Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Filmekimi, which will start September 29 in Istanbul, will be bringing cinephiles at seven different cities together with outstanding films. Sponsored by Vodafone Red, this year’s Filmekimi will be held between 29 September and 8 October.
Tickets for the 16th edition of Filmekimi will be on sale in Istanbul on Saturday, 23 September at 10.30 at Beyoğlu Atlas, Kadıköy Rexx cinemas as well as Biletix sales channels (Biletix.com, Biletix Call Center, sales points). Filmekimi tickets will be available for purchase through all sales channels without service fees.
Filmekimi will be the leading cinema event of October, as it is each year, with a programme consisting of films that were shown and awarded in leading world festivals as well as highly anticipated new productions. Filmekimi, with the support of Vodafone Red, will be held for 10 days between 29 September – 8 October in Istanbul and throughout October overreaching Istanbul. Filmekimi will continue to present the best and most-up-to-date films of the year to film lovers in different cities of Turkey, stopping by in Edirne, Eskişehir, Ankara, Diyarbakır, İzmir, and for the first time Bodrum.
This year, Filmekimi will be held in 7 different cities: Istanbul, for the first time in Bodrum from 27-29 October, Edirne from 6-8 October, Eskişehir from 13-15 October, Ankara from 13-17 October, Diyarbakır from 20-22 October, and İzmir from 20-24 October.
Cinephiles will have a chance to watch Filmekimi films in Edirne at Cinemarine Margi Outlet, Eskişehir at Cinemaximum Espark, Ankara at Büyülü Fener Kızılay, Diyarbakır at Cinemaximum Ceylan Karavil, Izmir at Cinemaximum Mavibahçe, and Bodrum at Cinemaximum Midtown.
Filmekimi concerts at Salon İKSV
Filmekimi will bring film and music lovers together with two different concerts this year. The first will take place at Salon İKSV on Monday, 2 October with Igorrr taking the stage–Igorrr is French breakcore genius and producer Gautier Serre’s project who pushes the musical and mental boundaries bringing together metal music fans together with electornic music lovers. Igorrr, has also made the soundtrack of the unconventional musical Jeanette–The Childhood of Joan of Arc, directed by Bruno Dumont.
Filmekimi’s closing party with the concert by Cümbüş Cemaat will be at Salon İKSV on Sunday, 8 October. Cümbüş Cemaat is a band inspired from Balkan music, including rembetiko, and have contributed to the soundtrack of Djam by Tony Gatlif, also on the Filmekimi programme. Cümbüş Cemaat will be joined by Melik Şah from Baba Zula.
Weekday daytime screenings (11.00, 13.30, 16.00) are only 8 TL.
Weekend screenings (11.00, 13.30, 16.00, 19.00) are 20 TL; for students and seniors (over 65) 14 TL.
All 21.30 screenings are 20 TL.
Filmekimi Edirne all screenings are 15TL; for students 13 TL,
Filmekimi Eskişehir all screenings are 11 TL; for students 9 TL,
Filmekimi Ankara all screenings are 17 TL; for students 14 TL,
Filmekimi Diyarbakır all screenings are 11 TL; for students 9 TL,
Filmekimi İzmir all screenings are 17 TL; for students 14 TL,
Filmekimi Bodrum all screenings are 14TL; for students 12 TL.
Tulip members will be able to purchase their tickets in advance at up to 25% discounted rates this year. These priority discounted tickets can be purchased by Black and White Tulip members on Tuesday, 19 September, and by Red and Yellow Tulip members on Wednesday, 20 September, Thursday, 21 September and Friday, 22 September.
Vodafone Red and FreeZone users are offered a complimentary ticket for the same screening (as per the official campaign rules.)
FILMS FROM FILMEKIMI’S PROGRAMME
- The Square / Ruben Östlund
Director Ruben Östlund continues his streak of films that keep the wit while disturb. Winning the Palm d’or at Cannes, The Square is set in an art centre in Stockholm, directed by Christian. Christian is a flawless man–lover of the arts, kind, good looking, sophisticated, rich and friendly, just like the society he is a part of. Östlund has crafted a sharp, innovative and controversial film that criticises the superficiality of image, the slow corruption of welfare and its discreet hypocrisy. The Square is Sweden’s Oscar nominee.
