of celebrated French stage actor Guillaume Gallienne's long-running one-man show. The story focuses on his mother, who had three sons but always wanted a daughter, treating Guillaume like the daughter she never had, defining him as gay even before him. Playing the roles of both his younger self and his mother in the film, Gallienne toys with both gay movie clichés and coming out stories while touching upon his experiences of forming his sexual identity. Opening the Director's Fortnight section at Cannes, the film won a total of 5 awards, including Best Film and Best Actor, at the César Awards on 28 February.

Winning the Audience Award at Thessaloniki and the Best Director and Best Actor awards at Valladolid, Papusza tells the story of the first Roma poetess Bronislawa Wajs, or as she's better known, Papusza. Known as the “cursed poet” in Poland, Papusza's life story resembles that of the history of the Roma community in the country. The film's leading actress, Jowita Budnilk, will be a guest of the festival.
Daniele Luchetti, known by the festival goers for My Brother is an Only Child and La Nostra Vita, takes the audience to the ‘70s in his new semi-autobiographical film. A film aficionado, little Dario is the narrator of the journey of his dysfunctional family. According to Luchetti, Those Happy Years, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, is a homage to film stock and its unique smell.
Winning Best Film and Best Screenplay at the Swedish Oscar's, the Guldbagge Awards, and winning the FIPRESCI Prize in the Horizons section at Venice in 2013, Återträffen / The Reunion is Swedish artist Anne Odell's first film. Drawing from her experiences of being bullied in elementary school, in The Reunion Odell first stages and films a mock class reunion, then visits her real classmates to show them the film, stretching the border between fiction and reality.

Famous theatre and film director Robert Lepage, who increased his fan base with his film La Face cachée de la lune / The Far Side of the Moon at the 2005 festival, and short film director Pedro Pires have adapted one of Lepage's theatre plays to the screen. The film adaptation of Lipsynch, Triptyque / Triptych garnered great attention at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered. Highlighting Lepage's genius of dialogue and visuals, while playing with the concepts of memory and identity, Triptyque examines the intersecting lives of a bookseller from Quebec, a German neurologist, and a jazz singer.

Premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Martin Provost's Violette is a period piece starring Emmanuelle Devos and Sandrine Kiberlain. The film's protagonist, giving her name to the film, is French novelist Violette Leduc. Leduc, one of the writers to bring issues such as female sexuality and abortion up for public discussion in France, is mostly known for her friendship with famous female author Simone de Beauvoir. Starting during the days of World War II, the film focuses on this friendship.
Blind, the feature film debut of Norwegian director Eskil Vogt, part of the writing team for Joachim Trier's award-winning films, is a suspenseful and at times humorous drama about a woman tightly hanging on to reality, trying not to lose her mind after losing her sight. With cinematography by Thimios Bakatakis, known for his work on Dogtooth, Blind is a film not only about sight, but also about writing and loneliness, which won the Screenwriting Award at Sundance.


  • National Competition and Turkish Cinema


Anadolu Efes sponsors the “National Competition and Turkish Cinema” section of the Istanbul Film Festival again as in the last 27 years. In “Turkish Cinema” section of the Istanbul Film Festival, including films completed in 2013-2014 season, there will be 35 films in total under the “National Competition”, “Out of Competition” and “Documentaries” and New Turkish Cinema” sections. Also, 2014 Hisar Short Film Selection will have its premiere at the Istanbul Film Festival.


  • National Golden Tulip Competition

Films from Turkey, completed in 2013-2014 season will compete in the National Golden Tulip Competition. “National Competition” Jury will be headed by the prominent Turkish film director Derviş Zaim. Responsible for ARTE Foreign Acquisitions Karen Byot, Art Director of Warsaw T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival Joanna Lapinska, actor Nadir Sarıbacak, writer Hakan Günday are the other members of the National Golden Tulip Competition Jury. The awards will be distributed in 9 categories including Best Picture, Best Director, Special Jury Award, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Best Music.

