Stars Of Filmoctober

There are no surprises in this year’s FilmOctober, which is eagerly awaited by Istanbul cinephiles. As usual the event is jam-packed with stars…

Held this year for the 9th time by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV), FilmOctober starts on October 8th. 
Istanbul art lovers are filled with excitement. We know that from the 99 percent capacity levels at last year’s event.  Close to 30 films, all of which have already strutted their stuff at festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and Venice, are on the FilmOctober program. And here are those gold stars…

One of the stars of FilmOctober is American director Francis Ford Coppola’s daughter Sophia Coppola’s latest film, ‘Somewhere’, which took the coveted Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.  In the lead role in this film, which was inspired by the director’s childhood memories, is ‘Blade’s bad vampire, Stephen Dorff.

Also in FilmOctober is the latest film by much talked about Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul. The first Thai film to win the Golden Palm, ‘Uncle Boonmee’ is actually about compassion despite its frequent references to animism, reincarnation and other metaphysical topics.

Like its predecessor ‘Paris, I Love You’, ‘New York, I Love You’ is the story of how a city can be transformed into a love letter.  The venue this time is Manhattan. Combining an incredible director with an equally incredible cast, this film describes New York, the city that never sleeps, the city that can’t get love out of its mind. Unadulterated…

Written and directed by Julie Bertucelli, ‘The Tree’ depicts the grief of a family and mother of four whose husband dies. In this extraordinary drama, which was the closing film of the Cannes Film Festival, the little girl of the house believes that her father’s spirit lives on in a tree in the backyard and in time the whole family starts talking with the tree. Charlotte Gainsbourg has the lead role.

French director Xavier Beauvois’s latest film and winner of this year’s Grand Prize at Cannes, ‘Of Gods and Men’ is a serious film about faith and fanaticism. It tells the story of eight French priests who live together in harmony with Muslim villagers in a mountain-top monastery in the Maghreb some time in the 1990’s.