- Good Time / Josh and Benny Safdie
Presenting a cinematic experience filled with joy and reality, Safdie Brothers’ latest film is an utterly interesting crime drama centring on two brothers. After a blotched heist, Connie tries to save his mentally challenged brother from jail and thus begins a night-long adventure against time. With its clockwork editing, the amazing performance of Robert Pattinson, Oneohtrix Point Never’s score, Good Timeis a brilliant film that mesmerizes the audience.
- Redoubtable / Le Redoutable / Michel Hazanavicius
From the director of The Artist, comes a cinematic love story and a tribute to the legendary filmmaker, Jean-Luc Godard. Starring Stacy Martin, who had visited the Istanbul Film Festival in 2015, as Anne, Louis Garrel as Godard, and The Artist actress Bérénice Bejo, Redoubtable is a romantic drama, told through the eyes of Anne Wiazemsky, who was Godard’s star and wife. The film is set in Paris in 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the most renowned filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne, 20 years his junior. Happy, in love, magnetic, they marry. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May ‘68 will amplify this process, and Jean-Luc will change profoundly, as misunderstood as he is impossible to understand.
- England Is Mine / Mark Gill
One of the most original, most charismatic and most mysterious names of the music world, Morrissey as a young man in the 1970s in Manchester is the main focus of this biopic, England Is Mine. From his early days of youth to the first days he set up The Smiths, Morrissey’s portrait had its world premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival’s closing night, and takes its name from The Smiths song “Still Ill”.
- Happy End / Michael Haneke
One of the most important contemporary directors, Michael Haneke returns with his new film anticipated since Amour. The veteran director adds new modern anxieties to his usual concoction of dysfunctional family, bourgeois distress, revenge, guilt and repressed feelings of his central bourgeois family struggling to live conformism to the very end. However, Europe is not what it used to be, and the cities are full of migrants who they are trying to keep away with their invisible walls. Happy End was declared Austria's Oscar nominee.
- You Were Never Really Here / Lynne Ramsey
Lynne Ramsey’s new film is a standalone proof that the art of cinema will never die. A sociopathic war veteran, a young girl in the hands of villains, a complex web of intrigue that involves some powerful statesmen… Although the pattern is familiar, blood flows in a different direction in this film as the stories unfold towards an ambiguous territory. Proving her mastery with We Need to Talk About Kevin, director Lynne Ramsey with the powerful aid of Joaquin Phoenix’s awarded performance revolutionises storytelling and crime film editing. A mind-bending and confusing journey, this film does not satisfy any anticipations.
- 120 Battements Par Minute / 120 BPM / Robin Campillo
Having personally served in Act-Up Paris, director Robin Campillo in his film which gained praised from critics and audiences alike tells the story of this activist organisation that struggled to make a difference against AIDS in the 1990s. The latest film from Campillo, whose Eastern Boys was screened at the Istanbul Film Festival, is a surprising drama replete with narratively sharp turns causing Pedro Almodovar to burst with tears at the press conference at Cannes. 120 BPM was selected as France's Oscar nominee.
- The Killing of A Sacred Deer / Yorgos Lanthimos
Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ second film in English following The Lobster is set in a damned universe as usual, meticulously designed to unsettle, wonder and be amused. Centred on a teenager and a surgeon with whom he is trying to fill his father’s void, the plot takes a Twilight Zone twist when the families meet. This is a difficult as impressive film about family, guilt, and class gaps.
- Loveless / Nelyubov / Andrey Zvyagintsev
A couple bonded with hate, and in the room at the back, their children, crying in fear... Loveless tells the story of the disappearance of this child, the parents’ search for him, and their futile struggle to keep their tattered relationship together. The grand master of contemporary Russian cinema, Andrei Zvyagintsev paints the grim portrait of a corrupt society torn in pieces by violence, fights, and lovelessness, which has forgotten to cry. Loveless was declared Russia’s Oscar nominee.
- Aus Dem Nichts / In the Fade / Fatih Akın
Katja is a woman who has lost her husband and young child to a terrorist bombing in Hamburg. When the court tends to side with the suspects, her mourning slowly transforms to rage. Losing everything she holds dear, she leaves all behind to secure justice in her own way. Germany’s nominee for the Oscars, In the Fade was conceived from the inspiration Fatih Akın draws from xenophobic murders and the ensuing investigation in Germany.
