140 thousand festivalgoers attended Istanbul Film Festival

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The 32nd Istanbul Film Festival, organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by AKBANK, ended on Sunday, April 14.

istfilm-sinemaclassIn 23 sections of the festival a total of 226 films by 274 directors from 66 countries were screened at 6 movie theatres in 529 sessions which were attended by 140 thousand festivalgoers. In the course of 16 days, cinephiles enjoyed 4 master classes that featured festival guests, 3 panel sessions, one of which was held in collaboration with the 13th Istanbul Biennial, film screenings presented by directors, producers or actors of the films, and 2 workshops and 9 panel discussions which were held as part of Meetings on the Bridge.

This year, Istanbul Film Festival hosted a list of distinguished guests. Throughout the 16 days of the festival, in addition to Costa-Gavras, Peter Weir, Mike Figgis, Carlos Reygadas, Bille August, Istanbul was visited by Laurent Cantet, Tony Krawitz, Nanouk Leopold, Eva Neymann, Darezhan Omirbayev, whose films competed in the International Competition section, and Marco Bechis, Simon Brook, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Pip Chodorov, Markus Imhoof, Hermann Vaske, Dan Setton whose films were screened as part of Documentary Time With NTV. Many directors such as Peter Brosens, Jean-Pierre Améris, Solveig Anspach, Danis Tanovic, Paul Poet, George Sluizer, Malgoska Szumowska, Srdan Golubovic, Nicolas Wackerbarth, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Calin Peter Netzer, Gonzalo Tobal, Gilles Bourdos, Gabriela Pichler, Enrique Rivero, Lucy Mulloy, Anais Barbeau-Lavalette and Annemarie Jacir, Sean Baker, and Jan Ole Gerster were at the festival to present their films. The list of guests included actors such as Patricia Arquette, Stephen Dorff, Barbara Sukowa, Mustafa Nadarevic and Mateusz Kosciukiewicz.

116 screenings out of a total of 529 were held with the attendance of directors, producers and actors who presented their films before the screenings and afterwards took questions from the audience.

Representatives of international film festivals such as Venice, Sundance, Cannes, Thessaloniki, Moscow, Hamburg, Batumi, Paris, Gothenburg, Sarajevo, Sofia, Amiens, Tbilisi, Locarno, and Yerivan were among over 300 guests of the festival.

Over 40 fiction and documentary films were shown at the festival in the Turkish Cinema section, which has been sponsored by Efes for the last 26 years, and its subcategories of National Competition, Out of Competition, New Turkish Cinema, Documentaries, and Hisar Short Film Selection. The Golden Tulip National Competition was noteworthy for the films that made their premieres at the festival. The competition included 2 films making their Turkish premieres and 6 films making their world premieres. Many Turkish films in the programme received invitations from the representatives of international film festivals worldwide.

Next year, Istanbul Film Festival once again will meet with cinephiles in April.

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