The Istanbul Film Festival will kick off its 33rd edition over the weekend, presenting more than 200 films in 20 sections in a 15-day marathon, while cinephiles will be able to follow the official program of the annual cinematic event via a mobile application for the first time.
“Philomena,” British director Stephan Frear's 2013 drama starring Judi Dench, will open the festival following a gala ceremony at the Zorlu Center Performing and Arts Center (PSM) on Friday.
The biggest cinematic event in Turkey, the festival will offer several novelties in its 2014 edition, which will run from April 5 to 20. Apart from the free mobile application on the festival program, the festival will present a 38-piece section devoted to the 100th year of Turkish cinema and another section celebrating the 600th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Turkey and Poland.
Among the festival highlights are Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier's latest film, “Nymphomaniac,” which was banned by the Turkish film rating commission in early March; “Walesa: Man Of Hope,” by Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who will receive the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award and Russian director Aleksei Guerman's entire body of work.
The festival's international competition, whose jury is headed by Asghar Farhadi, the Iranian director of the Oscar-winning film “A Separation,” features eleven titles vying for the Golden Tulip awards while the national contest has ten films. For further information, go to film.iksv.org.