We are delighted to continue the tradition of presenting high caliber films and concerts to you as we celebrate the 17th anniversary of the festival.

This year’s film program continues the tradition of highlighting emerging and established filmmakers of the Turkish cinema. Most of the films in the program are award-winners in international film festivals, and will have their North America or U.S.  premieres at the Boston Turkish Film Festival.

The festival opens with acclaimed director Tayfun Pirselimoglu’s North America premiere of darkly beautiful film Sideway, about a seaside town where ominous signs lead the townsfolk to believe that doomsday has arrived. A Q&A will follow the screening.

2018 Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award will be presented to acclaimed actor, author, screenplay writer and director Ercan Kesal at MFA, Boston.  There will be also a documentary in the program directed by Ercan Kesal, Gone with the Hazelnuts, followed by a Q&A with the director.

Following award ceremony, film screening and Q&A, we invite you to our festival opening reception, which has become a tradition over the years, with live music by world fusion group Esthema.

The following feature films are in the festival program: Sideway by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, Yellow Heat by Fikret Reyhan, Gone with the Hazelnuts by Ercan Kesal Rosso Istanbul by Ferzan ÖzpetekBig Big World by Reha Erdem ,The Guest (Aleppo-Istanbul) by Andaç Haznedaroğlu , Ayla – The Daughter of War by Sıtkı Can Ulkay, Murtaza by Özgür Sevimli, NUBLU: Music of Now by Sercan Sezgin, Sour Apples by Yılmaz ErdoğanThe Smell of Money by Ahmet Boyacıoğlu In the Fade by Fatih Akın, What a Crush by Selçuk Aydemir, Dream by Derviş Zaim.

Award-winning films of the Boston Turkish Festival’s Documentary and Short Film Competition will be screened on April 1st.  Winners of the Documentary Film Competition are The Border by Batuhan Kurt for Best Documentary and Hermana by Enver Arcak for Best Documentary Audience Awards. Winners of the Short Film Competition are Scrabble by Merve Gezen for Best Short Film and The Well by Rıdvan Yavuz for Best Short Film Audience Awards. A panel discussion with the filmmakers follow the screenings, moderated by Boston Globe film critic Peter Keough.

After the film screenings, the festival will continue with a special music program, co-presented with the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University.   Internationally acclaimed Turkish flutist and composer Burak Beşir will perform in the first concert of the program on April 13th. Burak Beşir released his first flute- piano album Passion last year. The album received Outstanding Achievement Award from Global Music Awards in November 2017.

Yarkın Duo (Nağme Yarkın, İstanbul kemençe, composer) and (Baturay Yarkın, piano, composer, arranger) will perform on April 20th.  They bring together two instruments from differing traditions, the piano and the classical İstanbul kemençe, taking the audience away to a magical journey interpreting their repertoire which consists of Argentine tangos, Turkish folk music, their own compositions and improvisations.

Festival program will conclude with a recital by distinguished pianist Hande Dalkılıç on April 21st. One of the finest pianists of her generation, Hande Dalkılıç has attained a mature interpretation and a wide repertoire at a very young age. She pays special attention to feature works by Turkish composers especially at her concerts abroad, including composers such as Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin as well as Muammer Sun and Çetin Işıközlü.

Organizing a festival undoubtedly is a collaborative effort of many individuals and organizations. With this opportunity, we would like to thank our supporters, board members and co-presenters as well as individual, corporate and organizational sponsors whose commitment and collaboration made this festival possible. Hope to see you in our festival in many decades to come.

Enjoy the Festival!

Erkut Gömülü
Director and Founder
Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival


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