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City to City

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City To City

This is an exploration of the urban experience through film. Each year we spotlight a city.

Read more about the selection of Istanbul for this year's City to City programme and learn about our special panel discussion, Istanbul - A Conversation.

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10 to 11

Pelin Esmer

Turkey, France, Germany

An elderly man clashes with his neighbours as they try to remove him -- and his elaborate collections of ephemera -- from his apartment.


Emre Sahin

Turkey, USA

Capturing the dazzling intensity of Istanbul's twelve million souls, Sahin's groundbreaking feature crisscrosses the lives of a petty crook, an ambitious nurse and an African migrant as they seek money, luck or just a way out.

ascents in february

Yoel Meranda


An abstract, impish spot of light leads the camera onto Istanbul's streets.


Zeki Demirkubuz


Zeki Demirkubuz's career-launching feature debut dissects the melancholy and repression inherent in bourgeois life in dreary apartment blocks.

Dark Cloud

Theron Patterson


A black comedy with the style of a lucid dream, Dark Cloud looks at a middle-aged man who can't move on from the death of his wife, and the teenaged son who needs him to wake up.


Nuri Bilge Ceylan


Distant maps Nuri Bilge Ceylan's signature exploration of existential heartache onto the wintry shores of Istanbul.


Tayfun Pirselimoglu

Turkey, Greece

An ailing Istanbul wig-maker becomes obsessed with a woman who enters his shop one day.

The Majority

Seren Y├╝ce


A middle class young man rebels against his father's brutish authority and seeks a rough romance with a woman of ethnic minority. Yuce's moral tale draws from the example of today's Turkish youth and the timeless shadow of father...

My Only Sunshine

Reha Erdem

Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria

A potent, widescreen portrait of an Istanbul wild child. Hayat lives in a shack beside the Bosphorus sea with her criminal father and wheezing grandfather. Life is harsh, but Hayat watches and learns.

not be or...

Yoel Meranda


This whiplash montage of Istanbul's urban imagery conveys a pure sense of speed and disorientation.

On Thin Ice

Bur├žak Kaygun


A painterly composition explores movement and sound in the abstract as skaters on a winter ice rink swirl round and round.


Yoel Meranda


A politician's televised speech is utterly transformed into stunning abstraction.

Science Lab

Eytan Ipeker


This short is a visual compedium of experimental techniques, all uncannily mined from footage of the filmmaker's piano keys.

September 12

├ľzlem Sulak

Turkey, Germany

In this meditative and monumental examination of the legacy of TurkeyÔÇÖs 1980 military coup, individual narrations of the tumultuous event are juxtaposed with quotidian routines, thirty years on.

Somersault in a Coffin

Dervis Zaim


A thief with bizarre compulsions -- and possibly good reasons -- tries to get by in this essential Istanbul film.


Yoel Meranda


Yoel Meranda completely transforms brief footage of a ferry trip across the Bosphorus.


Belmin S├Âylemez


This striking short film focuses on the boys and young men who jump into the Bosphorus's to escape the city and the heat.


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