Best Picture in the “National Competition” selected by the jury will be awarded with 150.000 TL and Best Director will be awarded with 50.000 TL. Special Jury Award supported with monetary award in 2011 for the first time will be given to the second best film again this year. Producer of the movie awarded with the Special Jury Award in memory of Onat Kutlar will be given 60.000 TL by Anadolu Efes. Best Actress and Best Actor will be awarded with 10.000 TL. The Istanbul Film Festival Golden Tulip Competition Jury will also give the Best Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Music awards.
This year, 10 films will be vying for Golden Tulip in National Competition of the festival before the jury. Following are the competition films including 6 Turkey premiere and 3 world premieres:


  • Silsile / Consequences / Ozan Açıktan

  • Şarkı Söyleyen Kadınlar / Singing Women / Reha Erdem

  • Sesime Gel / Werê denge min / Come To My Voice / Hüseyin Karabey (Turkey Premiere)

  • Gittiler 'Sair ve Meçhul' / Gone 'The Other and The Unknown' / (World Premiere)

  • Kumun Tadı / Seaburners / Melisa Önel (Turkey Premiere)

  • Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş / Once Upon A Time / Kazım Öz (World Premiere)

  • Ben O Değilim / I Am Not Him / Tayfun Pirselimoğlu (Turkey Premiere)
  • Deniz Seviyesi / Things I Cannot Tell / Esra Saydam & Nisan Dağ (World Premiere)


  • Ayhan Hanım / Levent Semerci (World Premiere)

  • İtirazım Var / Let’s Sin / Onur Ünlü (World Premiere)




  • Out Of Competition


Şiirin Tadı / Taste of Poetry by Şavaş Baykal, Daire / Circle by Atıl İnanç, Derbuyina Ji Bihuşte / Cennetten Kovulmak / The Fall from Heaven by Ferit Karahan, Kusursuzlar / The Impeccables by Ramin Matin, Uzun Yol / Little Happiness by Nihat Seven will be shown under the “Out of Competition” section of the festival.


  • New Turkish Cinema

In “New Turkish Cinema” section including the first or second film of directors, Körler - Jaluziler İçin / For the Blinds by Ozan Adam, Sivil / Civilian by Levent Çetin, Şafakla Dönenler / Before Sunrise by Murat Eroğlu Asasız Musa / Mûsayê Bê Asa / Moses Without Rod by Aydın Orak, Buna Değer / Worth It by Can Oral, Nergis Hanım by Görkem Sarkan, Ana / The Mother by Ebubekir Uygur will meet with the festival audience.




  • Documentaries

The documentary selection by the Advisory Board for Documentaries of the festival among more than 40 submissions will be shown under “Documentaries’’ title of “Turkish Cinema’’ section.

In addition to Türkiye’de Caz / Jazz in Turkey by Batu Akyol, previously shown at the 20th Istanbul Jazz Festival, Dileğim Barış Olsun / My Wish is Peace by Kıvılcım Akay, Saklı Dil / Hidden Language by Kenan Özer, Diyar by Devrim Akkaya, 33 Yıllık Direniş-Berfo Ana / 33 Years of Resistance by Veysi Altay, Kül Kedisi Değiliz / Ain't No Cinderellas! by Emel Çelebi, Olağan Haller / Ordinary State of Emergency by Özgür Fındık, O İklimde Kalırdı Acılar / Kêl / The Endless Grief by Cenk Örtülü and Zeynel Koç, Tepecik Hayal Okulu / A Dream School in the Steppes by Güliz Sağlam, Negri ile İstanbul’da / İstanbul Along with Negri by Burak Serbest, Fırtına Emine /Storm Emine by Özay Şahin, Yeryüzü Aşkın Yüzü Oluncaya Dekby Reyan Tuvi… and Uzak / Distant by Ahmet Yurtkur will be screened for the first time in the Istanbul Film Festival.


