My Istanbul Film Festival Selections

The list includes the films I watched in Istanbul Film Festival organized by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) every April. It starts with the films from the first IFF I attended, the 25th Istanbul Film Festival in 2006 and will be updated yearly. For more information on Istanbul Film Festival visit http://film.iksv.org/en
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1.
Joyeux Noel (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life. (116 mins.)
“ 25th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Opening Film
Date: 01 Apr 2006
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
2.
Bab'Aziz - The Prince That Contemplated His Soul (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Bab'Aziz - The Prince Who Contemplated His Soul is the story of a blind dervish named Bab'Aziz and his spirited granddaughter... (96 mins.)
Director: Nacer Khemir
“ 25th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2006
Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
3.
Breakfast on Pluto (2005)
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In the 1970s, a young trans woman, Patrick "Kitten" Braden, comes of age by leaving her Irish town for London, in part to look for her mother and in part because her gender identity is beyond the town's understanding. (128 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ 25th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2006
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
4.
The King (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A troubled man, recently discharged from the Navy, goes to Corpus Christi, Texas, in search of the father he's never met. (105 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ 25th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 14 Apr 2006
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
5.
Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Laura Henderson buys an old London theater and opens it up as the Windmill, a performance hall which goes down in history for, among other things, its all-nude revues. (103 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 25th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Closing Film
Date: 16 Apr 2006
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
6.
Private Fears in Public Places (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn. (120 mins.)
Director: Alain Resnais
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 01 Apr 2007
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
7.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 04 Apr 2007
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 10/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
8.
Copying Beethoven (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fictionalized account of the last year of Beethoven's life. (104 mins.)
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 07 Apr 2007
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
9.
The History Boys (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An unruly class of gifted and charming teenage boys are taught by two eccentric and innovative teachers, as their headmaster pushes for them all to get accepted into Oxford or Cambridge. (109 mins.)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 08 Apr 2007
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
10.
Venus (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Life for a pair of veteran actors gets turned upside down after they meet a brash teenager. (95 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 08 Apr 2007
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
11.
Days of Glory (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination. (128 mins.)
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Human Rights in Cinema
Date: 12 Apr 2007
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
12.
The Fountain (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
As a modern-day scientist, Tommy is struggling with mortality, desperately searching for the medical breakthrough that will save the life of his cancer-stricken wife, Izzi. (96 mins.)
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 14 Apr 2007
Venue: Sinepop Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
13.
Ten Canoes (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land... (90 mins.)
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 14 Apr 2007
Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
14.
After the Wedding (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A manager of an orphanage in India is sent to Copenhagen, Denmark, where he discovers a life-altering family secret. (120 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ 26th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 15 Apr 2007
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
15.
Elite Squad (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (115 mins.)
Director: José Padilha
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 05 Apr 2008
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
16.
King of California (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
An unstable dad who after getting out of a mental institution tries to convince his daughter that there's Spanish gold buried somewhere under suburbia. (93 mins.)
Director: Mike Cahill
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: American Independents
Date: 06 Apr 2008
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
17.
Katyn (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 08 Apr 2008
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
18.
The Savages (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 12 Apr 2008
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
19.
The Inner Life of Martin Frost (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster ("New York Trilogy", "The Book of Illusions", "Man in... (94 mins.)
Director: Paul Auster
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 12 Apr 2008
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
20.
Savage Grace (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A dramatization of the shocking Barbara Daly Baekeland murder case, which happened in a posh London flat on Friday 17 November 1972. The bloody crime caused a stir on both sides of the Atlantic and remains one of the most memorable American Tragedies... (97 mins.)
Director: Tom Kalin
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 12 Apr 2008
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
21.
Be Kind Rewind (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Two bumbling store clerks inadvertently erase the footage from all of the tapes in their video rental store. In order to keep the business running, they re-shoot every film in the store with their own camera, with a budget of zero dollars. (102 mins.)
