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1001 Faces of Istanbul

... one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it 'capital of the World' or 'capital of the Empire', others 'cradle of cultures' and others 'the worst place to live'; ' hell on earth'.

I've spent more than 1001 days in this city and I still find it difficult to reply to a simple question: 'What is Istanbul like?' Maybe it's because I have been here too long and I've come to realise that there is no simple answer to this question. Istanbul has many faces, many nuances if you will. It is difficult to explain them to a total stranger or a person who has never visited the city. Even though you have visited the city once, you have probably lifted only one veil from its face. If you were born here, this doesn't make you an Istanbul expert neither.

You have to get to know Istanbul slowly, day by day, page by page, neighbourhood by neighbourhood. This is actually very difficult because neighbourhoods are…

February Film Festivals

February 2016 is a month for all the film lovers out there. From February 3rd - 10th Istanbul International Short Film Festival will take place and from February 18th - 28th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival will take place. Selected movies from the latter will also be shown in Ankara and Izmir (March 03 - 06).

27. Istanbul International Short Film Festival / 27. İstanbul Uluslararası Kısa Film Festivali

This festival should have take place already in November 2015, howere it has been postponed  to February 3rd - 10th. It will take place in 3 different cultural institues in Beyoğlu, Istanbul: German, French and Italian. Films are divided into 4 categories: fiction, animation, experimental and short documentary. Here is the link to the official page, where you can also see the programme.

P.S.: Admission is free! :)

15. !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival / 15. !f İstanbul Uluslararası Bağımsız Filmler Festivali

(taken from the festival's Facebook page)
!f  Film Festival takes place in 3 different cities in Turkey. The first (and the richest) part of festival takes place in 4 different cinemas in Istanbul. As organizers wrote on the official page, the festival is "dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary film". Most movies, presented this year were released in 2015, however this year's festival pays also a small tribute to David Bowie. The !f Special Screening section focuses on Manoel de Oliveira, Kazuo Hara and Adam Curtis.

The festival is not only about watching movies, but also talking about movies. Besides movie screenings, film lovers can also attend workshops, small conversations&interventions and two different parties.

You can find all the details about the festival and screening times here.

P.S.: All the lovers of Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence don't miss movie, which is based on this book, Innocence of Memories.


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