- Rodin / Jacques Doillon
The grand master of sculptors, Auguste Rodin on the centenary of his death is the subject of this beautiful film that tackles his art and his personal life as well. Having its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival, Rodin observes the artist as he completes “Gates of Hell”, one of the milestones of his career, and follows his relationships with his wife Rose, student and lover Camille Claudel as well. Rodin is played by Vincent Lindon, who had earlier acted in The Measure of A Man.
- The Beguiled / Sofia Coppola
During the American Civil War, injured Union soldier McBurney takes refuge at a Southern girls’ boarding school. It won’t take long for the soldier to become an object of desire from being a source of fear for the women and girls at the school. As one of the most interesting and exciting directors of American independent cinema, Sofia Coppola provides and originally feminine perspective to Don Siegel’s 1971 film of the same title with Clint Eastwood. A witty thriller, The Beguiled is a naughty period film that follows the thriller route between the anxiety of sexes.
- A Gentle Creature / Krotkaya / Sergey Loznitsa
A woman whose name is not revealed… Her sole intention is to deliver a box full of supplies to her husband in prison. When the box is returned to her, she sets on the road to take it herself, but it seems the whole town, even the whole world is intent to stop her from delivering the box, and there is no end to the torment. Drawing inspiration from Dostoevsky, Sergei Loznitsa paints a grim, unrelenting, disturbing Eastern European portrait while keeping the tradition of great Russian cinema with its meticulous art direction.
- Jupiter Holdja / Jupiter’s Moon/ Kornél Mundruczó
Documenting rebellious dogs in his White God, Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó returns with a film that premiered at Cannes which brings a new dimension to migration stories. Telling the story of an immigrant man who acquires supernatural powers after being hunted down and killed by racist police officers, and a corrupt doctor he befriends, Jupiter’s Moon is one of the most surprising films of the year winking at Hollywood.
- Jeannette – The Childhood of Joan of Arc / Jeannette – L’enfance De Jeanne D’arc / Bruno Dumont
One of the most controversial contemporary geniuses of French cinema, Bruno Dumont returns with a weird musical that would not be suitable in the hands of anyone else but him. Jeannette – The Childhood of Joan of Arc, depicts the childhood and adolescence of Joan of Arc, one of France’s most significant heroes, but of course in a unique Dumont way. Premiering at Cannes, the film was scored by Igorrr, the French breakcore genius who will be giving a concert at Salon İKSV on 2 October. You will not get enough of the twisted wit of this unusual universe where nuns are seen to “headbang.”
- mother! / Darren Aronofsky
Premiering at Venice Film Festival to boos and applause alike, mother! Divided both critics and audiences. The film follows Jennifer Lawrence’s character as her life is disrupted when a couple arrive at her house unannounced. Described by its cast and crew as “bold, unequalled, eclectic,” and by critics as “majestic, scary, amazing,” mother! is the most surprising film Darren Aronofsky has ever directed. It seems that Aronofsky will in no time add a new classic to the horror-thriller genre after Black Swan.
- Blind In Love / Onur Ünlü
The latest film by Golden Tulip-winner Onur Ünlü will have its Istanbul prmiere during Filmekimi. The film follows Salim, a 30-year-old homicide detective, who begins to lose his sight, similar to the suspect in the case he is investigating and his mother, and his lover interest.
- The Shape of Water / Guillermo del Toro
Filled with insane monsters from different universes, the latest of master storyteller Guillermo del Toro’s heartrending fables premiered at Toronto Film Festival. We are at a secret laboratory in the USA, in 1963, the midst of the Cold War. Working as janitor, Elisa discovers a confidential experiment, and decides to save the humanoid creature from the cruel experiment. Never losing the intensity of its sentimentality or poetic ways, The Shape of Water is a perfect addition to del Toro’s gallery of monsters with which we can empathise and flawless visual set pieces.
- Call Me by Your Name / Luca Guadagnino
1983, northern Italy… A 17-year-old boy during the summer holidays, at his parent’s mansion… All seems quiet until a stranger disrupts the calm, hurts and heals the soul with first love. Adapting Andre Aciman’s bestseller to the silver screen with James Ivory, Italian director Luca Guadagnino masterfully brings together a cinematic masterpiece, one of this year’s best films, which has premiered at Sundance and later at Berlin.
- Borg/McEnroe / Janus Metz
One of the most highly-publicised, greatest and fiercest rivalries of the history of sports: the short-tempered, fiery John McEnroe against zen-cool Swedish Bjorn Borg. The opening film of the Toronto Film Festival, Borg/McEnroe focuses on the unforgettable final match between the two tennis legends–fire and ice–at Wimbledon 1980 with the famous 20-minute tie-break. Borg/McEnroe is the debut feature by Danish filmmaker Janus Metz, whose documentary Armadillo was awarded at Cannes in 2010.