Director: Michel Gondry
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 16 Apr 2008
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
22.
Grace Is Gone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip. (85 mins.)
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: American Independents
Date: 17 Apr 2008
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
23.
Ben X (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games. (93 mins.)
Director: Nic Balthazar
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 18 Apr 2008
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
24.
Margot at the Wedding (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Margot and her son Claude decide to visit her sister Pauline after she announces that she is marrying less-than-impressive Malcolm. In short order, the storm the sisters create leaves behind a mess of thrashed relationships and exposed family secrets. (93 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: American Independents
Date: 18 Apr 2008
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
25.
Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss. (118 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 20 Apr 2008
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
26.
Into the Wild (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
After graduating from Emory University, top student and athlete Christopher McCandless abandons his possessions, gives his entire $24,000 savings account to charity and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. Along the way, Christopher encounters a series of characters that shape his life. (148 mins.)
Director: Sean Penn
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 20 Apr 2008
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
27.
The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII. (115 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ 27th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 20 Apr 2008
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
28.
The Beautiful Person (2008 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sixteen-year old Junie changes high school mid-year, following the death of her mother. She finds herself in the same class as her cousin Mathias... (97 mins.)
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Let There Be Love
Date: 04 Apr 2009
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
29.
Everybody Dies But Me (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
One Monday morning Katya, Vika and Zhanna learn that there will be a school disco, their first disco... (80 mins.)
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 05 Apr 2009
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
30.
The Milk of Sorrow (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Fausta is suffering from a rare disease called the Milk of Sorrow, which is transmitted through the... (95 mins.)
Director: Claudia Llosa
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 05 Apr 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
31.
Brúðguminn (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jon, a middle-aged professor is going to get married tomorrow, for the second time, to one of his ex-students half his age... (96 mins.)
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 05 Apr 2009
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
32.
Everlasting Moments (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life. (131 mins.)
Director: Jan Troell
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 09 Apr 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
33.
Control Alt Delete (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A moody romantic comedy exploring fetishism, addiction and love in the information age. (93 mins.)
Director: Cameron Labine
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 09 Apr 2009
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
34.
Mammoth (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
While on a trip to Thailand, a successful American businessman tries to radically change his life. Back in New York, his wife and daughter find their relationship with their live-in Filipino maid changing around them. At the same time, in the Philippines, the maid's family struggles to deal with her absence. (125 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 10 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
35.
Unmade Beds (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The quirky story of Vera and Axl who both live in the same London warehouse but whose paths never cross until fate steps in. (97 mins.)
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 10 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
36.
Eldorado (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents. (80 mins.)
Director: Bouli Lanners
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 11 Apr 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
37.
Summer (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
While caring for a dying friend, a man reflects back on their youth together. (83 mins.)
Director: Kenny Glenaan
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 11 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
38.
Flame and Citron (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drama centered on two fighters in the Holger Danske World War II resistance group. (130 mins.)
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 12 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
39.
Adoration (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
For his French-class assignment, a high school student weaves his family history in a news story involving terrorism, and goes on to invite an Internet audience in on the resulting controversy. (101 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 16 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
40.
Revanche (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable. (121 mins.)
Director: Götz Spielmann
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 17 Apr 2009
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
41.
Last Stop 174 (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chronicle of a real-life bus hijacking in Rio de Janeiro that occurred on June 12, 2000. (110 mins.)
Director: Bruno Barreto
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Human Rights in Cinema
Date: 17 Apr 2009
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
42.
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister. (91 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
“ 28th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 18 Apr 2009
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
43.
The Concert (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Thirty years ago, Andrei Simoniovich Filipov, the renowned conductor of the Bolshoi orchestra, was fired for hiring Jewish musicians... (119 mins.)
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Opening Film
Date: 03 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
44.
The World is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of Alex, who, with the help of his charismatic grandfather, Bai Dan, embarks on a journey in search of his real self. (105 mins.)
