Istanbul Film Festival 2018

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Maria By Callas Maria By Callas
Maria By Callas and Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.
Black, Not Gray: Ankara Rocks! (Country: Turkey; Year: 2016; Director: Ufuk Önen; Writer: Ufuk Önen, Aycan Yücel, Gülden Treske, Neslihan Atcan Altan; Stars: Ufuk Önen, Can Abanazir, Volkan Akgun, Ferman Akgül, Ugur Bulent Aksoy, Eren Alkan, Emre Alptekin, Zafer Altundag, Orkun Ariyörük, Utku Arslan, Mete Artun, Cemal Atahan, Yigit Ataman, Neslihan Atcan Altan, Saygin Ay)
This documentary explores the rock and metal scenes of Ankara from the ‘70s to the ‘90s through bars, studios, concerts, Yüksel and Tunalı streets, and record stores.
Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Live in Copenhagen (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: David Barnard)
Live concert screened for one night only.
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Lili Fini Zanuck; Writer: Stephen 'Scooter' Weintraub, Larry Yelen; Stars: Eric Clapton)
The life and work of the guitarist.
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami (Country: Ireland, United Kingdom; Year: 2017; Director: Sophie Fiennes; Stars: Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie, Grace Jones, Jean-Paul Goude, Sly & Robbie)
Portrait of the singer.
Looking For Oum Kulthum (Country: Germany, Italy, Austria, Morocco; Year: 2017; Director: Shirin Neshat, Shoja Azari; Writer: Shoja Azari, Ahmad Diba, Shirin Neshat; Stars: Neda Rahmanian, Yasmin Raeis, Mehdi Moinzadeh, Kais Nashif, Soumaya Akaaboune, Rainer Guldener, Najia Skalli, Nadia Niazi, Nadia Benzakour, Eric Cuvelier, Rodin Hamidi, Jalil Tijani, Nour Kamar, Bandar Atifi, Mohammed Bouih)
Mitra is an ambitious artist ho embarks on her dream project of making a film about the legendary Egyptian singer and diva Oum Kulthum.
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars
Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars and Shut Up And Play The Piano
Maria By Callas (Country: France; Year: 2017; Director: Tom Volf; Stars: Maria Callas, Vittorio De Sica, Aristotle Onassis, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Omar Sharif, Luchino Visconti)
The most famous soprano in the world, a true diva, recounts her life 40 years after her death.
Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Country: US, UK; Year: 2018; Director: Stephen Loveridge; Stars: M.I.A.)
Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, this is an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician who continues to shatter conventions.
Radiogram (Country: Bulgaria; Year: 2017; Director: Rouzie Hassanova; Stars: Alexander Hadjiangelov, Yana Titova, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Alexander Ivanov, Vakrilena Kolakova, Stefan Mavrodiyev, Lubomir Petkashev, Stefan Shterev, Alexander Hadjiangelov, Yana Titova, Aleksandar Aleksiev, Alexander Ivanov, Vakrilena Kolakova, Stefan Mavrodiyev, Lubomir Petkashev)
Based on a true story, Radiogram follows a father who walks almost 100 kilometres to the nearest town, so he can buy a new radio for his rock’n’roll obsessed son.
Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (Country: US, Japan; Year: 2017; Director: Stephen Nomura Schible; Stars: Ryuichi Sakamoto)
Documentary about the award-winning composer and musician.
Song Of Granite (Country: Ireland, Canada; Year: 2017; Director: Pat Collins)
A film about the traditional Irish singer Joe Heaney.
Shut Up And Play The Piano (Country: Germany, France, United Kingdom; Year: 2018; Director: Philipp Jedicke; Writer: Philipp Jedicke; Stars: Gonzales, Sibylle Berg, Jarvis Cocker, Leslie Feist, Peaches, Puppetmastaz, Gonzales, Sibylle Berg, Jarvis Cocker, Leslie Feist, Peaches, Puppetmastaz)
Traces the musical journey of one of the most original musicians of the indie music world, Chilly Gonzales–a Grammy-winning composer, virtuoso pianist, and entertainer.

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

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