- Rebel In The Rye / Danny Strong
One of the most mysterious names of the literary world, J.D. Salinger chose to stay away from prying eyes and the incessant attention of his readers isolating himself from the world. Rebel in the Rye, focuses on Salinger’s lesser known traumatic experience in the field during World War II, and his process of writing the legendary novel Catcher in the Rye. Directed by Danny Strong who acted in several films and TV series including Buffy and Gilmore Girls, Rebel in the Rye stars Nicholas Hoult as Salinger.
- The House By The Sea / La Villa / Robert Guédiguian
A house by the sea in Marseille… The owner of the villa is an old man, anticipating his death. His three grown-up children have arrived to spend his final days together. Angela, Joseph and Armand review their past choices and their days as a family. Just then, a group of people arrive on the beach and the relative calm of the family is disrupted. Writer, director and producer Robert Guédiguian’s latest film stars his wife Arian Ascaride as his loyal cast members, including Jean-Pierre Darroussin.
- Submergence / Wim Wenders
Great German filmmaker Wim Wenders’ highly anticipated latest film set in sand sesrts in Somalia and Normandy beaches takes its strength from its A-list cast. The opening film of the San Sebastian Film Festival, Submergence tells the romantic story of a hydraulic engineer and bio-mathematician as they meet in Normandy, fall in love and set out to dangerous missions in different places in the world. The film was adapted to screen from war correspondent JM Ledgard’s novel.
- Djam / Tony Gatlif
Depicting in the best way the Roma world on cinema, director Tony Gatlif this time tells the musical story of a journey from Istanbul to Greece on the wings of the sad melodies of rembetiko. The film’s titular heroine Djam is a young woman who has come to Istanbul to buy spare parts. When she meets the 18-year-old Avril, a lonely and broke humanitarian aid worker, she decides to take her under her wings. Together they travel from Istanbul to Greece’s Lesvos Island with hope and music accompanying them. Greek and Turkish musicians collaborated for the score of Djam, including Baba Zula’s Melike Şahin, Cümbüş Cemaat’s Cem Köklükaya, Dalganabak’s Ozan Tura, Ozan Çoban, Onur Yusufoğlu, and Burhan Hasdemir. Melike Şahin and Cümbüş Cemaat will take the stage at Filmekimi’s closing concert on 8 October at Salon İKSV.
- The Day After / Geu-Hu / Hong Sang-soo
The Day After is Hong Sang-soo’s new film which once more tells the story of “men confronting manhood.” Cheating on his wife with a young woman, a man feels the pain of his infidelity but then meets another young woman. While telling this story, The Day After meditates on the notion of conscience and makes a thorough character investigation on the societal role of women. Drinking at tables, nervous breakdowns, the sublimity of love and long dialogues shot on plan sequences…
- Battle of the Sexes / Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
One of the most talked-about tennis rivalries, and the most watched sports event on TV in 1973, the legendary match between Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King was dubbed the “battle of the sexes,” and this match is in the centre of the film. Emma Stone and Steve Carrell share the lead in the latest film directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, directors of Little Miss Sunshine and Ruby Sparks. The said match was a much publicised public confrontation which signified a face off between the sexism and feminist struggle.
- Fortunata / Sergio Castellitto
In spite of what her name evokes, Fortunata is a woman who struggles to survive her wreck of a marriage. She works hard to manage to set up a hairdresser’s, and in the meanwhile, she has only her young daughter by her side. Her only mission in life is to liberate herself and stand tall against life in this big city full of predator men; to be happy without caring much about anyone else but herself, tomorrow if not today or eventually. Sergio Castellito’s new film is a chaotic ride arising from the storm of a strong woman on the back streets of Rome, from time to time wildly Felliniesque, fun or flamingly touching.
- Foxtrot / Samuel Maoz
The follow up to Israeli director Samuel Maoz’s 2009 anti war film Lebanon, Foxtrot has made its world premiere at Venice and later at Toronto film festivals. The film follows a man who receives the news of his son’s death at the front, and unable to cope with the interest of the army officials and relatives, loses his calm and descends into a nervous breakdown. Investigating the notion of fate from different perspectives, the film stars Lior Ashkenazi, who had served on the Golden Tulip jury of the Istanbul Film Festival in 2016. Declared Israel’s Oscar nominee, Foxtrot also won 8 Ophir awards.
