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“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...

In Conversation with Filmmaker Serhat Karaaslan (Part 1)

Sampling several pieces of work from an artist can give one insight into his or her philosophy. I’ve recently had the opportunity to perform...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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!...

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...

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...

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...

!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...

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...

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...

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...

In Conversation with Filmmaker Serhat Karaaslan (Part 2)

Serhat Karaaslan, the filmmaker behind the short films, Bisiqlet and Musa, tells us more about his experience as a film-maker in Turkey. His most recent short...

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...

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...

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...

In Conversation with Filmmaker Mehdi Shabani (Part 1)

Are all places in the world becoming the same? In fifty years, will people only go to shopping malls, not bazaars?  Will there only...

“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,...

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...

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...

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