6th Bosphorus Film Festival, to kick off next week, has a programme that will be appreciated by the documentary film lovers.
6th Bosphorus Film Festival, to kick off next week, has a programme that will be appreciated by the documentary film lovers. Nearly 30 documentary films coming from different corners of the world from Switzerland to Lebanon, Austria to China, witness the different aspects of our era from technology to contemporary art, from the refugee problem to activism.
Organized by International Bosphorus Cinema Association and Istanbul Media Academy, and with the contributions of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, 6th Bosphorus International Film Festival, to kick off on October 26 this year, is on the boil for bringing the master filmmakers and the favorite festival films of the year to the Istanbulite cinephiles. Hosting the Ukrainian auteur Sergei Loznitsa, who is acknowledged as one of the greatest living masters of documentary filmmaking, Bosphorus Film Festival will showcase nearly 30 documentary films coming from different corners of the world from Switzerland to Lebanon, Austria to China.
Films witnessing our era
Collecting a special selection of the best documentaries of the year, The World of Documentaries section will showcase 5 films that witness our era. Elizabeth Mirzaei and Gulistan Mirzaei’s “Laila At The Bridge”, following an Afghani woman’s struggle with drugs, that premiered at CPH:DOX and won F:ACT Award; “Genesis 2.0”, co-directed by Christian Frei and Maxim Arbugaev, that won the Best Cinematography Award from the documentary category of Sundance’s World Cinema section, and the Audience Award from Moscow; Austrian directors Florian Weigensamer and Christian Krönes’ impressive documentary “Welcome To Sodom”, an untimely apocalyptical picture depicting the experiences of the thousands of people working in an electronic garbage in Ghana; Nathaniel Kahn’s “The Price Of Everything” hosting globally renowned contemporary artists including Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Larry Poons, that vied at Sundance, Philadelphia, CPH:DOX film festivals and Tommy Pallotta and Femke Wolting’s “More Human Than Human”, a film that questions whether the Artificial Intelligence will render humanity obsolete, that was screened in festivals such as SXSW and Hot Docs are the titles that the documentary lovers should not miss.
Refugee problem is not over!
“A Long March” section, that Bosphorus Film Festival initiated last year, gathering films that focus with an impressive film language on the refugee problem - which constitutes one of the most important problems of the 21st Century - will showcase 2 films.
“To The Four Winds”, a documentary that was screened at Cannes by Michel Toesca, following Cédric Herrou, who lives in Roya valley, located between France and Italy; a local farmer who unrelentingly helps the refugees on their dangerous journey trying to cross the border; and “Capharnaum” by Nadine Labaki, the Lebanese actress who also proved her directing skills with her films such as “Caramel” (2007) and “Where Do We Go Now?” (2011); a deeply influential film that exposes the contemporary slavery on the streets of Beirut, that divided the audience at Cannes, where it premiered, will be this section’s films.
Loznitsa and Oneli are coming to Istanbul
Among the guests of 6th Bosphorus Film Festival are two filmmakers that will create excitement among documentary followers. Coming to Istanbul for the Turkey screenings of “Process (The Trial)” and “Victory Day” and for receiving Honorary Award from the festival, Ukrainian auteur Sergei Loznitsa will give a masterclass at Soho House Istanbul on October 28, Sunday to share his experiences. And Rati Oneli, the Georgian director of “City of the Sun”, that was acknowledged as one of the best documentaries of last year, with the best documentary award at San Francisco, Sarajevo film festivals, will be a jury member of the International Short Documentary Film Competition of the festival.
Tickets on sale at mobilet!
Organized with the contributions of Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, Turkish Airlines and Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Department of Culture and with the support provided by TRT as the Institutional Partner, Türkmedya as the Institutional Communication Partner, Anadolu Agency as the Global Communication Partner, and TV+ as the Communication Sponsor, 6th Bosphorus International Film Festival will run this year from October 26 to November 3, 2018 in Istanbul and the screenings will take place in Atlas, Beyoglu and Kadikoy movie theatres. The tickets for all short film screenings will be available for 5 TL, and for feature films, regular tickets for 12.00 and 16.00 screenings will be available for 10 TL and for 19.00 and 21.30 screenings, 15 TL. Student tickets will be available for 5 TL for all the feature screenings. The festival tickets are on sale at mobilet.com.
6th International Bosphorus Film Festival
October 26 and November 3, 2018
For detailed info on the festival: bogazicifilmfestivali.com