- Gemini / Aaron Katz
Keeping its suspense and mystery high all the way through, Gemini is a murder mystery, a noir set in the midst of the film industry in Los Angeles that never loses its witty perspective. Having its world premiere at SXSW, Gemini follows Jill, as she becomes the main suspect when the Hollywood starlet she has been assisting is murdered. While she tries to clear her name by hunting down the killer, she stumbles upon the intrigues of the film industry.
- Lover For A Day / Philippe Garrel
One of French cinema’s most respectful names, Philippe Garrel once again delves into the labyrinthine mysteries of love and lovers. The black and white film centres on young student Jeanne–played by Garrel’s daughter Esther–who has just broken up with her boyfriend. In the throes of break-up, Jeanne decides to move in to the house of his father, who is a university professor. The first thing she runs into at home is her father’s girlfriend Ariane, who happens to be her age, and his father’s student. The love affair crossed with the various family dynamics reveal tragicomic situations hallmark of Garrel’s filmography. World premiering at Cannes within the Directors’ Fortnight section, Lover For A Day is the final instalment of Garrell’s trilogy which took off with Jealousy and continued with In The Shadow of Women.
- The Insult / L’insulte / Ziad Doueiri
How does a simple insult turn into a national crisis? Having its international premiere at the Venice Film Festival where it brought Kamel El Basha the Volpi Cup Best Actor, The Insult is a drama that explores politics, judicial system and eventually the deep societal crises in Lebanon. In the film, Lebanese Christian Tony and the Palestinian foreman Yaser (El Basha) start a discussion which culminates with Tony’s insult and Yaser’s consequential slap in the face. When the fight is carried to the courts, the conflict between two men becomes a national issue. The Insult was selected as Lebanon’s Oscar nominee.
- Housewife / Can Evrenol
Having cracked the doors to hell open with Baskın, Can Evrenol continues his descent to horror with his sophomore feature, Housewife, which will have its Turkish premiere at Filmekimi, with the attendance of the crew and cast. Starring Clémentine Poidatz as Holly, Housewife tells the weird story of a young woman whose family is inexplicably murdered 20 years ago by her mother. Tackling the recurring themes of sexuality, family, social claustrophobia and nightmares, Housewife had its world premiere at the Paris L’etrange film festival, followed by screenings at Lisbon’s MotelX and Sitges film festivals.
- Let The Sunshine In / Claire Denis
Claire Denis’ latest film stars Juliette Binoche in one of her most elegant roles, as a divorced mother looking for real love. Binoche plays Isabelle, a 50-something unhappy and indecisive artist who lets her sentiments guide her life. A few men she meets lead her to further frustration due to their incompetency, awkward communication, odd, and even funny situations. Written by celebrated French author Christine Angot and Denis, the ironic Bright Sunshine In wittily tackles the contemporary world and the difficulties it presents in relationships. Bright Sunshine In won the grand prize of the Directors Fortnight sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival.
- Wind River / Taylor Sheridan
Wind Riveris a modern western masterpiece set in a relentless world in which everything, man or animal, is in peril and anxious. Wind Riveris a chilling thriller that follows a rookie FBI agent who teams up with a local game tracker with deep community ties and a haunted past to investigate the murder of a local girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving the mysterious death. Set in the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming, Wind River is written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, scriptwriter for Sicario and Hell of High Water.
- Lucky / John Carroll Lynch
Taking part in more than 200 films from Paris, Texas to Inland Empire, the inimitable character actor Harry Dean Stanton, who celebrated his 90th birthday today, is Lucky, the titular protagonist of the American indie. Living by himself in a town in the middle of the desert, Lucky is an atheist man who has been maintaining his daily routine since years in spite of his old age: yoga, breakfast, and a pack of cigarettes a day, and not a single complaint. Then one day, it dawn onto him that his “lucky” strike could end one day, and thus begins Lucky’s days of enlightenment. Directed by actor John Carroll Lynch, and making its premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival, Lucky shines with its powerful cast which includes David Lynch. Unfortunately, Harry Dean Stanton passed away recently.