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 06 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
45.
Me and Orson Welles (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1937, a teenager is cast in the Mercury Theatre production of "Julius Caesar", directed by a young Orson Welles. (114 mins.)
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 06 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
46.
The Dancer and the Thief (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
With the advent of democracy in Chile, a general amnesty for prisoners of non violent crime is enacted... (127 mins.)
Director: Fernando Trueba
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 07 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
47.
Chloe (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A doctor hires an escort to seduce her husband, whom she suspects of cheating, though unforeseen events put the marriage in danger. (96 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 07 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
48.
Whip It (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In Bodeen, Texas, an indie-rock loving misfit finds a way of dealing with her small-town misery after she discovers a roller derby league in nearby Austin. (111 mins.)
Director: Drew Barrymore
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Antidepressant
Date: 08 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
49.
Lebanon (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
During the First Lebanon War in 1982, a lone tank and a paratroopers platoon are dispatched to search a hostile town. (93 mins.)
Director: Samuel Maoz
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 08 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
50.
Fish Tank (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Everything changes for 15-year-old Mia when her mum brings home a new boyfriend. (123 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
51.
Perrier's Bounty (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A gangster named Perrier looks to exact his revenge on a trio of fugitives responsible for the accidental death of one of his cronies. (88 mins.)
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World of Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
52.
Greenberg (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A man from Los Angeles, who moved to New York years ago, returns to L.A. to figure out his life while he house-sits for his brother. He soon sparks with his brother's assistant. (107 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 10 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
53.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A journalist is aided in his search for a woman who has been missing -- or dead -- for forty years by a young female hacker. (152 mins.)
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Midnight Madness with LG
Date: 10 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
54.
The Last Station (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A historical drama that illustrates Russian author Leo Tolstoy's struggle to balance fame and wealth with his commitment to a life devoid of material things. (112 mins.)
Director: Michael Hoffman
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 13 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
55.
All That I Love (2009)
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Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country... (95 mins.)
Director: Jacek Borcuch
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 14 Apr 2010
Venue: Yeni Rüya Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
56.
I Killed My Mother (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A semi-autobiographical story about Hubert as a young homosexual at odds with his mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 14 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 10/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
57.
Kosmos (2009)
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A strange man with otherworldly talents becomes both a friend and a pariah in a small Turkish town in this drama from writer and director Reha Erdem... (122 mins.)
Director: Reha Erdem
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: National Competition
Date: 15 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
58.
Bes Sehir (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Five characters, trying to struggle for life, who are far from each other mentally, are connected with coincidences or desires... (95 mins.)
Director: Onur Ünlü
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: National Competition
Date: 16 Apr 2010
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
59.
If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two weeks before his release, a teenage prisoner learns that his mother has returned home. Meanwhile, he finds himself in love with a student working in the penitentiary as an intern. (94 mins.)
Director: Florin Serban
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 16 Apr 2010
Venue: Sinepop Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
60.
Cell 211 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The story of two men on different sides of a prison riot -- the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who poses as a prisoner in a desperate attempt to survive the ordeal. (113 mins.)
Director: Daniel Monzón
“ 29th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Human Rights in Cinema Competition
Date: 17 Apr 2010
Venue: Nişantaşı City's ” - thebalkabaa
 
61.
Copacabana (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Boldly unconventional and cheerful, that's how one could describe Babou. Never having cared about social conventions... (107 mins.)
Director: Marc Fitoussi
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Opening Film and From the World Festivals
Date: 01 Apr 2011
Venue: Lütfi Kırdar Kongre ve Sergi Sarayı
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
62.
Home for Christmas (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The film looks at those who are desperately trying to connect or reconnect with their families, friends, or anyone who will listen. (90 mins.)
Director: Bent Hamer
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 03 Apr 2011
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
63.
Little White Lies (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A near-fatal accident leaves one friend in the hospital while the rest go on their annual vacation. But their secrets and personal grief threaten to drive them apart. (154 mins.)
