AA Arts Preview

- Istanbul’s independent film festival begins this week

The 14th !f International Independent Film Festival will begin on Thursday and run until Feb. 22 bringing together the year’s most talked-about movies.

The festival will also screen films in the Turkish capital Ankara and the Aegean province of Izmir between Feb. 26 and March 1.

The American movie “Birdman” – featuring Michael Keaton and Edward Norton – and directed by Academy Award nominated Alejandro Gonzalez, will be screened during the festival.

A Danish documentary film “The Look of Silence” directed by Joshua Oppenheimer and produced by Germen film director Werner Herzog will be shown at the event.

Some of the films in the festival schedule are: ‘Love is Strange’ a French-American drama directed by Ira Sachs; Iran’s first vampire film, ‘A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,’ directed by Ana Lily Amipour and ‘Tusk,’ a comedy horror written and directed by Kevin Smith and starring Johnny Depp.

The Festival will also “take film screenings to more than 30 different cities across Turkey as well as Nicosia, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Gyumri and Yerevan through its !f ² project ,” said organizers.


- Pera Museum hosts Alberto Giacometti exhibition

Istanbul Pera Museum is set to host an exhibition by Swiss sculptor and painter Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966) for the first time in Turkey.

The display, organized in collaboration with Paris-based Giacometti Foundation, focuses on the artist’s life, defining it two periods before and after the Second World War.

It includes his friendship with leading artists and intellectuals who were living in Paris during the same period.

The exhibition is curated by Giacometti Foundation’s director Catherine Grenier.

Although Giacometti was born in the Swiss canton of Graubunden, he moved to Paris in 1922 to study arts. During the 1960s, he focused on drawing the Paris streets where he lived and worked.


- Syrian opera singer to perform in Istanbul

Syrian opera singer Noma Omran will take to the stage at Istanbul’s Babylon concert hall on Feb. 18.

The event is a sideline project of !f Istanbul Film Festival as Omran’s music also features in one of the movies which will be screen at the festival this year, “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait,” a documentary about the country’s civil war.

“The audience will travel on a journey of discovery through the wealth of Syrian culture accompanied by Omran’s magical voice,” said organizers.

Also accompanied by photographs and poetry, Syrians living in Turkey will tell their stories during the performance.


- ‘All You Need is Love’

As February 14 marks Valentine’s Day, Istanbul is ready to host an event titled “All You Need is Love,” a reference to The Beatles’ famous song.

British band White Mink, which mixes 90s rhythms with 20s jazz, and Swing Zazou with their eight members will take the stage at Istanbul’s Kucukciftlik Park.

Theatrical DJ duo The Roustabouts will be performing during the gig.

Organizers said that the event “is not only for those who plan to treat their Valentine to a fantastic party, but also lonely hearts who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day to the max and group of friends who want to enjoy an unforgettable time together.”


- Love and Reggae in Istanbul

Istanbul’s Volkswagen Arena will host legendary names of reggae music U-Roy and Big Youth on Valentine’s Day.

Jamaican DJ and vocalist U-Roy – Ewart Beckford – started his career during the 70s with his first album “Vision Galore.”

Another Jamaican DJ known Big Youth – AKA Manley Augustus Buchanan – will also perform at the gig.

According to the organizer, Sattas, “the one and only representative of reggae from Turkey” will also take part at the concert.

“Founded by Orcun Sunear and Derya Eke in 2004, Sattas released their first track ‘War is Over’ in 2006,” said organizers.


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