The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival Kicked Off

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The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival took its start with an opening ceremony held at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Friday evening, 29 March.

Besides well-known names of cinema in Turkey, celebrated actress Patricia Arquette and master director Bille August were among the exclusive guests who participated to the opening ceremony.

The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival Opening Ceremony, presented by Memet Ali Alabora, started with the screening of the introductory film of the festival. In the ceremony, primarily to Akbank for undertaking the sponsorship of the festival for the past 9 years, gratitude was extended to all institutions and corporations that supported the festival and thus made it viable to realise.

The leading actress Patricia Arquette in Roman Coppola’s film A Glimpse Inside The Mind of Charles Swan III, to be screened within the festival this year, and the master director of the eagerly anticipated film Night Train to Lisbon, Bille August, were among the guests at the opening ceremony. Patricia Arquette and Bille August presented the new sections of the festival programme, “Stories of Women” and “From Literature to Silver Screen” respectively. The special section, titled “Am I Not A Citizen? Barbarism, Civic Awakening and The City”, and prepared for this year by the Istanbul Film Festival in collaboration with the 13th Istanbul Biennial was presented by actress Nazan Kesal who was a member of the Golden Tulip National Competition Jury last year.

Later in Istanbul Film Festival opening ceremony, “Cinema Honorary Awards” were given to four highly esteemed names, who worked for years in film in Turkey.

The first Cinema Honorary Award of the festival was given to actress as well as the singer, painter and one of the first models of Turkey Lale Belkıs, who is the most adored “notorious woman” of Yeşilçam.

Another Cinema Honorary Award of the festival was given to one of the most successful cinematographers in film and TV, Aytekin Çakmakçı, who had climbed the steps of success swiftly in his career that he had started in 1960, and took part in realisation of prominent films by Şerif Gören, İrfan Tözüm, Yavuz Turgul.

The third Cinema Honorary Award was given to scriptwriter and author Ayşe Şasa, who started her scriptwriting career in 1960s and collaborated frequently with Atıf Yılmaz in many of his films.

The final Cinema Honorary Award of the festival was given to a very authentic and inspiring actor, Ahmet Mekin, who completing 55 years in his acting career.

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