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!f Film Fest Review of Theory of Obscurity: A Film about...

Director: Don Hardy Release date:18 March 2015 Cast: The Residents, Matt Groening, Penn Jilette, Jerry Harrison, Les Claypool. Showing on the first day of the 15th !f...

!F Istanbul International Independent Film Festival Awards Ceremony

!f Istanbul 2015, Istanbul's premier independent film festival, wrapped up recently at Nu Pera in Beyoğlu. It wasn't like you would expect, if the...

Five Essential Turkish Films

Contemporary Turkish cinema often oscillates between bland, commercial movies (that range from broad comedies to over-sugared romances) and magnificent under-performing films that demonstrate the concerns...

Support an Independent Film: Tarlabaşı ve Ben

Marianna Francese and Jaad Gaillet, two former exchange students of Istanbul, are currently working on a film taking place in one of our city's most...

Kedi: An Evocative Portrait of a City and Its Cohabitants

“If you want to be a psychological novelist and write about human beings, the best thing you can do is keep a pair of...

Sveta Nekrasova’s Documentary on the Koç University Hockey Team

Hockey is a sport that thrives in northern countries like Canada, Sweden and Russia. As such, most people would never guess that ice hockey...

“The Water Diviner”: Dancing with the Last Samurai’s Braveheart Horse Whisperer

No, that headline is not a misprint. It was my impression upon seeing The Water Diviner (Son Umut), a new film that opened in...

The Top 5 Yeşilçam Films

Yeşilçam, which translates to “Green Pine”, is a shorthand for Turkey's old film industry. The name comes from Yeşilçam Street, an area of Beyoğlu...

“Girls of Hope”: Education and Gender in Rural Turkey

You might have already noticed that Istanbul is a place that can be hard to comprehend. Thousands of years of history, millions of inhabitants,...

Benim Çocugum (My Child): A Must-Watch LGBT Documentary for Istanbul Pride...

It’s LGBT Pride Week in Istanbul, and with celebrations cropping up across Istiklal Street, I thought I’d review a very interesting documentary dealing with...

In Conversation with Filmmaker Mehdi Shabani (Part 2)

Anyone who has visited a kahvehane in Turkey has heard the sound of plastic dice dance across a wooden backgammon board. Though the game...

Look Familiar? Five Movies Set in Istanbul

People say that cities have a personality. I disagree. For me a city has a genre. A category of literature or movies that jumps...

Postponed: 1001 International Documentary Film Festival

The 18th International 1001 Documentary Film Festival, in partnership with the Municipality of Kadıköy, is set to take place at various venues across the...

Crowdfund a Web Series — “My Single Married Friend”

Rania Itani and Estefania Sierra are two expats in Istanbul currently crowdfunding their web series "My Single Married Friend". Taking a humorous approach to...

Muxtar: A Documentary about Democracy in the Village

Democracy: A political system defined by the vote of the people and the service of elected representatives whose main duty is to meet the...

Video: Backstage at Cats the Musical

Our talented photographer Sveta Nekrasova went backstage at Cats the Musical, currently playing at the Zorlu Center PSM, to see what goes into making a Jellicle cat!...

Why It’s OK to Love “The Water Diviner”

The Water Diviner, or Son Umut in Turkish, is a film about a father traveling from Australia to find his sons lost in the...

Review: “Foreign Films About Turkey” @ TÜRVAK Exhibition Hall

Of all the images that cross our mind when we think of Istanbul, one that features Charles Bronson holding a gun is the least...

Q & A: Pelin Turgut – Co-Founder & Co-Director of !f

In anticipation of the 15th !f Independent Istanbul Film Festival we reached out to co-founder and co-director of !f, Pelin Turgut. She took the time...

4 Masters of Turkish New Wave Cinema

A notable player in the current world of art house cinema, Turkey has seen a new wave emerge and establish itself. Amongst others, there...

Review: The Act of Killing

Joshua Oppenheimer’s remarkable film, The Act of Killing will screen at Istanbul’s !f film festival for the final time on Sunday 24 February. The...

In Conversation with Cem Kaya, Director of “Remake, Remix, Rip-off”

If you went to university in the US, you may recall a movie night with friends laughing your head off at Cüneyt Arkın practicing...

In Conversation with Senem Tüzen, Director of Ana Yurdu (Motherland)

Senem Tüzen is an up and coming Ankara-born director who has been creating compelling short films since the early 2000s. Now, having just made...

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