Istanbul Film Festival 2018

These are collected in two programmes, indicated below in italics.

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The All Seeing Blind (Sirayet) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Nuri Cihan Ozdogan; Writer: Nuri Cihan Ozdogan; Stars: Kemal Burak Alper, Osman Eren, Nermin Kurtulus, Serdar Seker, Engin Yüksel, Kemal Burak Alper, Osman Eren, Nermin Kurtulus, Serdar Seker, Engin Yüksel)
Saddam’s gold, the final loot of the Iraq war, is smuggled into Turkey hidden in cotton balls where blind workers separate the two. They don't know there is a seeing eye among the workers.
Programme 2
Arin (Country: UK; Year: 2017; Director: Müjde Arslan; Writer: Müjde Arslan; Stars: Gulaga Aslan, Esra Ugurlu, Gulaga Aslan, Esra Ugurlu)
Solin is a pregnant Kurdish woman living in London with her elderly father. Her father gets lost without speaking a word of English. To find him, Solin chases after the only thing her father manages to describe: a clock tower.
Programme 1
East Side (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Harun Durmuş)
After the civil war, Abdullah and Selam have come to Turkey from Syria. After a while, they decide to escape to Germany and make a deal with a human smuggler... soon they will have to fight for the money they have saved to escape.
Programme 1
Goat (Bizin) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Boğaç Uzun; Writer: Boğaç Uzun)
Hevidar is under compulsory education in a language different than her mother tongue. Hevidar has a homework to do.
Programme 2
Hit Me Baby (Country: Turkey; Year: 2018; Director: Semih Gülen; Writer: Semih Gülen; Stars: Joana Kohen, Gizem Taştan, Müfit Kayacan)
A week in the life of Hatice, a female boxer, right before she attends the national tryouts.
Programme 2
I Don't Believe In You But Then There Is Gravity (Sana İnanmıyorum Ama Yerçekimi Var) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2018; Director: Umut Subaşı; Writer: Umut Subaşı; Stars: Neva Sağlam, Dilek Çelebi)
A Sunday in a high-rise building in Istanbul. The day is shadowed by an unexpected event.
Programme 1
The Knights' Templar (Tapınak Şövalyeleri) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2018; Director: Arda Eksigil; Writer: Arda Eksigil; Stars: Mehmet Özgür, Cem Zeynel Kiliç, Sencar Sagdic, Mehmet Özgür, Cem Zeynel Kiliç, Sencar Sagdic)
Three old acquaintances debate different interpretations of the Koran, Christian sects, their lives, and life after death in a tiny, cramped neighbourhood barber shop.
Programme 2
Museum Of Broken Love (Bitmiş Aşklar Müzesi) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Murathan Ozbek; Writer: Murathan Ozbek, Murathan Ozbek)
A man who is working at a museum where belongings from people’s past relationships are exhibited, begins to fantasise about the lives led by their owners.
Programme 1
Soil (Toprak) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Alican Durbas; Writer: Alican Durbas; Stars: Güray Yalçin, Can Özmen, Efe Özmen, Güray Yalçin, Can Özmen, Efe Özmen)
The journey of a young man carrying a handful of soil into the grave of a deceased soldier who happens to be burying his own dead body.
Programme 2
The Tape (Kaset) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2018; Director: Serkan Fakili; Writer: Serkan Fakili; Stars: Emir Erdoganoglu, Murat Kiliç, Emir Erdoganoglu, Murat Kiliç)
The story of little Kenan, who borrows the batteries of his father’s call-to-prayer alarm clock to listen to the cassette in the player he found in the woodshed of their house.
Programme 2
There Is No Anatolia (Anadolu Yok) (Country: Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Ferit Katipoglu)
After a dinner where he met a famous clarinet player, a man goes on an odyssey through Istanbul.
Programme 1
Wicked Girl (Country: France, Turkey; Year: 2017; Director: Ayçe Kartal; Writer: Ayçe Kartal; Stars: Zeynep Naz Daldal, Zeynep Naz Daldal)
While a little girl is looking back on the good old days in her grandparents’ village from hospital room, dark and terrifying memories emerge, and, little by little, begin to make sense.
Programme 1
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