Director: Guillaume Canet
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 04 Apr 2011
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
64.
The Clink of Ice (2010)
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An alcoholic writer is visited by an incarnation of his cancer. (87 mins.)
Director: Bertrand Blier
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 05 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
65.
Another Year (2010)
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A look at four seasons in the lives of a happily married couple and their relationships with their family and friends. (129 mins.)
Director: Mike Leigh
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 07 Apr 2011
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
66.
Good Neighbors (2010)
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Victor is new to Montreal and attempts to make friends with the wheelchair-bound Spencer and the cat-loving Louise, but everybody is on edge with a serial killer terrorizing the neighborhood. (99 mins.)
Director: Jacob Tierney
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World Festivals
Date: 08 Apr 2011
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
67.
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
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A West Texas deputy sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer. (109 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 08 Apr 2011
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
68.
Mamma Gógó (2010)
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A film director's personal journey experiencing his mother's disappearance into the Alzheimer disease, a film with essential Fridriksson's ingredients, humour, compassion and strong visual style. (90 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2011
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
69.
La nostra vita (2010)
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Claudio, a construction worker, works on a site in the suburbs of Rome. He is madly in love with his wife who is pregnant with their third child... (98 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World Festivals
Date: 09 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
70.
Picco (2010)
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Kevin is new in youth prison. Due to over-occupancy he has to share a cell with Tommy, Andy and Marc... (105 mins.)
Director: Philip Koch
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 10 Apr 2011
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
71.
Never Let Me Go (2010)
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The lives of three friends, from their early school days into young adulthood, when the reality of the world they live in comes knocking. (103 mins.)
Director: Mark Romanek
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 10 Apr 2011
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
72.
Rabbit Hole (2010)
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Life for a happy couple is turned upside down after their young son dies in an accident. (91 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 11 Apr 2011
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
73.
Neds (2010)
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Encompassed by violent street gangs, neglectful parents, bullying teachers and a dearth of positive role models, a studious but emotionally abandoned kid turns thug. (124 mins.)
Director: Peter Mullan
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: From the World Festivals
Date: 12 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
74.
Our Grand Despair (2011)
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The peaceful cohabitation of two 30-something bachelors is disrupted when they both fall in love with the charming young woman who moves in with them. (102 mins.)
Director: Seyfi Teoman
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition and National Competition
Date: 14 Apr 2011
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
75.
Even the Rain (2010)
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As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply. (103 mins.)
Director: Icíar Bollaín
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Human Rights in Cinema Competition
Date: 15 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
76.
Incendies (2010)
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Twins journey to the Middle East to discover their family history, and fulfill their mother's last wishes. (131 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 15 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
77.
Tamara Drewe (2010)
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A young newspaper writer returns to her hometown in the English countryside, where her childhood home is being prepped for sale. (107 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 16 Apr 2011
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
78.
Potiche (2010)
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When her husband is taken hostage by his striking employees, a trophy wife (Deneuve) takes the reins... (103 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 16 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
79.
In a Better World (2010)
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The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship comes into bud. But loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. (119 mins.)
Director: Susanne Bier
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 17 Apr 2011
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 10/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
80.
Man at Bath (2010)
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Between Gennevilliers and New York, Omar and Emmanuel go to great lengths to prove to each other they're no longer in love. (72 mins.)
“ 30th Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Mined Zone
Date: 17 Apr 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
81.
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
The wife of a British Judge is caught in a self-destructive love affair with a Royal Air Force pilot. (98 mins.)
Director: Terence Davies
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Opening Film and Challenging the Years
Date: 30th Mar 2012
Venue: Lütfi Kırdar Kongre ve Sergi Sarayı
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
82.
Mike (2011)
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(86 mins.)
Director: Lars Blumers
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 31st Mar 2012
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
83.
