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The Best Festival Is Back In Town: Filmekimi

Istanbul is not only o city popular with its cultural and historical side. The city also has a reputation for its amazing activities and festivals. One of these festivals is coming up very soon. Yes, you guessed it right it’s the famous film festival in Istanbul; Filmekimi. For years the festival has had a wide range of audience and is a part of the city itself now.

Istanbul owes being a city of movies and taking part in the cinema culture to the old Turkish cinema called Yesilcam. This old and well-established cinematic tradition takes its name from Yeşilçam Street which is located in Taksim/Beyoglu.

The coffee shops in this street have a totally separate tradition to themselves. On Yesilcam Street all the buildings have the same form, the same nature. The top floors are always where the offices are and the ground floor is the coffee shop that belongs to the company. After the scenario was finished the actors and actresses were chosen from the coffee shop below and without losing any time they would actually start shooting the movies. AND ACTION!

This tradition does not carry on nowadays. However, the city has always been interested in film festivals and events due to the cultural heritage of Yesilcam.

Filmekimi is Istanbul’s most important Film Festival, which has been going on since 2002. According to official records, every year it has an average of 99% occupancy rate, holding a record difficult to break. If you wish to get into one of these movies then you sure must be quick. The lists of the films are announced from before and the tickets are on sale every 1st of October. However, all the tickets have been sold out in just 44 minutes since 2002. This is an important indication stating Istanbul is claiming its cinematic culture.

Below you can find the 4 movies that you should not miss this year.

1- The Birth Of A Nation


In the 1915 movie with the same title, The Birth Of A Nation was a movie all about America being a nation which belongs to white people and complimenting the Ku Klux Klan organisation.

Exactly a 100 years after this movie, Nate Parker directs the movie with the same name but a totally different perspective.

2- Voyage Of Time: Lifes’s Journey


For a movie to be good sometimes it is enough to see one name. In this movie knowing Terrence Malick is directing and Ennio Morricone is producing the music can be enough for cinema addicts.

For this experimental documentary film belonging to the universe, Malick states that the movie is a product of a 40-year study.

 3- DOGS


Made in Romania, this film will give you the feeling of a 2016 model Western.

Directed by the famous Bogdan Miric the movie shows the dirty work of the mafia who are today’s cowboys in the plains.

4- Arrival


Arrival is a 2016 American science fiction drama film directed by Denis Villeneuve. The story is based on a linguist who is recruited by the military to assist in translating alien communications.