Istanbul Film Festival on big screen in April

The Istanbul Film Festival is ready for its 43rd edition between April 17 and 28, bringing together acclaimed and award-winning films from the Türkiye and world cinema, as well as special screenings, stars and master filmmakers. Festival tickets are on sale as of today. 

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) The 43rd Istanbul Film Festival presents a substantial program of 132 feature and 12 short films, which comprises the most recent productions of the world cinema, cult titles and the latest films of master directors and young talents.

This year the Cinema Honorary Awards, presented to those who devoted their hearts and efforts to the cinema, will be presented to renowned actress Meral Orhonsay and versatile filmmaker Engin Ayça. The awards will be presented at the opening ceremony of the event on April 16.

Esteemed director Wim Wenders will come to Istanbul for the first time as the festival's guest of honor. The festival will feature three films of Wenders: His final film "Anselm," which premiered at Cannes and explores the life and artistic journey of German artist Anselm Kiefer, "Alice in the Cities," which will be screened from a restored copy on its 50th anniversary, and Japan's Oscar nominee "Perfect Days," in which Kôji Yakusho stars and creates wonders. As part of the festival, Wenders will also meet audiences in a talk.

On the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Turkey, Kôji Yakusho will also come to Istanbul for the festival.

One of Japan's most renowned and respected male actors, Yakusho shoulders the burden of every genre from yakuza films to romantic drama, and from action to comedy. He is in the festival program with four films that stand...

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