My !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival Selections

The list includes the films I watched in !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival organized by AFM Cinemas every February. It starts with the films from the first !f I attended, the 5th !f Istanbul in 2006 and will be updated yearly. For more information on !f visit http://ifistanbul.com/en/
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1.
Rent (2005)
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This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America. (135 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ 5th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Express Yourself
Date: 16 Feb 2006
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
2.
Transamerica (2005)
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A pre-operative male-to-female transgender takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York. (103 mins.)
Director: Duncan Tucker
“ 5th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2006
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
3.
The Squid and the Whale (2005)
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Follows two young boys dealing with their parents' divorce in Brooklyn in the 1980s. (81 mins.)
Director: Noah Baumbach
“ 5th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 19 Feb 2006
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
4.
Junebug (2005)
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A dealer in "outsider" art travels from Chicago to North Carolina to meet her new in-laws, challenging the equilibrium of this middle class Southern home. (106 mins.)
Director: Phil Morrison
“ 5th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 25 Feb 2006
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
5.
The Lives of Others (2006)
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In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives. (137 mins.)
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 15 Feb 2007
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
6.
Death of a President (2006)
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Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime. (97 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Range
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2007
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
7.
10 Items or Less (2006)
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An actor (Freeman) prepping for an upcoming role meets a quirky grocery clerk (Vega), and the pair hit the road to show one another their respective worlds. (82 mins.)
Director: Brad Silberling
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 18 Feb 2007
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
8.
Half Nelson (2006)
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An inner-city junior high school teacher with a drug habit forms an unlikely friendship with one of his students after she discovers his secret. (106 mins.)
Director: Ryan Fleck
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 18 Feb 2007
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
9.
Sherrybaby (2006)
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Sherry tries to integrate again into society and become a good mother. (96 mins.)
Director: Laurie Collyer
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 24 Feb 2007
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
10.
One to Another (2006)
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Chacun Sa Nuit explores the carnal interdependencies among a host of characters who live in a town in provincial France... (95 mins.)
“ 6th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: "I is an other"
Date: 25 Feb 2007
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
11.
Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
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A delusional young man strikes up an unconventional relationship with a doll he finds on the Internet. (106 mins.)
Director: Craig Gillespie
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2008
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
12.
Drama/Mex (2006)
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Two interlaced stories unfold over the course of the same long, hot day in the once lush and now decadent resort town of Acapulco... (93 mins.)
Director: Gerardo Naranjo
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Mexican Wave
Date: 22 Feb 2008
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
13.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
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Violence and mayhem ensue after a hunter stumbles upon a drug deal gone wrong and more than two million dollars in cash near the Rio Grande. (122 mins.)
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 22 Feb 2008
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
14.
Pardonnez-moi (2006)
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Expectant wife who opens a nasty barrel of worms by filming a documentary about her dysfunctional family. (88 mins.)
Director: Maïwenn
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 23 Feb 2008
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
15.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)
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A contemporary adaptation of Oscar Wilde classic tale of vanity.
Director: Duncan Roy
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 23 Feb 2008
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
16.
Déficit (2007)
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Two different social classes get together at a family gathering in Mexico. Based on the TV project "Ruta 32". (79 mins.)
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Mexican Wave
Date: 24 Feb 2008
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
17.
Once (2007)
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A modern-day musical about a busker and an immigrant and their eventful week in Dublin, as they write, rehearse and record songs that tell their love story. (85 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ 7th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 24 Feb 2008
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
18.
Involuntary (2008)
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In several unrelated stories, the consequences of putting ones foot down - or failing to do so - are explored. (98 mins.)
Director: Ruben Östlund
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Northern Lights
Date: 13 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
19.
The Man Who Loved Yngve (2008)
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A teenage boy loses his footing when he finds himself drawn to the new boy in class. (90 mins.)
