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Istanbul Film Festival 2015 - Balkans: Cinema of Flames
26 March 2015
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Borrowing the title of Professor Dina Iordanova’s book, Balkans: Cinema of Flames, this year Istanbul Film Festival dedicates a special section to the cinema of the Balkans, a part of Europe which still claims to be unique, diverse and a victim of endless injustices.

The Reaper by Zvonimir Juric

South-Eastern Europe doesn’t differ from the rest of the continent, despite the efforts to convince Europe for the opposite. If in the Balkans, the similarities are more than obvious, that must be explained through geopolitical interpretations and not through artistic ones, with the latter often proved to be catastrophic. In two words, differences in the Balkans are well rooted and go back centuries; similarities on the other hand are somehow planted, part of an empire which flourished and fell by lending habits and creating stereotypes. 

Even so, Balkan filmmakers have their say in this never-ending search for a definition: Albanian director Kujtim Cashku says that the Balkans is the land of stories and storytellers, while Nuri Bilge Ceylan describes the Balkan man as a certain type of character, a certain type of spirit, an essence. Black humour, a rather unstable and turbulent political past (and present), ethnic strives, lack of money… 

These Are The Rules by Ognjen Svilicic

The 34th Istanbul Film Festival brings together the best and most recent cinematic examples from this “special” region. Seven films in total from Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Albania, Croatia, and FYROM will be screened within the scope of this section.

The Lesson by Kristina Grozeva & Petar Valchanov, Bulgaria/Greece, 2014 

Barbarians by Ivan Ikic, Serbia/Montenegro/Slovenia, 2014 

The Reaper by Zvonimir Juric, Croatia/Slovenia, 2014 

Amsterdam Express by Fatmir Koci, UK/Albania,/Netherlands/Germany, 2014 

No One’s Child by Vuk Rsumovic, Serbia/Croatia, 2014 

These Are The Rules by Ognjen Svilicic, Croatia/France/Serbia/FYROM, 2014 

A Blast by Syllas Tzoumerkas, Greece/Germany/Netherlands, 2014 

By the way, if the films included in the section (their titles) were to be interpreted by Bill Burroughs΄ cut-up technique, they would create a very accurate and surreal poem-portrait of the region.
  A Blast
  The Reaper
  These Are the Rules
  No One`s Child
  Amsterdam Express
  The Lesson
  Fatmir Koci
  Ognjen Svilicic
  Syllas Tzoumerkas
  Dina Iordanova
  Ivan Ikic
  Zvonimir Juric
  Vuk Rsumovic
  Kristina Grozeva
  Petar Valchanov
  Istanbul Film Festival
  Istanbul Film Festival 2015 - Competition sections
  Istanbul Film Festival official website
  Istanbul Film Festival on Twitter
  Istanbul Film Festival on Facebook
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