Both Fact And Fiction

!F ISTANBUL, WHICH IS CELEBRATING ITS 10TH YEAR, HAS A NEW CATEGORY THIS YEAR: AS MUCH FICTION AS FACT. AND CASEY AFFLECK’S I’M STILL HERE IS ONE OF THE FILMS IN THIS CATEGORY, WHICH BLURS THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION.

THE !F ISTANBUL AFM INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILMS FESTIVAL IS IN ISTANBUL FEBRUARY 17-27 AND ANKARA MARCH 3-6.

Surprises never end in this festival impatiently awaited by film buffs. The first surprise is that viewers will select the films to be shown. It works like this: five films singled out by participants in a survey of 41 favorites screened in previous years will be shown again this year.

First place went to Donnie Darko in the survey, in which the top Turkish film was A Tuğra Kaftancıoğlu Film. Among the other films selected are: Wristcutters, No One Knows About Persian Cats and 24 Hour Party People.

The second surprise is that Romain Gavras, the son of director Costa Gavras, is one of those who will compete for the Inspiring Director award in the Keş!f competition, which introduces innovative young filmmakers from around the globe first to Turkey and then to the world.

A director of music clips, Romain Gavras is entering the competition with his first feature film, Our Day Will Come. Michaelangelo Frammartino’s Le Quattro Volte (The Four Times), which walked off with an award at Cannes, is another film in the competition.

AN INTROVERTED BALLERINA: NINA
The Hit Films category of favorites from the world festivals is opening with Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky. Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey make up the cast of this film in which Natalie Portmann plays the introverted and perfectionist ballerina, Nina. The film, which won Mila Kunis the award for Best Young Actor at the 67th Venice Film Festival, is the story of how a young woman confronts her dark side and a fierce competition between two young dancers turns into a strange friendship.