- Faces Places / Agnès Varda, JR
Making its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival at a special event, Faces Places is the film of a special collaboration, of one of the most important names in French cinema, Agnès Varda and French artist and photographer JR. The 88-year-old legendary Agnès Varda, who has been active as artist for more than 60 years now in film, photography, video installation to sculpture, toured around the French countryside with JR, young artist who has recently painted walls in several cities including Istanbul. The duo chatted with the locals, took photographs, exhibited them, and in the meanwhile became friends. Faces Places is a very special journal-film and a journey-film.
- The Summit / Santiago Mitre
Starring Ricardo Darin, one of Argentina’s most significant actors, and set at the summit of the Andes, The Summit blends psychological tension with political tension. Giving the film its title, the Latin American states summit has convened with oil and global power on its agenda. However, the Argentine president Hernán Blanco is preoccupied with something utterly distant: his son-in-law is blackmailing him for his political triumphs, and his daughter Marina is naturally frustrated and distraught. Both to earn some time and to provide some distraction, Hernán has brought Marina along with him to the summit. As father and daughter keep digging into their pasts to settle their differences, the tension between them will rise. The Summit had its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival’s A Certain Look section.
- Zama / Lucrecia Martel
Produced by Pedro Almodovar, Lucrecia Martel’s long-awaited follow up to Headless Woman and Dog Days had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival. Adapted from Antonio di Benedetto’s titular existential 1956 novel considered one of Argentina’s most important literary work, Zama is set in Paraguay in the 18th century, Spain’s colony at the time, and follows colonial officer Diego de Zama as he spends his time expecting a raise, expecting news, expecting a promotion, expecting a justification of his existence. With immense South American panoramas as background Zama investigates modern anxieties of the contemporary societies today through its troubled officer.
- The Desert Bride / Cecilia Atán, Valeria Pivato
Winning our hearts with Gloria, Paulina Garcia once again draws the portrait of a strong woman who takes the direction of fate in her own hands. The Desert Bride tells the story of Cecilia, a 54-year-old woman whose life is destroyed when she loses her job with a family in Buenos Aires and decides to cross the desert in search for a new job. Directors Cecilia Atán and Valeria Pivato in their debut feature follow in the footsteps of respected Argentine filmmakers Pablo Trapero, Juan Campanella, and Christopher Hampton. The premiere of this powerful drama was made at the Cannes Film Festival’s A Certain Look sidebar.
- Victoria&Abdul / Stephen Frears
Starring the one and only Dame Judi Dench as Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, Victoria and Abdul tells the story of an unusual friendship. Premiering at the Venice Film Festival, the film follows Abdul Karim a 24-year-old man from India arriving in London to serve the Queen. As time goes by, Abdul not only gains the aging Queen’s trust but also becomes her confidant and best friend to the objections of the court. In his follow up to last year’s Florence Foster Jenkins, Stephen Frears collaborates with the Billy Elliot screenwriter Lee Hall for the script of Victoria and Abdul.
- Custody / Xavier Legrand
Competing at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals, actor Xavier Legrand’s debut feature Custody focuses on a young boy whose parents have just divorced. After their divorce, his parents get shared custody of Julien. Hostage of a jealous and seemingly violent father, shield for an over-protective mother, Julien is pushed to the edge to prevent the worst from happening. Custody had its world premiere at Venice Film Festival, and using different genres or cinematic codes–realism, social drama, suspense, thriller –it keeps the interest of its audience high.
- Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri / Martin McDonagh
One of the strongest screenwriters of American independent cinema, director of In Bruges, Martin McDonagh returns with his most anticipated film since Seven Psychopaths. Premiering at Venice first followed by Toronto film festivals, the film follows Milfred, a woman whose daughter is raped and murdered near their home. Mourning in her pain, Milfred rents three billboards on the highway to attract the attention of the officials who investigate the murder. The amazing performance of Frances McDormand as Milfred and the accompanying cast make this elegy a powerful ode to powerful women. Three Billboards won the Silver Lion for Best Director at Venice followed by the People’s Choice Award at Toronto film festivals.
- Thelma / Joachim Trier
One of Norway’s most respected young filmmakers, Joachim Trier this time takes a step back from reality and tells the story of a young woman who acquires supernatural powers when she falls in love. Inspired from the1980s Japanese animes, Stephen King novels and synthesizer music, Thelma’s titular heroine is a shy girl who leaves behind her religious family to move to Oslo from her small hometown to study biology. She falls in love with her beautiful classmate Anja, but this situation changes her in way the least expected. Winning the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul Film Festival with Reprise, director Joachim Trier’s latest film had its international premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and was selected as Norway's Oscar nominee.
