Nuri Bilge Ceylan to preside over Golden Tulip Competition, which includes Death of a Superhero, Wuthering Heights and Albert Nobbs.
The 31st Istanbul International Film Festival (31 March – 15 April) will screen more than 200 features and host a growing number of industry workshops and events.
Nuri Bilge Ceylan will preisde over the Golden Tulip jury alongside actor Hiam Abbas, director Brillante Mendoza, director Corneliu Porumboiu, and journalist Elçin Yahşi.
Terence Davies will receive a Cinema Honorary Award, present The Deep Blue Sea and deliver a master class. Ali Özgentürk, Ayşen Gruda, Halit Akçatepe and Sevin Okyay will also get Honorary Awards.
The Golden Tulip nominees are:
The Loneliest Planet by Julia Loktev
Death of a Superhero by Ian FitzGibbon
Bonzai by Cristian Jimenez
Wuthering Heights by Andrea Arnold
Cut by Amir Naderi
The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Robert Guédigian
Cracks in the Shell by Christian Schwochow
The Delay by Rodrigo Pla.
Albert Nobbs by Rodrigo Garcia
A Royal Affair by Nikolaj Arcel
Oslo, 31 August by Joachim Trier
Industry networking event Meetings on the Bridge returns for its seventh year, while the Film Development Workshop runs 11 -12 April with representatives from Eurimages, ARTE, Berlinale, Binger Lab, Cinelink, Cinemart, Torino Film Lab and Fortissimo Films.
There will also be a Works in Progress workshop for the first time as well as Turkish-Dutch Co-Production Meetings and Panels as well as the next wave of productions to benefit from the Turkish-German Co-Productions Development Fund.
Continuing festival trands include the National Competition and Turkish Cinema, the jury of which is presided over by director, screenwriter, poet, and author Murathan Mungan; an Out of Competition section; New Turkish Cinema; Documentaries; the FIPRESCI Award, chaired by Pamela Bienzobas, and the Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE) presided over by Juanita Wilson, which will include Mohammad Rasoulof’s Good Bye – presented by the director - and Bence Flieghauf’s Just the Wind.
Gala screenings include Trishna, Polisse, Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living In the Material World and Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters.
New festival strands include a Cinema and Music section, featuring New York New York by Martin Scorsese and Alan Parker’s Pink Floyd: The Wall among others; Filming Revolution with a selection of films about recent political unrest in the Middle East, eastern Europe, Iran and north Africa; What’s Happening in Greece?; A Chinese Film Tradition: WuXia; Within the Family, including Oscar-nominated Footnote and Ursula Meier’s Berlin entry Sister, and Antidepressant.
Other strands include From The World of Festivals, featuring Elles and Detachment; Young Masters with films from Karl Marcovics and Pablo Giorgelli; Turkish Classics Revisited; Challenging the Years including Werner Herzog’s Into The Abyss and Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness; Midnight Madness including Ben Wheatley’s Kill List; Mined Zone; Animated Cinema; Kids Zone, and In Memoriam with screenings dedicated to industry who passed away in 2011.
The festival will also screen the last instalment in design trilogy Urbanized as well as the 900-minute documentary The History of Film.