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Istanbul Film Festival unveils 2015 lineup

13 March 2015 3:53 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Taking place April 4-19, the festival will feature over 200 films, including recent world premieres from Sundance and Berlin.

Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled the lineup to its upcoming edition, taking place from April 4-19.

This year will feature over 200 films from 62 countries, as well as free talks and workshops by film-makers and masterclasses. New sections at this year’s festival include a special focus on cinema of the Balkans and a focus on German animation.

The festival’s international competition includes the likes of Cédric Kahn’s Wild Life, Quentin Dupieux’s Reality, Francesco Munzi’s Black Souls and Thomas Vinterberg’s Far from the Madding Crowd, while the national competition will screen Ali Atay’s Lemonade, Selim Evci’s Secret and Mehmet Eryılmaz’s The Visitor, among others.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, Jc Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and Matthew WarchusPride are among this year’s Akbank Gala screenings »

- (Ian Sandwell)

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Gff 2015: Batin Ghobadi’s ‘Mardan’ is an elusive, guilt-ridden debut

24 February 2015 9:16 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written and directed by Batin Ghobadi

Iraq, 2014

Batin Ghobadi’s debut feature is an elusive crime drama that unfolds in the mountainous borderland of Iraqi Kurdistan. The younger brother of Bahman Ghobadi, best known for A Time for Drunken Horses, the writer-director was born in the region, albeit on the Iranian side of the border, and its troubled history resonates obliquely throughout the film. It is suggested that the region is engaged in a period of modernisation, through major construction projects and crackdowns on corruption, but its landscape remains rugged and primal, its men desolate and wracked with guilt.

The title character (Hossein Hasan) is a troubled police officer, suffering from a secret illness and haunted by a traumatic childhood memory. He is called on to investigate the sudden disappearance of a site worker, Morad (Feyyaz Duman) who was travelling home after completing a short-term contract, carrying his earnings with him. »

- Rob Dickie

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Irrfan Khan paired with Iranian Body Of Lies stunner Golshifteh Farahani

20 February 2015 2:18 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Irrfan Khan continues to do Indian cinema proud all over the world.

Just when he is covering himself with another round of high encomium for his performance in Anup Singh's Qissa, news comes that Irrfan is all set to do another international project to be directed by the very talented Qissa director Anup Kumar.

In the film, Irrfan Khan will be paired opposite the stunning Iranian beauty Golshifteh Farahani.

Apart from her mesmerizing looks, the rebellious actress is known for her presence in internationally celebrated movies including Dariush Mehrjui's Santouri (The Santoor Player), Bahman Ghobadi's Half Moon (winner of the Golden Shell at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival), and the late Rasool Mollagholipoor's M for Mother (Iran's nominee for the 2008 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category)

After posing nude for a French magazine Farahani was apparently banned from entering her home-land Iran.

Her coming »

- Subhash K. Jha

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