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Northern Lights
Date: 13 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
20.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008)
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High school student Nick O'Leary, member of the Queercore band The Jerk Offs, meets college-bound Norah Silverberg when she asks him to be her boyfriend for five minutes. (90 mins.)
Director: Peter Sollett
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 14 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
21.
The Pleasure of Being Robbed (2008)
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A curious and lost Eleonore looks for something everywhere, even in the bags of strangers who find themselves sadly smiling only well after she's left their lives. They owe her their thanks. (71 mins.)
Director: Joshua Safdie
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Minimum is Maximum: New Wave America
Date: 13 Feb 2009
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
22.
Synecdoche, New York (2008)
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A theatre director struggles with his work, and the women in his life, as he creates a life-size replica of New York City inside a warehouse as part of his new play. (124 mins.)
Director: Charlie Kaufman
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 20 Feb 2009
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
23.
Afterschool (2008)
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An Internet-addicted prep-school student captures on video camera the drug overdose of two girls. (107 mins.)
Director: Antonio Campos
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 21 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
24.
Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A Mumbai teen reflects on his upbringing in the slums when he is accused of cheating on the Indian Version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" (120 mins.)
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 21 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
25.
The Wackness (2008)
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It's the summer of 1994, and the streets of New York are pulsing with hip-hop. Set against this backdrop, a lonely teenager named Luke Shapiro spends his last summer before university selling marijuana throughout New York City, trading it with his unorthodox psychotherapist for treatment, while having a crush on his stepdaughter. (99 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 22 Feb 2009
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
26.
Wendy and Lucy (2008)
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Over the summer, a series of unfortunate happening triggers a financial crisis for a young woman and she soon finds her life falling apart. (80 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 22 Feb 2009
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
27.
The Burning Plain (2008)
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A drama with a two-tiered storyline concerning a mother and daughter who try to form a bond after the young woman's difficult childhood. (107 mins.)
“ 8th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 26 Feb 2009
Venue: Emek Sineması
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
28.
An Education (2009)
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A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age. (100 mins.)
Director: Lone Scherfig
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 11 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
29.
To Each Her Own (2008)
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Jess meets Casey, a very openly gay woman and quickly the girls form a strong romantic bond which forces Jess to come to terms with her true sexuality; risking her family and hurting her best friend/husband. (102 mins.)
Director: Heather Tobin
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 12 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
30.
Greek Pete (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
A year in the life of a London rent-boy. (75 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 13 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
31.
Precious (2009)
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In New York City's Harlem circa 1987, an overweight, abused, illiterate teen who is pregnant with her second child is invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life can head in a new direction. (110 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 13 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
32.
Samson & Delilah (2009)
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Samson and Delilah's world is small- an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy... (100 mins.)
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 15 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
33.
Food, Inc. (2008 Documentary)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Kenner
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Fix the World
Date: 15 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
34.
Cold Souls (2009)
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Paul is an actor who feels bogged down by his participation in a production of Chekov's play, Vanya. (101 mins.)
Director: Sophie Barthes
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 16 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
35.
Away We Go (2009)
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A couple who is expecting their first child travel around the U.S. in order to find a perfect place to start their family. Along the way, they have misadventures and find fresh connections with an assortment of relatives and old friends who just might help them discover "home" on their own terms for the first time. (98 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
36.
It's Not Me, I Swear! (2008)
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Léon is ten years old, has lots of problems and an overly fertile imagination. Of course, there is mom and dad who are always fighting... (110 mins.)
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 18 Feb 2010
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
37.
Brotherhood (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Former Danish servicemen Lars and Jimmy are thrown together while training in a neo-Nazi group. Moving from hostility through to friendship and finally passion, events take a darker turn when it's discovered. (97 mins.)
Director: Nicolo Donato
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 19 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
38.
The Good Heart (2009)
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A cantankerous but ailing bartender takes a kindly young homeless man in under his wing. (99 mins.)
Director: Dagur Kári
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 19 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
39.
A Prophet (2009)
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A young Arab man is sent to a French prison. (155 mins.)
