My Filmekimi Film Week Selections

by thebalkabaa | created - 08 Mar 2012 | updated - 23 Jan 2015 | Public

The list includes the films I watched in Filmekimi Film Week organized by IKSV (Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts) every October. It starts with the films from the first Filmekimi I attended, the 5th Filmekimi Film Week in 2006 and will be updated yearly. For more information on Filmekimi Film Week visit http://filmekimi.iksv.org/

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1. The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Not Rated | 127 min | Drama, War

82 Metascore

Against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence, two brothers fight a guerrilla war against British forces.

Director: Ken Loach | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald

Votes: 43,216 | Gross: $1.83M

Filmekimi 2006 Date: 13 Oct 2006 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 4/10

2. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

R | 100 min | Animation, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

An undercover cop in a not-too-distant future becomes involved with a dangerous new drug and begins to lose his own identity as a result.

Director: Richard Linklater | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane

Votes: 102,164 | Gross: $5.50M

Filmekimi 2006 Date: 17 Oct 2006 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

Filmekimi 2006 Date: 19 Oct 2006 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 9/10

4. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (2007)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

97 Metascore

A woman assists her friend in arranging an illegal abortion in 1980s Romania.

Director: Cristian Mungiu | Stars: Anamaria Marinca, Laura Vasiliu, Vlad Ivanov, Alexandru Potocean

Votes: 52,985 | Gross: $1.19M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 19 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

5. My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)

R | 108 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

Two brothers come of age in a small Italian town in the '60s and '70s.

Director: Daniele Luchetti | Stars: Elio Germano, Riccardo Scamarcio, Angela Finocchiaro, Massimo Popolizio

Votes: 5,840 | Gross: $0.25M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 21 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 7/10

6. Bobby (I) (2006)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

54 Metascore

The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 40,272 | Gross: $11.24M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 21 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 6/10

7. Silk (2007)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance

39 Metascore

The story of a married silkworm merchant-turned-smuggler in 19th century France traveling to Japan for his town's supply of silkworms after a disease wipes out their African supply. During his stay in Japan, he becomes obsessed with the concubine of a local baron.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Michael Pitt, Keira Knightley, Kôji Yakusho, Sei Ashina

Votes: 10,576 | Gross: $1.10M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 22 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

8. Paranoid Park (2007)

R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

83 Metascore

A teenage skateboarder's life begins to fray after he is involved in the accidental death of a security guard.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Gabe Nevins, Daniel Liu, Taylor Momsen, Jake Miller

Votes: 27,977 | Gross: $0.49M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 22 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 9/10

9. Eastern Promises (2007)

R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A Russian teenager living in London who dies during childbirth leaves clues to a midwife in her journal that could tie her child to a rape involving a violent Russian mob family.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Naomi Watts, Viggo Mortensen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Josef Altin

Votes: 217,463 | Gross: $17.11M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 24 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 7/10

10. Across the Universe (2007)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

56 Metascore

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

Director: Julie Taymor | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Jim Sturgess, Joe Anderson, Dana Fuchs

Votes: 102,723 | Gross: $24.34M

Filmekimi 2007 Date: 25 Oct 2007 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

11. Happy-Go-Lucky (2008)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A look at a few chapters in the life of Poppy, a cheery, colorful, North London schoolteacher whose optimism tends to exasperate those around her.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Alexis Zegerman, Samuel Roukin, Elliot Cowan

Votes: 36,327 | Gross: $3.49M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 10 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

12. Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

70 Metascore

Two friends on a summer holiday in Spain become enamored with the same painter, unaware that his ex-wife, with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Javier Bardem, Christopher Evan Welch

Votes: 231,056 | Gross: $23.22M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 10 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

13. Frozen River (2008)

R | 97 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

A mom looks for another source of income, when her husband leaves with the money meant for the new mobile home. A nearby Indian territory stretches across the border to Canada with a drivable frozen river between. Smugling?

Director: Courtney Hunt | Stars: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, Michael O'Keefe

Votes: 23,872 | Gross: $2.51M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 11 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 7/10

14. When a Man Comes Home (2007)

100 min | Comedy

A small provincial town is buzzing with excitement: the town's most illustrious son, a world-famous opera singer, is coming home. Meanwhile, Sebastian, a kitchen boy who is as good as ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Oliver Møller-Knauer, Ronja Mannov Olesen, Helene Reingaard Neumann, Thomas Bo Larsen

Votes: 750

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 11 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 7/10

15. Blindness (2008)

R | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A city is ravaged by an epidemic of instant white blindness.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Gael García Bernal, Yûsuke Iseya

Votes: 66,870 | Gross: $3.07M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 12 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

16. A Summer in Genoa (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A man moves his two daughters to Italy after their mother dies in a car accident, in order to revitalize their lives. Genova changes all three of them as the youngest daughter starts to see the ghost of her mother, while the older one discovers her sexuality.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Colin Firth, Perla Haney-Jardine, Willa Holland, Catherine Keener

Votes: 6,016

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 13 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 6/10

17. The Class (2008)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Teacher and novelist François Bégaudeau plays a version of himself as he negotiates a year with his racially mixed students from a tough Parisian neighborhood.

