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34th Istanbul Film Festival to present 22 world premieres

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- Turkey's largest film event will show 204 movies from 62 countries, while the Cineuropa Prize will be awarded to a film from the National Competition

34th Istanbul Film Festival to present 22 world premieres
Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Vinterberg

Set to take place from 4-19 April, the 34th Istanbul Film Festival will screen 204 films from 62 countries across 20 sections.

The International Golden Tulip Competition consists of 12 films that deal with art-related topics, or are artistic or literary adaptations. Besides movies such as Reality [+see also:
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, Why Can't I Be Tarkovskij? [+see also:
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, Wild Life [+see also:
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, Black Souls
 [+see also:
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and Far from the Madding Crowd [+see also:
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, it includes the world premiere of Yearning [+see also:
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, the new film by British director Ben Hopkins (Lost in Karastan [+see also:
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), co-produced by Turkey and Germany. The jury, chaired by Rolf de Heer, includes director Bence Fliegauf, writer-director George Ovashvili, producer Čedomir Kolar and actress Melisa Sözen, and will give out an award worth €25,000, sponsored by Eczacıbaşı Group

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The full list of the titles in the International Competition can be found here.

The National Golden Tulip Competition will feature nine films, six of which will have their world premieres at the gathering, in addition to other titles such as the Berlinale entries Until I Lose My Breath [+see also:
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by Emine Emel Balcı, Snow Pirates [+see also:
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by Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu and Tolga Karaçelik's Sundance competitor, Ivy [+see also:
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The jury, chaired by director Zeki Demirkubuz, and including actor Tansu Biçer, DoP Emre Erkmen, author Şebnem İşigüzel and Wieland Speck, director of the Berlinale's Panorama, will award prizes in nine categories: Golden Tulip for Best Film, Golden Tulip for Best Director, Special Jury Award, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Screenplay, Best Director of Photography, Best Editing and Best Music. The Best Film winner will receive €54,000.

The Cineuropa Prize will, for the second time, be given to a film from the National Competition that, besides having indisputable artistic qualities, also highlights the idea of European dialogue and integration.

The full list of titles in the National Competition can be found here.

The other competitive sections at the 34th Istanbul Film Festival include Human Rights in Cinema and the National Documentary Competition, which includes 13 titles, 11 of which will have their world premieres at the event. Also, first films by Turkish directors will be eligible for the Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize.

Balkans: Cinema of Flames, Family Ties, Special Screenings: Little Truths and German Animation Cinema represent the four newly introduced sidebar sections, and the festival will also feature a retrospective of Lisandro Alonso.

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