Director: Jacques Audiard
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 19 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
40.
The Maid (2009)
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A drama centered on a maid trying to hold on to her position after having served a family for 23 years. (95 mins.)
“ 9th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 20 Feb 2010
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
41.
Black Swan (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity. (108 mins.)
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 10/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
42.
Griff the Invisible (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Griff, office worker by day, superhero by night, has his world turned upside down when he meets Melody, a beautiful young scientist who shares his passion for the impossible. (90 mins.)
Director: Leon Ford
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Generation Y
Date: 19 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
43.
Animal Kingdom (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A seventeen year-old navigates his survival amongst an explosive criminal family and the detective who thinks he can save him. (113 mins.)
Director: David Michôd
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 19 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
44.
Nuummioq (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A love-struck man discovers he has an incurable illness shortly after meeting the woman of his dreams. (95 mins.)
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 20 Feb 2011
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
45.
Winter's Bone (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact. (100 mins.)
Director: Debra Granik
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 21 Feb 2011
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
46.
Heartbeats (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The story of three close friends who are involved in a love-triangle. (101 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 22 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
47.
3 (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A Berlin-set drama centered on a 40-something couple who, separately, fall in love with the same man. (119 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 24 Feb 2011
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
48.
The Last Summer of La Boyita (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Young Jorgelina feels estranged from her boy-crazy older sister, who has entered adolescence and doesn't want to hang around with little kids anymore... (93 mins.)
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 26 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
49.
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
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Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their biological father into their non-traditional family life. (106 mins.)
Director: Lisa Cholodenko
“ 10th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 27 Feb 2011
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
50.
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front (2011 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A rare behind-the-curtain look at the Earth Liberation Front, the radical environmental group that the FBI calls America's 'number one domestic terrorist threat.' (85 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
51.
The Descendants (2011)
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A land baron tries to reconnect with his two daughters after his wife is seriously injured in a boating accident. (115 mins.)
Director: Alexander Payne
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 17 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
52.
Innocent Saturday (2011)
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A group of friends and bandmates look to escape from the Chernobyl disaster. (99 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 18 Feb 2012
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
53.
Circumstance (2011)
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A wealthy Iranian family struggles to contain a teenager's growing sexual rebellion and her brother's dangerous obsession. (107 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 18 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
54.
Weekend (2011)
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After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what's expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special. (97 mins.)
Director: Andrew Haigh
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 19 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 9/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
55.
Project Nim (2011 Documentary)
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Tells the story of a chimpanzee taken from its mother at birth and raised like a human child by a family in a brownstone on the upper West Side in the 1970s. (93 mins.)
Director: James Marsh
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 19 Feb 2012
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
56.
Goodbye First Love (2011)
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A chronicle of the romance between Camille and Sullivan, which begins during their adolescence and picks up after Sullivan's 8-year absence from exploring the world. (110 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 21 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
57.
50/50 (2011)
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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease. (100 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Levine
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 22 Feb 2012
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
58.
Volcano (2011)
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Hannes is an old man who has grown apart from his children. Recently retired when his wife gets ill he tries to reconcile with them and to atone for his cold demeanor in the past. (99 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 23 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
59.
Nana (2011)
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Nana is 4 years old and lives in a stone house beyond the forest. Back from school, a late afternoon, all she finds is silence in the house. A journey into the darkness of her childhood. The world from her height. (68 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 25 Feb 2012
Venue: İstinye Park
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
60.
Back to Stay (2011)
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Portrait of everyday life of Marina, Sofia and Violeta, three sisters living in Buenos Aires his grandmother's house, the woman who raised her, after she has died. (99 mins.)
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 25 Feb 2012
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
61.
The Monitor (2011)
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After a baby monitor picks up another channel, Anna begins reliving the nightmare she'd recently escaped. (96 mins.)
Director: Pål Sletaune
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Insomnia
Date: 25 Feb 2012
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
62.
