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33rd Istanbul International Film Festival, 2014

Once Upon a Time
"Once Upon a Time" (Kazim Öz)

The 33rd edition of the Istanbul Film Festival took place from April 5th to April 20th 2014. The aim of the Festival is to encourage the development of cinema in Turkey and to promote the commercial distribution of films of quality in the Turkish market. It was first presented as a film week in the summer of 1982, within the framework of the International Istanbul Festival. Accredited by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) since 1989 as a "specialized competitive festival", the event was thusly renamed the International Istanbul Film Festival. Only films on arts or artists or literary adaptations can participate to the International Golden Tulip Competition.
      The 2014 edition screened 357 films by 245 directors from 50 countries including features, short films and documentaries, in 25 different sections that were attended by 135,000 festivalgoers. The festival has three main competition categories: the National Golden Tulip Competition as its central program, International Golden Tulip Competition and Human Rights in Cinema Competition. In addition to its two official international juries, the festival hosted three non-official juries, the FIPRESCI jury among them. Other sections alongside the official competition programs were From the World of Festivals (including a showcase of highlights from recent international festivals, bringing together the latest works and reflecting the current trends in world cinema), Documentary Time with NTV (on international documentary films focused on themes as diverse as politics, art, film, sports, urbanism, literature, music, finance, human rights, justice, war, migration, TV, and education) and What a Pair (a particularly original retrospective based on the centenary of Turkish cinema).
      The International Golden Tulip Competition comprised 12 feature films. The award for Best Film went to Blind, by Norwegian director Eskil Vogt, and the Special Jury Prize went to Papusza, by Polish directors Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. The main prize in the National Golden Tulip Competition (10 films) was awarded to I Am Not Him (Ben O Değilim) by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu. The FIPRESCI prize for International Competition went to 20.000 Days on Earth, by British directors Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth, and the FIPRESCI award for Turkish Panorama went to Once Upon a Time (He Bû Tune Bû), by Kazım Öz.
      This year the festival presented eight Lifetime Achievement and Cinema Honorary Awards, to Andrzej Wajda, the father of modern Polish Cinema; screenwriter Umur Bugay; actress Sevda Ferdağ; French producer Marin Karmitz; actor Eşref Kolçak; producer Abdurrahman Keskiner; musician Attila Özdemiroğlu, and director, screenwriter, and producer İrfan Tözüm. (Fernando Salvá)

Istanbul (Turkey, International Istanbul Film Festival, April 5 — 20, 2014). Prize in the International Competition: 20,000 Days on Earth by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (United Kingdom), "for the way it expands the limits about the always tricky relationship between music and film; it is neither a fiction nor a documentary, but something in between. A new territory full of insight with regards to how an artist’s mind and creativity works". — Prize in the National Competition: Once Upon A Time (He Bû Tune Bû) by Kazım Öz, "for its nuanced way of portraying a chain of exploitation and the economical, social and political aspects behind it; and for its compassionate look at all the people involved in that dramatic process." Jury: Fernando Salvá, Spain, president ("El Periódico"), Heike-Melba Fendel, Germany ("epd Film", "Der Tagesspiegel"), Janet Baris, Turkey ("Yeni Film", "Arka Pencere"), Angelo Mitchievici, Romania ("Romania Literara"), Olga Markova, Bulgaria ("Duma", "Standard"), Murat Emir Eren, Turkey ("Radikal"). Print sources. 20.000 Days on Earth: The Festival Agency, Elodie Dupont, Once Upon a Time: Yapım 13 Film Production,

Being Nick Cave. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard's 20,000 Days on Earth gives an impression of Nick Cave's four-decade career as a singer, songwriter, poet-preacher and indisputable legend. Fernando Salvá reviews the film arrow.
Kurdish Cinema. During Istanbul Film Festival two specific examples were screened that highlight Kurdish political issues and daily lives: Once Upon A Time by Kazım Öz, and Come To My Voice by Hüseyin Karabey. arrow.
Postcards from the Edge. Heike-Melba Fendel writes about films on migrant workers, immigrants and refugees, shown in the national competition. "The German critic who had never before heard of Syriacs, let alone heard their language, has made yet another encounter with the versatility, richness and sadness of a people she had known too little or even nothing about, by means of the story, that filmmakers are both willing and able to tell and film festivals are able to select and show." arrow.
The Film and the Other Arts. "This year's international section focused on the polyphonic character of the seventh art, encompassing them all. Music was a re-occurring topic in the festival", writes Angelo Mitchievici. srrow.
About Francophone Cinema, and about Debuts. Olga Markova was delighted by films from the francophone world, in particular Tom at the Farm and Triptyque. She also presents first films which found her interest. arrow.
Dealing with Everyday Problems and Art. The festival's international competition is open to films on arts. "This condition of participation", writes Murat Emir Eren, "leads us into the universe of great artists such as Violette Leduc and Nick Cave. Not only these special, larger-than-life personalities from the real world, but the competition had films on fictional artists too." arrow.



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Istanbul 2014

bullet. Index
bullet. "20.000 Days"
bullet. Kurdish Films
bullet. Immigrants, Refugees
bullet. Film and Arts (1)
bullet. Francophone Films
bullet. Film and Arts (2)

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