Director: Laurent Cantet | Stars: François Bégaudeau, Agame Malembo-Emene, Angélica Sancio, Arthur Fogel

Votes: 32,674 | Gross: $3.77M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 13 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

18. Towelhead (2007)

R | 124 min | Drama

57 Metascore

A young Arab-American girl struggles with her sexual obsession, a bigoted Army reservist and her strict father during the Gulf War.

Director: Alan Ball | Stars: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi, Chris Messina

Votes: 11,129 | Gross: $0.37M

Filmekimi 2008 Date: 15 Oct 2008 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

19. Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

R | 127 min | Documentary, Crime, News

61 Metascore

An examination of the social costs of corporate interests pursuing profits at the expense of the public good.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, William Black, Jimmy Carter, Elijah Cummings

Votes: 39,967 | Gross: $14.36M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 18 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

20. Chéri (2009)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

The son of a courtesan retreats into a fantasy world after being forced to end his relationship with the older woman who educated him in the ways of love.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Michelle Pfeiffer, Rupert Friend, Kathy Bates, Frances Tomelty

Votes: 10,155 | Gross: $2.71M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 19 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 6/10

21. Humpday (2009)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

Two guys take their bromance to another level when they participate in an art film project.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Mark Duplass, Joshua Leonard, Alycia Delmore, Lynn Shelton

Votes: 5,207 | Gross: $0.41M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 21 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

22. London River (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

Two strangers come to discover the fate of their respective children in the 2005 terrorist attacks on London.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Brenda Blethyn, Sotigui Kouyaté, Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem

Votes: 3,459 | Gross: $0.00M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 21 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 6/10

23. Whatever Works (2009)

PG-13 | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

45 Metascore

A middle-aged, misanthropic divorcée from New York City surprisingly enters a fulfilling, Pygmalion-type relationship with a much younger, unsophisticated Southern girl.

Director: Woody Allen | Stars: Evan Rachel Wood, Larry David, Henry Cavill, Adam Brooks

Votes: 67,913 | Gross: $5.31M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 21 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 8/10

24. The Informant! (2009)

R | 108 min | Biography, Comedy, Crime

66 Metascore

The U.S. government decides to go after an agro-business giant with a price-fixing accusation, based on the evidence submitted by their star witness, vice president-turned-informant Mark Whitacre.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Matt Damon, Tony Hale, Patton Oswalt, Lucas McHugh Carroll

Votes: 60,940 | Gross: $33.31M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 22 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

25. 9 (I) (2009)

PG-13 | 79 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

60 Metascore

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity's salvation.

Director: Shane Acker | Stars: Elijah Wood, Jennifer Connelly, Crispin Glover, Christopher Plummer

Votes: 127,573 | Gross: $31.74M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 23 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 5/10

26. Moon (2009)

R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

67 Metascore

Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.

Director: Duncan Jones | Stars: Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw

Votes: 317,481 | Gross: $5.01M

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 25 Oct 2009 Venue: Maçka Gmall My Rating: 8/10

27. Tales from the Golden Age (2009)

Not Rated | 155 min | Comedy, History

68 Metascore

Several urban legends of Communist Romania are dramatized.

Directors: Hanno Höfer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru | Stars: Diana Cavallioti, Radu Iacoban, Vlad Ivanov, Tania Popa

Votes: 4,654

Filmekimi 2009 Date: 25 Oct 2009 Venue: Emek Sineması My Rating: 4/10

28. Somewhere (2010)

R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama

67 Metascore

After withdrawing to the Chateau Marmont, a passionless Hollywood actor reexamines his life when his eleven-year-old daughter surprises him with a visit.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Stephen Dorff, Elle Fanning, Chris Pontius, Erin Wasson

Votes: 40,742 | Gross: $1.77M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 08 Oct 2010 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 9/10

29. The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009)

R | 129 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

66 Metascore

As computer hacker Lisbeth and journalist Mikael investigate a sex-trafficking ring, Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Director: Daniel Alfredson | Stars: Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre, Peter Andersson

Votes: 86,716 | Gross: $9.08M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 09 Oct 2010 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 5/10

30. Kaboom (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

64 Metascore

A sexually "undeclared" college freshman's clairvoyant/prophetic dreams are the first sign that something very strange is going on involving his class-mates -- with him at the center.

Director: Gregg Araki | Stars: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida

Votes: 12,012 | Gross: $0.12M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 09 Oct 2010 Venue: Maçka Gmall My Rating: 7/10

31. The Tree (I) (2010)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Romance

58 Metascore

After the death of her father, an 8-year-old girl becomes convinced that he is whispering to her through the leaves of the gargantuan tree that towers over her house.

Director: Julie Bertuccelli | Stars: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morgan Davies, Marton Csokas, Christian Byers

Votes: 4,241 | Gross: $0.07M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 10 Oct 2010 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 8/10

32. Happythankyoumoreplease (2010)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

45 Metascore

Captures a generational moment - young people on the cusp of truly growing up, tiring of their reflexive cynicism, each in their own ways struggling to connect and define what it means to love and be loved.