Keep the Lights On (2012)
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In Manhattan, film-maker Erik bonds with closeted lawyer Paul after a fling. As their relationship becomes one fueled by highs, lows, and dysfunctional patterns, Erik struggles to negotiate his own boundaries while being true to himself. (101 mins.)
Director: Ira Sachs
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 26 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
63.
Off Beat (2011)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Jan Gassmann
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 26 Feb 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
64.
Take Shelter (2011)
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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. (121 mins.)
Director: Jeff Nichols
“ 11th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Hit Films
Date: 01 Mar 2012
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
65.
Room 237 (2012 Documentary)
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An exploration of various interpretations of Stanley Kubrick's horror film, The Shining. (102 mins.)
Director: Rodney Ascher
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 14 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
66.
War Witch (2012)
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Somewhere in Sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a 14-year-old girl, tells her unborn child growing inside her the story of her life since she has been at war. Everything started when she was abducted by the rebel army at the age of 12. (90 mins.)
Director: Kim Nguyen
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 14 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
67.
Museum Hours (2012)
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When a Vienna museum guard befriends an enigmatic visitor, the grand Kunsthistorisches Art Museum becomes a mysterious crossroads that sparks explorations of their lives, the city, and the ways in which works of art reflect and shape the world. (107 mins.)
Director: Jem Cohen
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 15 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
68.
Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portrait of James Dean (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
An intimate and dreamlike portrait of icon James Dean on the cusp of achieving fame. (93 mins.)
Director: Matthew Mishory
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow Films
Date: 15 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
69.
Holy Motors (2012)
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From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the shadowy life of a mystic man named Monsieur Oscar. (115 mins.)
Director: Leos Carax
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 15 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
70.
The Wild Ones (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Five teenagers violently escape a reformatory school in an Argentinean province. They must journey a hundred kilometers on foot... (130 mins.)
Director: Alejandro Fadel
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 16 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 2/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
71.
Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel. (86 mins.)
Director: Colin Trevorrow
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 16 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
72.
Berberian Sound Studio (2012)
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A sound engineer's work for an Italian horror studio becomes a terrifying case of life imitating art. (92 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 16 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
73.
Antiviral (2012)
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In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery. (108 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 17 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
74.
The Imposter (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A documentary centered on a young man in Spain who claims to a grieving Texas family that he is their 16-year-old son who has been missing for 3 years. (99 mins.)
Director: Bart Layton
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 17 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
75.
Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)
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A divorcing couple tries to maintain their friendship while they both pursue other people. (92 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 17 Feb 2013
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
76.
Vanishing Waves (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A neuron-transfer scientist experiments with the thoughts of a comatose young woman. (124 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 18 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
77.
On the Road (2012)
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Young writer Sal Paradise has his life shaken by the arrival of free-spirited Dean Moriarty and his girl, Marylou. As they travel across the country, they encounter a mix of people who each impact their journey indelibly. (124 mins.)
Director: Walter Salles
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 18 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
78.
Bernie (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In small-town Texas, an affable mortician strikes up a friendship with a wealthy widow, though when she starts to become controlling, he goes to great lengths to separate himself from her grasp. (99 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 19 Feb 2013
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
79.
Spring Breakers (2012)
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Four college girls hold up a restaurant in order to fund their spring break vacation. While partying, drinking, and taking drugs, they are arrested, only to be bailed out by a drug and arms dealer. (94 mins.)
Director: Harmony Korine
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 19 Feb 2013
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
80.
Zerre (2012)
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In a city full of unemployment, people, their troubles and lives, are they as mundane, haphazard and tiny as myriadly dispersed particles... (80 mins.)
Director: Erdem Tepegoz
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 20 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
81.
Iron Sky (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The Nazis set up a secret base on the dark side of the moon in 1945 where they hide out and plan to return to power in 2018. (93 mins.)
Director: Timo Vuorensola
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Dark & Edgy
Date: 21 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
82.
