Organized for the first time last year, Istanbul Modern Cinema’s Fear & Fantasy Festival, curated by Müge Turan and coordinated by Can Koç, brings together the diverse disciplines that tread the waters of horror and fantasy, ranging from horror storytelling performances and cult animated movies to examples from this year’s film festivals and silent movie screenings accompanied by live music.
Among the films that stand out in the festival is Denis Cote’s “Repertoire des Villes Disparues” (“Ghost Town Anthology”), which premiered at this year’s Berlinale and will be screened for the first time in Turkey. Also featured in the festival is another much-talked-about film from this year, the epic and radical “La Flor” (“The Flower”) by Argentinian director Mariano Llinas, which took a decade to make, was shot across three continents and has a runtime of 14 hours divided into six chapters. Also included in the program are the sci-fi classic “The Matrix,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as well as Georges Franju’s 1960 feature “Les Yeux Sans Visage” (“Eyes Without a Face”).
Horror stories and talk
Known for his stories and novels, horror storyteller Mehmet Berk Yaltırık narrates the legends and frightening rumors that he has encountered in his research in the form of stories. This event will be organized on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.
Also, Anatolian horror writers Galip Dursun, Işın Beril Tetik, Demokan Atasoy, Serdar Kökçeoğlu, and Mehmet Berk Yaltırık will be in conversation about the current quest for a language that fits Anatolia’s culture of horror stories and of contemporary horror filmmaking in Turkey.
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