Director: Josh Radnor | Stars: Josh Radnor, Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Michael Algieri

Votes: 28,511 | Gross: $0.22M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 10 Oct 2010 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 6/10

33. With Love... from the Age of Reason (2010)

Not Rated | 97 min | Comedy, Romance

A career-driven businesswoman rethinks her life after getting letters that force her to reminisce a traumatic, yet romantic, upbringing.

Director: Yann Samuell | Stars: Sophie Marceau, Marton Csokas, Michel Duchaussoy, Jonathan Zaccaï

Votes: 1,680

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 10 Oct 2010 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 4/10

34. New York, I Love You (2008)

R | 103 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

Eleven love stories set in one of the most loved and hated cities of the world, New York City.

Directors: Fatih Akin, Yvan Attal, Randall Balsmeyer, Allen Hughes, Shunji Iwai, Wen Jiang, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Natalie Portman, Brett Ratner | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Bradley Cooper, Hayden Christensen

Votes: 43,524 | Gross: $1.59M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 11 Oct 2010 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 6/10

35. Certified Copy (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper.

Director: Abbas Kiarostami | Stars: Juliette Binoche, William Shimell, Jean-Claude Carrière, Agathe Natanson

Votes: 18,892 | Gross: $1.34M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 12 Oct 2010 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 3/10

36. The Town (2010)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

74 Metascore

As he plans his next job, a longtime thief tries to balance his feelings for a bank manager connected to one of his earlier heists, as well as the F.B.I. Agent looking to bring him and his crew down.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Rebecca Hall, Jon Hamm, Jeremy Renner

Votes: 328,962 | Gross: $92.19M

Filmekimi 2010 Date: 14 Oct 2010 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 7/10

37. The Kid with a Bike (2011)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama

87 Metascore

Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hair-dresser agrees to foster him on week-ends.

Directors: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne | Stars: Thomas Doret, Cécile de France, Jérémie Renier, Fabrizio Rongione

Votes: 24,967 | Gross: $1.38M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 08 Oct 2011 Venue: Nişantaşı City's My Rating: 8/10

38. My Piece of the Pie (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

After losing her job at a local factory, a single mother enrolls in a housekeeper training program, soon landing work cleaning the Paris apartment of handsome but cocky power broker.

Director: Cédric Klapisch | Stars: Karin Viard, Gilles Lellouche, Audrey Lamy, Jean-Pierre Martins

Votes: 1,848 | Gross: $0.00M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 08 Oct 2011 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 6/10

39. Melancholia (2011)

R | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Alexander Skarsgård

Votes: 156,557 | Gross: $3.03M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 08 Oct 2011 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 8/10

40. Tomboy (2011)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A family moves into a new neighborhood, and a 10-year-old named Laure deliberately presents as a boy named Mikhael to the neighborhood children.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana, Jeanne Disson, Sophie Cattani

Votes: 15,835 | Gross: $0.13M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 09 Oct 2011 Venue: Nişantaşı City's My Rating: 6/10

41. Café de Flore (2011)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A love story between a man and woman. And between a mother and her son. A mystical and fantastical odyssey on love.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Vanessa Paradis, Kevin Parent, Hélène Florent, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 14,003

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 09 Oct 2011 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 6/10

42. Simple Simon (I) (2010)

85 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A younger brother with Aspergers syndrome helps his older brother find a girlfriend.

Director: Andreas Öhman | Stars: Bill Skarsgård, Martin Wallström, Cecilia Forss, Sofie Hamilton

Votes: 7,983

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 10 Oct 2011 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 9/10

43. Sleeping Beauty (2011)

Not Rated | 101 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

57 Metascore

A haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires.

Director: Julia Leigh | Stars: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Bridgette Barrett

Votes: 29,722 | Gross: $0.04M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 10 Oct 2011 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 3/10

44. Skylab (2011)

114 min | Comedy

In July 1979, during the Summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family (parents, uncles, aunts, cousins and other relatives) are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine's ... See full summary »

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Emmanuelle Riva, Eric Elmosnino, Julie Delpy

Votes: 1,889

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 11 Oct 2011 Venue: Nişantaşı City's My Rating: 4/10

45. Beginners (2010)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

A young man is rocked by two announcements from his elderly father: that he has terminal cancer and that he has a young male lover.

Director: Mike Mills | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent, Goran Visnjic

Votes: 84,727 | Gross: $5.79M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 12 Oct 2011 Venue: Atlas Sineması My Rating: 5/10

46. Le Havre (2011)

Not Rated | 93 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

When an African boy arrives by cargo ship in the port city of Le Havre, an aging shoe shiner takes pity on the child and welcomes him into his home.

Director: Aki Kaurismäki | Stars: André Wilms, Blondin Miguel, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Kati Outinen

Votes: 18,866 | Gross: $0.61M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 13 Oct 2011 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 4/10

47. Restless (I) (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama, Romance

47 Metascore

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

Director: Gus Van Sant | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryô Kase, Schuyler Fisk

Votes: 16,912 | Gross: $0.16M

Filmekimi 2011 Date: 13 Oct 2011 Venue: Beyoğlu Sineması My Rating: 5/10

48. We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R | 112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller