The 34th Istanbul Film Festival began on Friday with an opening ceremony and the presentation of honorary awards. More than 200 films by directors from 62 countries featured at event.
Hosted by Turkish actor Cem Davran, the ceremony kicked off at around 20:30 local time at the Lutfi Kirdar International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The event started with the introduction of the festival’s categories as well as the Golden Tulip International and National Competition films. A total of 49 films will be competing in the festival.
Also, cinema and art world’s prominent figures Turkish intellectual Talat Halman, internationally renowned writer Yasar Kemal and 90s pop singer Kayahan who passed away in 2014, were commemorated.
This year’s honorary awards were given to prominent members of Turkish cinema such as director-producer Yilmaz Atadeniz, musician Cahit Berkay, actress Nebahat Cehre, writer-director Safa Onal and actor Suleyman Turan.
Following the opening ceremony, the 2014 movie of Cuban director Ernesto Daranas, Conducta (Behavior), was screened. The film focuses on a relationship between a schoolteacher and her 11-year-old pupil. The movie is part of the “From the World Festivals” section of the event.
Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts, this year's festival will run until April 19 and is set to feature more than 200 films by directors from 62 countries.
Cinema lovers will have the chance to see classics, worldwide award-winning films and the latest offerings from the Turkish film industry, as well as panels with filmmakers, master classes and workshops.
Screenings will take place at the Atlas Beyoglu movie theater and the Institut Francais in central Istanbul.
Movies will also be shown at Feriye theater in Istanbul’s European-side district of Ortakoy, as well as Rexx cinema on the Anatolian side of the city.
Ticket prices vary between 5-20 Turkish lira ($1.9 to $7.7).