Director Alejandro Jodorowsky, one of the great visionaries of our times, will be in town next month as a guest of the upcoming !f İstanbul AFM International Independent Film Festival, the organizers of the event announced this week.
The Chilean filmmaker, who has influenced countless artists and directors, from John Lennon to David Lynch, will be in İstanbul for the first-ever Turkish theatrical screening of his 1989 cult film “Santa Sangre,” named among the 500 greatest movies of all time by Empire Magazine. A newly restored copy of the film will be shown on Feb. 20 as part of this year’s festival and Jodorowsky will be on hand for a Q&A session following the screening.
Jodorowsky, the acclaimed director of such cult classics as “El Topo” and “The Holy Mountain,” is also renowned for his spiritual writing and research. The director will also be giving a special talk open to the public on Feb. 22, the festival said in a written statement.
!f İstanbul, the eagerly anticipated annual showcase of indie and arthouse films in İstanbul, will mark its 10th year on Feb. 17-27 in its birthplace. A selection from the program will have a five-day run in early March in the Turkish capital, too. Festival tickets are being sold at www.mybilet.com. Early bird sales are Feb. 5-7 for İstanbul and Feb. 25-27 for Ankara. Ticket sales at box offices will start on Feb. 8 in İstanbul and on Feb. 28 in Ankara. For updates on the festival: www.ifistanbul.com.