Held annually by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the festival will mark its 29th edition on April 3-18 in seven theaters across İstanbul. This year’s festival will offer more than 200 films from around the world in 23 categories. The festival will open with a gala on the evening of April 2 at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center.
Xavier Dolan’s debut feature, “I Killed My Mother,” about a gay high school student who dreams of becoming a painter and struggles between feelings of love and hatred toward his mother, and Joann Sfar’s debut, “Gainsbourg (Vie heroique), ” about the life of famous French singer Serge Gainsbourg, are also among the 11 titles in the international competition. Rounding out the international category are “All that I Love” by Jacek Borcuch, “Mademoiselle Chambon” by Stephane Brizé, “Undertow” by Javier Fuentes-León, “V.O.S.” by Cesc Gay, “Phobidilia” by Yoav Paz and Doron Paz, “Nowhere Boy” by Sam Taylor Wood and “The Misfortunes” by Felix Van Groeningen.
The 11 films that will vie for the Golden Tulip in the national feature competition include “Bal” (Honey), Semih Kaplanoğlu’s recent Berlinale winning drama; “Min Dît/Ben Gördüm” (The Children of Diyarbakır), the much-debated Kurdish-language debut feature by Miraz Bezar; “Acı Aşk” (Love, Bitter), Taner Elhan’s romantic drama, which has irked feminists for its sexist point of view; and “Vavien,” directing brothers Yağmur and Durul Taylan’s critically acclaimed dark comedy.
Tickets for the festival will go on sale on March 20 at the Atlas and Yeni Rüya theaters in Beyoğlu, the Kadıköy Theater in Kadıköy and at Biletix sales points.