Film festivals keep coming to Canberra thick and fast. Palace Electric Cinemas will be especially screening three offerings from the Turkish Film Festival 2018 which is otherwise predominantly taking place across Sydney and Melbourne.
While the broader line-up takes in eleven features, Canberra will enjoy three of the festival highlights this Friday 10 August – Sunday 12 August.
Butterflies (Kelebekler) is the latest comedy/drama from one of Turkish cinema’s most promising up-and-coming talents. The feature follows three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their late father who requests they reconvene in their childhood village following thirty years of estrangement. Part of the new generation of Turkish directors, writer/director Tolga Karaçelik took home the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema – Dramatic, at the Sundance Film Festival 2018. Screening 7:15 pm Friday.
Sevan the Craftsman is the sequel to The Eye of Istanbul which proved to be a crowd favourite during last year’s Turkish Film Festival. This second documentary finds its focus in Sevan Bicakci – a world-famous jewel-maker based in Turkey. Behold bold and beautiful creations in this up-close and personal look at the life and work of the Armenian master-craftsman as he draws inspiration from civilisations gone by, reviving the historic artisan traditions of Istanbul. Screening 6:30 pm Saturday.
The final Canberra inclusion, More (Daha), is a gripping drama set against the backdrop of the European refugee crisis which traces the plight of a young boy as he grows up in a world without innocence. Inculcated in the ways of his exploitative people-smuggling father, Gaza is a young boy who may have no hope but to try to profit from the very migratory misery of which he too is a part. Winner of Best Film at the Valladolid International Film Festival 2017. Screening 6:30 pm Sunday.
All three films will be in Turkish with English subtitles. All three features are 2017 releases.
Purchase tickets at the Palace Electric Cinemas box office or online.
Learn more about the festival here.