Istanbul Film Festival 2018

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Underground and Frost
And Breathe Normally (Country: Iceland, Sweden, Belgium; Year: 2018; Director: Ísold Uggadóttir; Stars: Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir, Babetida Sadjo, Patrik Nökkvi Pétursson)
At the edge of Iceland’s Reykjanes peninsula, two women’s lives will intersect – for a brief moment – while trapped in circumstances unforeseen. Between a struggling Icelandic mother and an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau, a delicate bond will form as both strategise to get their lives back on track.
Central Airport THF (Country: Germany, France, Brazil; Year: 2018; Director: Karim Aïnouz)
The story of Berlin's Tempelhof airport, which is today used as a refugee shelter and a leisure park.
The Escape (Country: Turkey, Germany; Year: 2017; Director: Kenan Kavut; Writer: Kenan Kavut; Stars: Ali Suliman, Jale Arikan, Mustafa Avkiran, Muhammed Cangören, Burak Çimen, Ali Suliman, Jale Arikan, Mustafa Avkiran, Muhammed Cangören, Burak Çimen)
A desperate Syrian refugee forges an unexpected bond with a Turkish woman.
Frost (Country: Lithuania, France, Ukraine, Poland; Year: 2017; Director: Sarunas Bartas; Writer: Sarunas Bartas, Anna Cohen-Yanay; Stars: Boris Abramov, Andrzej Chyra, Mantas Janciauskas, Lyja Maknaviciute, Vanessa Paradis, Weronika Rosati)
Rokas and Inga, a couple of young Lithuanians, volunteer to drive a cargo van of humanitarian aid to Ukraine, but when plans change, the pair find themselves growing closer.
Muhi - Generally Temporary (Year: 2017; Director: Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander, Tamir Elterman)
The story of a young boy from Gaza who has been trapped for years in an Israeli hospital.
Styx Styx
Styx and And Breathe Normally
Obscuro Barroco (Country: France, Greece; Year: 2018; Director: Evangelia Kranioti; Stars: Luana Muniz, Luana Muniz)
Poetic essay film about the Rio Carnival.
Razzia (Country: France, Belgium, Morocco; Year: 2017; Director: Nabil Ayouch; Writer: Nabil Ayouch, Maryam Touzani; Stars: Maryam Touzani, Arieh Worthalter, Amine Ennaji, Abdelilah Rachid, Dounia Binebine, Abdellah Didane, Saadia Ladib, Younes Bouab, Maha Boukhari, Nezha Tebbai, David El Baz, Marwa Tiyane, Fatim-Zahra Lahouitar, Dejjiti El Housseine, Aïcha Laghchim)
The streets of Casablanca provide the centerpiece for five separate narratives that all collide.
A Season In France (Un Saison En France) (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun; Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Eriq Ebouaney)
An African teacher flees his war-torn country for France, where he falls in love.
Styx (Country: Germany, Austria; Year: 2018; Director: Wolfgang Fischer; Writer: Wolfgang Fischer, Ika Künzel; Stars: Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Alexander Beyer, Inga Birkenfeld, Anika Menger, Susanne Wolff, Gedion Oduor Wekesa, Alexander Beyer, Inga Birkenfeld, Anika Menger)
A storm in the middle of the ocean, a boat full of refugees that is about to sink and a woman all by herself...
Underground (Pailalim) (Country: Philippines; Year: 2017; Director: Daniel Palacio; Writer: Daniel Palacio; Stars: Joem Bascon, Mara Lopez, Grace Ann Betalmos)
A gravedigger is forced to take desperate measures after his daughter becomes gravely ill.
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