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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.

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