Kicking off its sixth edition between October 26 and November 3 by the cooperation of International Bosphorus Cinema As-sociation and Istanbul Media Academy, this year Bosphorus Film Festival will present the Honorary Award to the Ukrainian auteur, Sergei Loznitsa.
Kicking off its sixth edition between October 26 and November 3 by the cooperation of International Bosphorus Cinema Association and Istanbul Media Academy, this year Bosphorus Film Festival will present the Honorary Award to the Ukrainian auteur, Sergei Loznitsa. Well-known for his vision that subverts the conventional conception of history and his uncompromising attitude that never refrains from discomforting the audience, the master director will provide a special masterclass. His latest three works; “Donbass”, the winner of this year’s Best Director Prize of Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, “Process (The Trial)” a film that had its world premiere in Venice and “Victory Day” that received a great deal of attention in Berlinale will meet the Turkish filmgoers for the first time thanks to Bosphorus Film Festival.
Organized with the support of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism General Directorate of Cinema, the institutional partnership of TRT, and the global communication partnership of Anadolu Agency, 6th Bosphorus Film Festival’s retrospective guest will be the Ukrainian auteur, Sergei Loznitsa. Receiving the Honorary Award from the festival that will take place this year between October 26 and November 3 in Istanbul, the director, well-known for his vision that subverts the conventional conception of history and his uncompromising attitude that never refrains from discomforting the audience, is acknowledged as one of the greatest living masters of the documentary filmmaking.
His latest 3 films will be screened for the first time in Turkey!
As the guest of Bosphorus Film Festival, Sergei Loznitsa will be here with us in Istanbul hosting this year’s Retrospective section and his four films, - of which three are Turkish premieres - will be screened at the festival. Besides “Donbass”, his dark comedy film about the Donbass war, that won this year’s Best Director Prize from Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, “Process (The Trial)”, a film that questions the presentation and perception of truth based on unique photos and footage from 1930’s Stalinist Russia and his observatory documentary “Victory Day”, a documentary that questions our remembrance rituals through May 9 celebrations - the Victory Day of the Red Army against the Nazis - realized by the former USSR citizens living in Berlin, will be screened for the first time in Turkey thanks to the festival. In addition, at the section, Loznitsa’s “A Gentle Creature”, a disconcerting film on Eastern Europe which had competed last year for the Palme D’or in Cannes, will also meet, with the participance of the director, with the filmgoers who had missed the theatre screenings.
Unique master of the reality
Born in Belarus in 1964, Sergei Loznitsa started his filmmaking career in 1996 with his short documentary “Today We Are Going to Build a House” and continued with his acclaimed documentaries he made during 2000’s including “Portret” (2002), “Artel" (2006), and “Blokada” (2006). Having competed for Palme D’or at Cannes with his feature debut “My Joy” (2010), he has become an indispensable director for Cannes with his films “In the Fog” (2012), “A Gentle Creature” (2017) and “Donbass” (2018). Continuing to make documentaries despite his success in feature filmmaking, the director has received many awards with his acclaimed works such as Letter" (2013), “Maidan” (2014) and “Austerlitz” (2016), films that are acknowledged as some of the best contemporary documentaries. Giving voice to the stories of ordinary people with a minimalistic style, and with the support of Romanian director of photography Oleg Mutu, telling the dark, but powerful stories of Eastern Europe, and especially of the post-Sovietic Russia, Loznitsa is acknowledged as one of the most unique directors of the contemporary cinema.
Organized by International Bosphorus Cinema Association and Istanbul Media Academy, 6th Bosphorus Film Festival will take place in Istanbul between the dates October 26 and November 3.
6th International Bosphorus Film Festival
October 26 and November 3, 2018
For detailed info on the festival: bogazicifilmfestivali.com