The 7th Vancouver Turkish Film Festival, which runs December 16-21 and co-presented with the Turkish Canadian Society, SFU Woodward Cultural Programs and the Northwest Film Forum, will be screened on an online platform due to the pandemic. Although we all fail to socialize in the movie theaters, we will enjoy the safety of the online film festival and enjoy watching award-winning Turkish films in our comfortable homes while drinking Turkish tea or coffee. VTFF has partnered with US nonprofit film and art platform Northwest Film Forum and online streaming platform Eventive to ensure the best possible user experience. Festival director Eylem Sonmez says: “As in the past, the festival will provide a window into contemporary Turkish cinema and culture. Taking place exclusively online and available across Canada for four days, the festival will present four internationally acclaimed award-winning feature films and ten short films, as well as online question and answer sessions with filmmakers such as Ece Dizdar, Eylem Kaftan, Kıvanç Sezer and Serra Yılmaz. Here is the info on the four feature films; In, Not Knowing, Selma and Sinan are frustrated with each other after years of marriage. One day, their son Umut, a water polo player, accused of being homosexual among his teammates, disappears. As they search for their son, they realize that they themselves are lost. Not Knowing won the “Best Picture Award” at the 31st Ankara International Film Festival and won numerous awards at the Antalya Golden Orange and Adana Golden Boll film festivals. La Belle Indifférence was conceived as the second chapter of the housing trilogy after the first chapter, “My Father’s Wings”. This trilogy talks about the three essential pods of the real estate sector: worker, consumer and builder. After the very tragic story of the construction worker Ibrahim, we now focus on the life of a beautiful couple who buy a condo in the same building but in a different narrative style. The hard times begin when Onur is fired from his job and cannot pay the mortgage. This trilogy reveals how the real estate sector dramatically affects the lives of people in another section of society, which has been the driving force behind the Turkish economy over the past ten years. La Belle Indifférence premiered at the 54th Karlovy Vary Main Competition. Alican Yücesoy, who plays Onur, won the “Best Actor Award” at the 33rd Herceg Novi – Montenegro Film Festival. In, Hive Ayse returns to her hometown in northeastern Turkey to treat her critically ill mother. Before dying, Ayse’s mother leaves Ayse, her beloved hives to manage. Bees are the insects that Ayse fear most in life. Hive was the opening film of the 8th Chelsea Film Festival in New York City and left the festival with six awards. Directed by Eylem Kaftan, the film won the Grand Prix, the Best Picture Award, and the Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Picture, Best Leading Actress and Best Supporting Actor awards. The film has also participated in the 54th Hof International Film Festival in Germany, the 17th Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (HKAFF) and will participate in the 30th Southern Norwegian Film Festival (FFSF) and the 18th Dhaka Film Festival in Bangladesh. Love, Spells and All That is the story of two women who had a love affair in their youth. They reunite years later and question their romantic and metaphysical beliefs. In Turkey, at a time of the rise of homophobia, we see once again that love unites people, while society tears them apart. Directed by Ümit Ünal, “Love, Spells and All That” became the flagship film of the 39th Istanbul Film Festival and received the “Best Film” award from SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association). -jury for the ten best shorts at the Seattle Turkish Film Festival and VTFF is pleased to present this selection. Vancouver audiences will choose the best short film and the winner will receive the Vancouver Audience Award.

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