Istanbul 2005

  • Gönül Dönmez-Colin


ISTANBUL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2005 24th Istanbul Film Festival (April 2-17, 2005), which can be defined as a Festival of Festivals carried the usual format that has had positive audience response over the years with minor adjustments. The International Competition was comprised of films carrying the themes of arts and artist or were literary adaptations. Among the thirteen that competed for the Golden Tulip, Kôhî Jikô (Café Lumière, 2004) by Hou Hsiao-hsien; Lila Dit Ca (Lila Says Yes) from France directed by Lebanese Ziad Doueiri (a follow-up to his successful debut, West Beirut); from Canada, Childstar (2004) by Don McKellar and Turkish director Erden Kiral's Yolda (On the Way, 2004) about Guney's last days in prisons drew attention. The Galas, defined by the festival as the most crowd pleasing films included Woody Allen's Melinda and Melinda, Wong Kar Wai's 2046 and Mike Leigh's Vera Drake. Buster Keaton's 1927 film...