Superclásico (2011)
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Christian is a Copenhagen wine seller on the brink of bankruptcy. Equally unsuccessful in just about every other aspect of life... (99 mins.)
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Antidepressant
Date: 31st Mar 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
84.
Sisters & Brothers (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
Cory Monteith (TV's GLEE) leads this ensemble comedy about the love and dysfunction shared among four sets of siblings. (90 mins.)
Director: Carl Bessai
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Within the Family
Date: 1st Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
85.
In Darkness (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the German-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Challenging the Years
Date: 1st Apr 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
86.
Las Acacias (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Rubén is a lonely truck driver who has been taking the motorway from Asunción, Paraguay to Buenos Aires... (82 mins.)
Director: Pablo Giorgelli
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 3rd Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
87.
Headhunters (2011)
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An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary. (100 mins.)
Director: Morten Tyldum
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 3rd Apr 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
88.
Beloved (2011)
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In London, a mother and daughter navigate their respective romances: Madeline rekindles an affair from thirty years earlier, while her daughter Vera is caught between a musician who cannot commit and her ex, who still pines for her. (133 mins.)
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: İKSV 40th Year: "Film and Music"
Date: 6th Apr 2012
Venue: Rexx Sineması
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
89.
Damsels in Distress (2011)
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A trio of girls set out to change the male-dominated environment of the Seven Oaks college campus, and to rescue their fellow students from depression, grunge and low standards of every kind. (99 mins.)
Director: Whit Stillman
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Antidepressant
Date: 7th Apr 2012
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
90.
Breathing (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed. (94 mins.)
Director: Karl Markovics
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Young Masters
Date: 7th Apr 2012
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
91.
Alps (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A group of people start a business where they impersonate the recently deceased in order to help their clients through the grieving process. (93 mins.)
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: What's Happening in Greece?
Date: 7th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
92.
Death of a Superhero (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality. (97 mins.)
Director: Ian Fitzgibbon
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 8th Apr 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
93.
2 Days in New York (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Manhattan couple Marion and Mingus, who each have children from prior relationships, find their comfortable family dynamic jostled by a visit from Marion's relatives. (96 mins.)
Director: Julie Delpy
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 8th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
94.
Starbuck (2011)
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As his lover announces her pregnancy, a fortysomething slacker receives other life-changing news: 142 people, all of them the result of artificial insemination, have filed a class action lawsuit against him, their biological father. (109 mins.)
Director: Ken Scott
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Antidepressant
Date: 8th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
95.
Wuthering Heights (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A poor boy of unknown origins is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy. (129 mins.)
Director: Andrea Arnold
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 9th Apr 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
96.
Albert Nobbs (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Albert Nobbs struggles to survive in late 19th-century Ireland, where women aren't encouraged to be independent. Posing as a man so she can work as a butler in Dublin's most elegant hotel, Albert meets a handsome painter and looks to escape the lie she has been living. (113 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo García
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 10th Apr 2012
Venue: Nişantaşı City's
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
97.
Terraferma (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Sicilian family deals with the arrival of a group of immigrants on their island. (88 mins.)
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Human Rights in Cinema Competition
Date: 11th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
98.
The Loneliest Planet (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
An engaged couple's backpacking trip in the Caucasus Mountains is derailed by a single misstep that threatens to undo everything the pair believed about each other and about themselves. (113 mins.)
Director: Julia Loktev
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 11th Apr 2012
Venue: Atlas Sineması
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
99.
Oslo, August 31st (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
One day in the life of Anders, a young recovering drug addict, who takes a brief leave from his treatment center to interview for a job and catch up with old friends in Oslo. (95 mins.)
Director: Joachim Trier
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: International Competition
Date: 14th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
100.
Polisse (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A journalist covering police assigned to a juvenile division enters an affair with one of her subjects. (127 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
“ 31st Istanbul Film Festival
Section: Akbank Galas
Date: 14th Apr 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa