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Gala Screenings

OPENING GALA: Never Leave Me

Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2017 / DCP / Colour / 97’ / Arabic / English and Turkish Subtitles

Never Leave Me is the story of three little Syrian refugees, Isa, Ahmad and Motaz, running away from their orphanage and striving to build a new life.

Director: Aida Begić
Screenplay: Aida Begić
Cinematography: Erol Zubčević
Editing: Redžinald Šimek
Producer: Aida Begić, Adis Đapo
Cast: İsa Demlakhi, Ahmad Husrom, Motaz Faez Basha, Carole Abboud, Tuka Na’al, Mehmet Usta, Ossama Mahmud Himeli, Nisreen Faour, Rabiya Gezmiş

 

Bırakma Beni, yaşadıkları yetimhaneden ayrılıp yeni bir hayat kurma arzusuyla yanıp tutuşan üç küçük Suriyeli mültecinin hikâyesi. Bu sebeple para biriktirmek için İsa, Ahmad ve Motaz tarihi Balıklıgöl’ün ziyaretçilere kâğıt mendil satmaya başlarlar. İlkin her şey yolundadır ama İsa’nın borçlu olduğu Karaca adlı serseri başlarını belaya sokacaktır… Filmlerinde zor şartlarda hayata tutunmaya çalışan çocukları sıkça konu edinen Aida Begić, çaresizliğin tam ortasındaki çarelere işaret ettiği yeni filmiyle karşımızda.

 

Never Leave Me is the story of three little Syrian refugees, Isa, Ahmad and Motaz, running away from their orphanage and striving to build a new life. They start selling paper tissues to the visitors of the historic Balıklıgöl. Everything seems fine at the beginning, but a deadbeat named Karaca, to whom Isa is indebted to, is about to get them in trouble… Aida Begić, who consistently takes on the subject of children holding on to life under difficult conditions, is pointing out the solutions in the midst of desperations with this new movie.

 

Yönetmen Filmografi

2012 Children of Sarajevo

2008 Snow

CLOSING GALA: Loving Vincent

England, Poland / 2017 / DCP / Colour / 95’ / English / Turkish Subtitles

Loving Vincent tells about the passionate & unfortunate life story and suspicious death of Vincent Van Gogh.

Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman

Screenplay: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Jacek Dehnel

Cinematography: Tristan Oliver, Lukasz Zal

Editing:Dorota Kobiela, Justyna Wierszynska           

Music: Clint Mansell

Producers: Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart

Oyuncular: Saoirse Ronan, Jerome Flynn, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Douglas Booth, Chris O'Dowd

Loving Vincent tells about the passionate & unfortunate life story and suspicious death of Vincent Van Gogh, one of the most famous painters who ever lived. After the shootings with actual performers, each of the 65.000 frames in the movie were painted by 125 professional oil painters travelling to the studios from Poland and Greece. Loving Vincent is a unique gathering of art and cinema.

 

Awards

Shanghai International Film Festival - Best Animated Film
Annecy International Animated Film Festival - Audience Award

BONUS FILM: The Other Side of Hope / Toivon Tuolla Puolen

Finland / 2017 / DCP / Colour / 98’ / Finnish, English, Arabic / English and Turkish Subtitles

In this movie, gifted director Kaurismaki deals with the refugee crisis through two people coming across each other.

Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Screenplay: Aki Kaurismaki
Cinematography: Timo Salminen
Editing: Samu Heikkila
Music: Petri Majuri, Tero Malmberg, Jyri Riikonen
Producers: Aki Kaurismaki, Sputnik Oy
Cast: Dome Karukoski, Ville Virtanen, Kati Outinen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Tommi Korpela, Sherwan Haji

In this movie, gifted director Kaurismaki deals with the refugee crisis through two people coming across each other. While doing so, he reflects all of his issues of concern, primarily racism. Does the communication between restaurant owner Wikström and Syrian Khaled who immigrates to Finland display of the sunny side of the world? Or is it a new story of sorrow driven by fate? Both is possible for lives that are at the edge of the abyss.

 

Aki Kaurismaki - Filmography

2011 Le Havre

2006 Laitakaupungin valot

2002 Mies vailla menneisyyttä

1999 Juha

1996 Kauas pilvet karkaavat (Drifting Clouds)

1994 Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses

1994 Pidä huivista kiinni, Tatjana (Take Care of Your Scarf, Tatiana)

1992 Boheemielämää (La vie de bohème)

1990 I Hired a Contract Killer

1990 Tulitikkutehtaan tyttö (Kibritçi Kız)

1989 Leningrad Cowboys Go America

1989 Likaiset kädet (Les mains sales)

1988 Ariel

1987 Hamlet liikemaailmassa (Hamlet Goes Business)

1986 Varjoja paratiisissa (Shadows in Paradise)

1985 Calamari Union

1983 Rikos ja rangaistus 

 

Awards

Berlin Film Festival – Silver Bear
Munich Film Festival – Best International Director
San Sebastian International Film Festival –
FIPRESCI Film of the Year
Luxembourg City Film Festival – Grand Prix

BONUS FILM: Little Harbour

Slovakia, Czechia / 2017 / DCP / Colour / 90’ / Czech, Slovak / English and Turkish Subtitles

Little Harbour is an emotional movie about family, motherhood and children.

Director: Iveta Grofova
Screenplay: Iveta Grofova, Marek Lescak
Cinematography: Denisa Buranova
Editing: Anton Fabian, Tono Fabian
Music: Matej Hlavac
Producers: Iveta Grofova, Katarina Krnacova
Cast: Vanessa Szamuhelova, Matus Bacisin, Katarina Kamencova, Johana Tesarova

Jarka is a woman who lives with her mother but not yet ready to become a mother herself. She spends most of her time alone. Due to her thirst for love and a complete family, she is led to being a mother to two babies. Little Harbour is an emotional movie about family, motherhood and children.

 

Iveta Grofova - Filmography

2014  Slovensko 2.0

2012  Az Do Mesta Az

 

Ödüller

Berlin Film Festivali – Generation Kplus, En İyi Çocuk Filmi
Neisse Film Festivali – En İyi Oyunculuk (Vanessa Szamuhelova)
Zlin Film Festivali – En İyi Çocuk Oyuncu Performansı (Vanessa Szamuhelova)