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Melis Behlil is a film scholar and a cinephile. She has a blog in English and she is keeping a festival diary…

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29th IFF Opening

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First of a series of posts on the 29th International Istanbul Film Festival

The opening night. Somehow, the films always ends up being disappointing. Last year it was Welcome – depressing. This year, it was a crowd-pleaser, and I seem to be the only person who strongly disliked it. Le Concert is about a former orchestra miraculously playing in Paris and reaching “the ultimate harmony”. Considering they hadn’t played together in 30 years and their soloist never actually performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, it’s rather surreal how it all works out.

29th IFF Day 1

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Day 1 was a bit of a disappointment. And apparently, I need more sleep during the festival.

First off, Element of Crime. Fell asleep within the first five minutes, left the screening within half an hour. Thanks to the lady leaving before me, it was an inspiration.

Nice lunch.

IFF 2: In the Loop, I Am Not Your Friend, Mother

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Although I love comedies, it’s extremely rare that I find one that makes me lought out loud. In the Loop is one of those. It’s a political comedy with brilliant lines delivered sharply. Like a Yes, Minister, shot The Office style. What else would you want?

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