Reality (2012)
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Luciano is a charming fishmonger whose unexpected and sudden obsession with being a contestant on a reality show leads him down a rabbit hole of skewed perceptions and paranoia. (116 mins.)
Director: Matteo Garrone
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 21 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
83.
Halley (2012)
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Alberto forms an unusual friendship with Luly, the manager of the 24-hour gym where he works as a night guard. (84 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: !f Inspired
Date: 22 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 3/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
84.
Nobody Walks (2012)
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A Silver Lake family's relaxed dynamic is tested after they take in a young artist so she can complete her art film. (83 mins.)
Director: Ry Russo-Young
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Sundance: A Case Study
Date: 22 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
85.
Laurence Anyways (2012)
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A drama that charts ten years in the relationship of a male-to-female transsexual's relationship with her lover. (168 mins.)
Director: Xavier Dolan
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 23 Feb 2013
Venue: İstinye Park
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
86.
The Paperboy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A reporter returns to his Florida home-town to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. (107 mins.)
Director: Lee Daniels
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 23 Feb 2013
Venue: İstinye Park
My Rating: 6/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
87.
Seven Psychopaths (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A struggling screenwriter inadvertently becomes entangled in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap a gangster's beloved Shih Tzu. (110 mins.)
Director: Martin McDonagh
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Galas
Date: 24 Feb 2013
Venue: İstinye Park
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
88.
The Queen of Versailles (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles. During the next two years, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis. (100 mins.)
“ 12th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Love & Change
Date: 24 Feb 2013
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
89.
Shirley: Visions of Reality (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
13 of Edward Hopper's paintings are brought alive by the film, telling the story of a woman, whose thoughts... (92 mins.)
Director: Gustav Deutsch
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Art & Life
Date: 13 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 1/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
90.
Concussion (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
After a blow to the head, Abby decides she can't do it anymore. Her life just can't be only about the house, the kids and the wife. She needs more: she needs to be Eleanor. (96 mins.)
Director: Stacie Passon
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow
Date: 13 Feb 2014
Venue: İstinye Park
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
91.
El vals de los inútiles (2013)
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(80 mins.)
Director: Edison Cájas
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Love & Change
Date: 14 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
92.
Cutie and the Boxer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This candid New York love story explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of famed boxing painter Ushio Shinohara and his wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own. (82 mins.)
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Art & Life
Date: 15 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
93.
Swim Little Fish Swim (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a bubbly young artist moves into a couple's tiny Chinatown apartment, their already fragile balance is upset even further. (95 mins.)
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 15 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 5/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
94.
Test (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
In 1985, a gay dance understudy hopes for his on-stage chance while fearing the growing AIDS epidemic. (89 mins.)
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Rainbow
Date: 16 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
95.
The Dirties (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking. (83 mins.)
Director: Matt Johnson
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Play
Date: 16 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
96.
The Spectacular Now (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A hard-partying high school senior's philosophy on life changes when he meets the not-so-typical "nice girl." (95 mins.)
Director: James Ponsoldt
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Digiturk Galas
Date: 16 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 4/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
97.
Tim's Vermeer (2013 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Inventor Tim Jenison seeks to understand the painting techniques used by Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer. (80 mins.)
Director: Teller
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Art & Life
Date: 17 Feb 2014
Venue: Beyoğlu Fitaş
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
98.
Dom Hemingway (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Digiturk Galas
Date: 17 Feb 2014
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
99.
Short Term 12 (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A 20-something supervising staff member of a residential treatment facility navigates the troubled waters of that world alongside her co-worker and longtime boyfriend. (96 mins.)
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Digiturk Galas
Date: 17 Feb 2014
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 7/10 ” - thebalkabaa
 
100.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ 13th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
Section: Digiturk Galas
Date: 19 Feb 2014
Venue: Caddebostan Kültür Merkezi
My Rating: 8/10 ” - thebalkabaa