- The Party / Sally Potter
With the support of a fantastic cast, Sally Potter concocts a ticking time-bomb vaudeville that keeps its audience on edge. Reaching the peak of her career, Janet has been appointed shadow minister. Together with her husband, she has planned a party to celebrate. As the guests arrive, they have no idea that the party will take an unprecedented turn when the husband Bill will make an unexpected revelation. The Party is a piercing political satire.
- Tehran Taboo / Ali Soozandeh
Directed by Ali Soozandeh from his original screenplay, the animation film Tehran Taboo reveals how despite restrictions and regulations the young men and women lust for life in Iran. Premiering at the Critics’ Week at Cannes Film Festival, Tehran Taboo follows three women of different social backgrounds and a young musician as they seek to live freely has made it an everyday sport to avoid these strict prohibitions. This humanist film expresses with tenderness and humor the hypocrisy and the contradictions of the system and its consequences.
- The Leisure Seeker / Paolo Virzi
Italian director Paolo Virzi whose Human Capital and Like Crazy were screened at Filmekimi earlier this time returns with a heart-warming story following an elderly couple. Fed up with the advices of the doctors and the endless care of their children, Ella and John decide to hit the roads alone on their trailer they name “Leisure Seeker”. Ella has cancer, and John suffers from Alzheimer’s, but still they head from Boston to Key West, reinventing their lives, and pursuing hope, liberty, and love.
- The Third Murder / Sandome No Satsujın / Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Kore-eda whose humanistic dramas have cemented his place as one of Japan’s foremost auteurs, this time returns with an intricate murder thriller following a man struggling to find the truth while questioning his own faith in the law. Vying for the Golden Lion in Venice Film Festival, the film stars Japanese singer and actor Masaharu Fukuyama. Leading attorney Shigemori takes on the defence of murder-robbery suspect Misumi who served jail time for another murder 30 years ago. Shigemori’s chances of winning the case seem low - his client freely admits his guilt, despite facing the death penalty if he is convicted. As he digs deeper into the case, as he hears the testimonies of the victim’s family and Misumi himself, the once confident Shigemori begins to doubt whether his client is the murderer after all.
- Racer And The Jailbird / Le Fidèle
Selected as Belgium’s Oscar nominee, Racer and the Jailbird stars Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos from Blue Is the Warmest Color. The film follows mob member Gino fall in love with the beautiful racer Bénédicte as the couple risks all to defeat their fates. The latest film by Michaël R. Roskam who had directed The Drop and Bullhead has made its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
- Patti Cake$ / Geremy Jasper
Suffering from both discrimination and sexism, Patricia “Dumbo” Dombrowski has been hearing the words “A big white girl can't make it as a rapper.” Will she ever transform into the hip hop star “Patti Cake$” as she has been dreaming, or will she be a flash in the pan in her poor neighbourhood in Jersey? Premiering at Sundance to great acclaim and later at Cannes thanks to especially its Australian lead star Danielle Macdonald’s performance, Patti Cake$ tells the inspiring story of a talented and 23 year old young woman who struggles with her mother’s tantrums while confronting prejudices and her small town fate. The director Geremy Jasper, who also scored the film, tells that he was inspired by his own 23 year old self while writing the story of the film.
- Nico, 1988 / Susanna Nicchiarelli
Andy Warhol’s superstar, German chanteuse who sang with the Velvet Underground, the one and only Nico was once one of the most famous stars of the music world. The Nico of 1987 when she was at almost 50 and away from the top is the subject of Susanna Nicchiarelli’s latest film which opened the Venice Film Festival. Telling “Nico’s story after Nico,” the film follows the artist on tour in 1988 in Paris, Prague, Nüremberg, Manchester and Rome with her son, as she struggles with personal as well as professional problems. Nico, 1988 tells Nico’s rebirth story as a woman, an icon and a bold musician.
- A Fantastic Woman / Una Mujer Fantástıca / Sebastián Lelio
Attaining international fame with his previous film Gloria which was screened at Filmekimi, Sebastián Lelio returns with a much anticipated drama which centres on a Marina, a transwoman who mourns the loss of her older lover. Burdened by the grim residue of a parted great love, the weight of loneliness and the dark side of a marginalising and daunting society... Director Lelio in his latest wonder tells the poignant story of facing the whole world in Chile as a transperson taking as background a concluded love and dreams of happiness.