In Memoriam of Seyfi Teoman: Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize
The Istanbul Film Festival will present an award in memoriam of director and producer Seyfi Teoman, who passed away at a young age. All the debut films from Turkey in the International and National Golden Tulip Competitions, “Out of Competition” and “New Turkish Cinema” sections under the “Turkish Cinema” section as well as the films in the “Human Rights in Cinema” section will be eligible for the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize.
Director of the film awarded with the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize will be presented 
30,000 TL bestowed by Cem Yılmaz via CMYLMZ Fikirsanat. The award, initiated last year, will be sponsored by Cem Yılmaz for five years.
The jury of the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize consists of Jan Ole Gerster, participant of the festival last year with his film Oh Boy, actor Taner Birsel and director Seren Yüce.

Seyfi Teoman was awarded for films either directed or produced by him with a number of awards both in the Istanbul Film Festival and other important festivals of the world. First film directed by TeomanTatil Kitabı / Summer Book was awarded the Best Film of the Istanbul Film Festival National Golden Tulip Competition. His second film Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz / Our Grand Despair was competed in 61st Berlin Film Festival, in Istanbul both for the National and International Competitions and awarded with Special Jury Prize in the International Golden Tulip CompetitionTepenin Ardı / Beyond the Hill co-produced by Teoman and directed by Emin Alper was awarded the Best Film Award in the National Golden Tulip Competition last year. Seyfi Teoman passed away on 8 May 2012 after a three-week-long intensive care due to a traffic accident he had on 16 April after he was presented with the award for Tepenin Ardı / Beyond the Hill as the producer in 2012 at Lütfi Kırdar Convention Hall. The Istanbul Film Festival will continue commemorating Seyfi Teoman with the Best First Feature Film Award.

FIPRESCI Award
The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) will give its awards in the Istanbul Film Festival as in the previous years. One movie from the International Competition and one movie from the National Competition will receive the FIPRESCI Award. The FIPRESCI jury will be headed by Nando Salvá from Spain and will have Heike-Melba Fendel from Germany, Angelo Mitchievici from Romania, Amal Al Gamal from Egypt and Janet Barış and Murat Emir Eren from Turkey.
Radikal Newspaper People’s Choice Award
As in previous years, Radikal Newspaper, as one of the media sponsors of İKSV, will present a film from both National and International Competitions with the Radikal People’s Choice Award. The festival audience will submit their online votes via the terminals set up at festival movie theatres to determine the people’s choice, and lucky participants will be winning awards. The winner of the grand prize will be travelling to the Thessaloniki Film Festival as the guest of Radikal Newspaper.


Human Rights in Cinema: The Film Award of Council of Europe FACE

FACE – The Film Award of the Council of Europe, which was established eight years ago and only given at the Istanbul Film Festival, continues to be awarded with the support of the Council of Europe. The FACE Award will be presented to one of the films screened at “Human Rights in Cinema” section, which raises public consciousness and sensitivity to human rights related issues. In the “Human Rights in Cinema” section with 10 films, a representative from the Council of Europe will present the 10.000 Euros monetary prize to the director of the winning film at the Closing Ceremony of the 33rd Istanbul Film Festival. Eurimages Fund of the Council of Europe supporting co-production, distribution, and presentation of cinema is a partner to the FACE Award.

