We enter “filmekimi” from months. Cinema lovers from Istanbul are waiting for a movie-filled calendar between 7-16 October.
Filmekimi, organized by İKSV for the 21st time this year, is getting ready to meet with moviegoers in various movie theaters of Istanbul between 7-16 October. The ticket sales of Filmekimi, which will bring the newest films that have won awards from festivals, to the audience, will start on October 4. The films will be screened at Atlas Cinema, Cinewam, Kadıköy and Sinematek cinemas this year. We have compiled some of the films on Filmekimi’s list for our cinema-loving readers.
“White Noise” by Noah Baumbach
“White Noise”, Noah Baumbach’s first film since “Marriage Story”, explores universal mysteries such as love, death, obsession, and the possibility of being happy in a world with an ambiguous future, while an American family deals with the ordinary problems of daily life in the 1980s. We watch their work to solve such problems. Adam Driver plays the lead role of the film, which develops a critique against the consumer society, publishing culture, conspiracy and information pollution frenzy.
“Stars in the Noon Sun” by Claire Denis
Returning with the Grand Prize from the Cannes Film Festival, “Stars in the Noon Sun” is a romantic action full of passion and excitement set in Nicaragua. The soundtrack of the film, which was shot in Panama, consists of the compositions of Stuart Staples from Tindersticks, as in most of Claire Denis’s films. Adapting the poet and writer Denis Johnson’s novel of the same name about her experiences in Nicaragua during the civil war, Claire Denis describes her film as follows: just like in the book, the violence that shook the country can only be seen from afar in the film.”
“Close” by Lukas Dhont
Award-winning from Cannes and Belgium’s Oscar nominee, “Close” deals with the growing pains of the transition from childhood to adolescence. When two very close thirteen-year-old friends, Léo and Rémi, suddenly lose their friendship, Léo, unable to understand what happened, decides to consult Rémi’s mother, Sophie. The seeds of the film were sown when director Dhont visited his primary school. The director says that he still cannot reconcile with the painful experiences of his primary school years. Friendship, intimacy, fear and masculinity are the words at the heart of the story.
“A Beautiful Morning” by Mia Hansen-Løve
After “Bergman Island”, we see director Mia Hansen-Løve on the big screen this time with “A Beautiful Morning”. The film tells the story of a woman who reconnects with an old friend while caring for her father, who is suffering from a neurological disease. Inspired by his father’s illness, the director said of the film, “I wanted to examine how two opposing feelings, grief and rebirth, speak to each other.” says.
“Armageddon Time” by James Gray
Master director James Gray’s latest film, “Armageddon Time”, which has its world premiere at Cannes, tells a deeply personal story about the strength of family ties, the complex nature of friendship and the chasing of the “American Dream” for generations. Containing anecdotes from Gray’s own childhood in Queens, New York in the 1980s, the film focuses on a period of political uncertainty, centered on the close friendship of two young boys, a Jew and a black, both struggling to find their own personalities. The film, which is very personal, heartfelt and touching, has managed to garner great praise so far.
“They Don’t Work”, Lise Akoka & Romane Gueret
Winning the Best Film Award in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, “The Useless” tells the story of the Belgian director Gabriel, who will shoot a film in the north of France, about the selections made between amateur youth and children to take part in the film. French director duo Lise Akoka and Roman Gueret question the practice of casting in the film, while also discussing the moral aspects of shooting and filmmaking.
“After the Sun” by Charlotte Wells
Filmed in Muğla, “After the Sun” is a simple and graceful story of growing up, filled with the sadness and joy of memories. The film, which wanders around the borders of memory, tells about Sophie’s memories of vacation with her father in Fethiye 20 years ago, while her father and the real man go back and forth in the gaps behind her. Both the performance of Paul Mescal, whom we know from “Normal People”, and the film received the appreciation of the critics and the audience.
“Under the Fig Trees”, Erige City
“Under the Fig Trees”, which the director says he hopes to make a poetic contribution to Tunisian cinema, observes during a single day seasonal workers courting each other, renewing old ties, gossiping, even spying on each other and their relationships with their bosses. One of the critics’ comments on the film is as follows: “As full of love as a Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “Under the Fig Trees” is also Tunisia’s first fictional film to be nominated for an Oscar.
“Leyla’s Sisters” by Saeed Roustaee
In the shadow of her disappointments, “Leyla’s Sisters” tells the story of Leyla, who spent her entire life caring for her parents and four brothers. The film was deemed worthy of the International Critics Federation’s award in Cannes with its high tempo, striking dialogues and impressive performances.
“The Decision to Leave” by Park Chan-Wook
“The Decision to Leave”, which brought the Best Director Award at Cannes to Park Chan-wook, one of South Korea’s best-known contemporary filmmakers, is about an honest and determined police detective getting close to a woman who is a suspect in a murder case he is investigating. With its screenplay that constantly surprises the audience, its unrelenting sense of mystery and acting performances, the film is already considered one of the director’s most gripping and surprising works.
You can see all the films that will be screened during the filming and the schedule on the İKSV website.