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Istanbul Film Festival

The Istanbul Film Festival: From Spike Lee's Doc on Michael Jackson to a Tribute to Otto Preminger

Karin Badt | Posted 04.25.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

The delight of the Istanbul Film Festival is to get a glimpse of the Turkish films one can't see so easily elsewhere, and to go from theater to theate...

Discussions of Freedom at the Istanbul Film Festival

Karin Badt | Posted 04.26.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"My documentary is on a man who goes naked," said a lively film student at the Istanbul Film Festival brunch, offered at the Goethe Institute. "He w...

Compassionate Mexican Documentary Screens at the Istanbul Film Festival: "No Place Like Home"

Karin Badt | Posted 04.17.2016 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is a gentle film, one that draws the spectator in with its paradisal atmosphere of tranquility and harmony, set among verdant trees, with calm conv...

The Coop: Evocative First Film by Turkish Actor Ufuk Bayraktar

Karin Badt | Posted 06.21.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

I asked director Ufuk Bayraktar to comment on why he, a man, was drawn to make such a moving political film about patriarchal oppression, and why this story of bigamy was relevant in contemporary Turkey.

Traumatized Veterans on Screen at the Istanbul Film Festival: Laurent Bécue-Renard's 'Of Men and War'

Karin Badt | Posted 06.15.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Laurent Bécue-Renard's documentary "Of Men and War," which screened this past weekend at the Istanbul Film Festival, testifies to the grislier "truth" of war. It showcases the lasting horrific effect of combat on both those who serve and their families.

Peter Greenway's 'Eisenstein in Guanajuato' at the Istanbul Film Festival

Karin Badt | Posted 06.12.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is so unusual for a Greenway film to have a narrative story that frankly it is hard to know how to react to this sensuous tale. Are we to identify with the main character, Eisenstein, and truly care about his amorous evolution? Or are we to take the love story as a pretext to enjoy a montage of fantastic images about sex and death?

The 30th Istanbul Film Festival: Egyptian Film Wins the Golden Tulip Award

Karin Badt | Posted 06.18.2011 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

Two of the most delightful films I saw at the Istanbul Film Festival this past week took place in Rio. One, a documentary called Wasteland by British ...

Director Claude Lanzmann Speaks About the Making of Shoah

Karin Badt | Posted 06.12.2011 | Arts
Karin Badt

"No one survives an extermination camp. These two are miracles. They are ghosts. Notice that they never speak in terms of 'I' but in terms of 'we'. They are spokespeople for the dead. They are martyrs, heroes, saints."

All Is 'Fair Game' in Cannes and Why You Should Care

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

Whether entertainment be mindless fun fodder or politically gripping and illuminating truths, we should care about the option that anything and everything we choose to watch be 'fair game.'