Atiq Rahimi, the winner of last year's FACE Award in the Human Rights in Cinema competition with his film Syngue Sabour / The Patience Stone, will be head of the FACE Jury. The jury will also include
Executive Director of Eurimages Roberto Olla, adviser to the Secretary General and Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe Leyla Kayacık and journalist-writer Özgür Mumcu.
Ahmad Abdalla's Microphone, winner the Golden Tulip at the 30th Istanbul Film Festival, had hinted the build-up of despair and rage of the youth, who would later take part in Egypt's revolution. Set in Cairo's poor neighbourhoods, Farsh wa ghata / Rags and Tatters picks up where Microphone ended four years ago, and centres on one man, a prisoner who along with dozens of others in jail escapes amidst the 2011 Tahrir Square demonstrations. Rags and Tatters has multiple stories and character lines without any spoken dialogue. Director Ahmad Abdalla will be in Istanbul at the festival.
German director Maria Binder's TransX Istanbul is a documentary following Ebru K., a trans-woman from Istanbul who has been an active defender of human rights, especially for LGBTIQ individuals, for the past 25 years. Hoping to change Turkish society in the long run, a witty and self-deprecating Ebru meets the director's mother, and together, they decide to open a nursing home for trans individuals. While observing Ebru K., TransX Istanbul, a fairly personal documentary, also questions the legal and social standing of LGBTIQ individuals.

Habibi bistanan and al bahar / My Love Awaits Me by the Sea is a poetic documentary narrating the story of the director Mais Darwazah, who follows a lover whom she has never met, Hasan, on a first time journey back to her homeland of Palestine. Dealing with concepts of love, place, and utopia, the film also questions reality with its fairy-tale-like quality. Director Mais Darwazah will be in Istanbul during the festival.

Ai Weiwei: the Fake Case focuses on the world-famous Chinese artist who has fought for human rights his whole life, Ai Wei Wei, and his life philosophy, political views, struggle for human rights, and stance against government pressure. In 2011, after 81 days of solitary detention Ai Weiwei was released to house arrest. 18 cameras are now monitoring his home, and police agents follow his every move. The film's director
Andreas Johnsen will be among the festival's guests coming to Istanbul this year.
With no dialogue and an aesthetic akin to silent cinema, Maximón Monihan’s inventive debut feature
La voz de los silenciados / The Voice of the Voiceless is based on real events and utilises amateur actors in leading roles. The film follows Olga, a young girl on her way to New York from Central America, who thinks she is going to a school where deaf and mute kids study. However, once in New York, she finds herself in the hands of a merciless gang among a group of similarly deceived individuals, is subjected to physical and psychological torture, and is forced to beg. With a modern sound design that's almost completely silent, the film won the Young Critics Jury Award for Best Film at the Mumbai Film Festival. Director Maximón Monihan will be among the festival's guests this year.

Nominated for the Best Film in A Foreign Language category at the Oscars and winner of the Un Certain Regard Award at Cannes, as well as the Best Documentary Award at FICFA and Jerusalem, L'Image Manquante / The Missing Picture is at once a fascinating, haunting and shocking film. The film re-enacts the Khmer Rouge’s nightmarish rule over Cambodia in the 1970s with archival footage and small clay figures. The Khmer Rouge forced director Rithy Panh and his family from their home in 1975 when he was a boy, and in his most personal film to date, he tells a unique story based on his own life that is part memoir, part indictment and part history lesson.

Recipient of the A Certain Talent Prize at Cannes for its entire cast, major awards in Zurich, Mumbai, and Thessaloniki, as well as the Best Director and Audience Award at Thessaloniki, Diego Quemada-Diaz's debut feature film La jaula de oro / Golden Cage tells a story constructed from the testimony of hundreds of migrants. According to its director, this poetic road story, following three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala who travel to the US in search of a better life, is “a journey offering reflection on the borders that divide nations, a journey towards awareness of what separates us as human beings.”


Georgian director Zaza Urushadze's latest film Mandariinid / Tangerines deals with notions of war, immigration, and homeland. With the Russo-Georgian war in 1992, most Estonians living in Georgia left the country for their homeland. When Ivo and Margus, who have decided not to leave their country, come across a Chechen and a Georgian wounded soldier on their land, they decide to take them both in.
Belgian director Jan Verheyen's 12th film Het Vonnis / The Verdict, starts with the assertion that there is no such thing as justice and that people have limits. Following a man who decides to take matters into his own hands after his wife's murderer is set free due to holes within the justice system, The Verdict won the award for Best Director at the Montreal Film Festival.




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