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From the 71st Venice Film Festival to Filmekimi

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Vodafone FreeZone, the Istanbul stage of Filmekimi will be made 11-17 October. Four films which have premiered at the Venice Film Festival will be screened at the 13th edition of Filmekimi, including the Golden Lion-winner.

“A Pigeon...” winning the Golden Lion:

Winning the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Roy Andersson’s latest film “A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence” completes Roy Andersson’s “living” trilogy, and follows Songs from the Second Floor (2000) and You, The Living (2007). The film follows two travelling salesmen and observes the world and our times.

Venice Day’s Best Film “Return to Ithaca”

Laurent Cantet’s latest film “Return to Ithaca” follows five friends who gather to celebrate the return of Amadeo after 16 years of exile in Spain... From dusk to dawn, they reminisce about their youth, and also their disillusionment and the Cuban realities. Return to Ithaca is written by Cuba’s the most acclaimed novelist, Leonardo Padura, and director Laurent Cantet, best known for his Palme d’Or-winning The Class, and Foxfire.

Kim Ki-duk’s Revenge “One on One”

Korean master director Kim Ki-duk’s multiple murder thriller “One on One” was the opening film of the Venice Days sidebar at the Venice International Film Festival in September where it won the Feodora Award. “It’s a movie about a country where I live, South Korea. If you don’t feel like you are being killed, you should not watch it,” Kim Ki-duk said about his twentieth feature film. Some of master director’s earlier films screened at Filmekimi include The Bow, Arirang, Time, Pieta, and Moebius. The film follows seven members of the Shadows Sect who track down and hunt down the seven people suspected of committing a heinous crime.

Master director tells the story of the legendary director: “Pasolini”

“I know who killed him!” told director Abel Ferrara to the Italian media after finishing the biopic about the last days of Pasolini. The mystery has been around since November 1975, in Italy, when Pier Paolo Pasolini was savagely murdered. Poet, director, journalist and intellectual, Pasolini was one of the most revered though controversial figures in Italian artistic and political circles. He was killed in 1975 and the real killer was never found. In 2005, the case was reopened after some evidence was retrieved. Abel Ferrara goes back over this obscure event mixing politics and cinema history. Willem Dafoe plays the legendary director. Abel Ferrara’s Welcome to New York is also in the Filmekimi programme.

Congratulations to “Sivas” on their Venice Award

Meetings on the Bridge–Work in Progress Workshop, 1000 VOLT Post Production Award-winning film Sivas directed by Kaan Müjdeci received the Special Jury Prize at Venice Film Festival. Sivas was the only debut film in the competition section. Also Sivas is the first film from Turkey to receive an award in the main competition section at Venice Film Festival. Set in eastern Anatolian steppes, Sivas tells the story of the friendship between an 11-year-old boy and a weary fight dog, Sivas.

The complete programme of Filmekimi will be revealed in the coming days on filmekimi.iksv.org.