2014 ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL

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1. Le bon plaisir (1984)

108 min | Drama, Romance

In Paris, a women's bag, which contains an embarrassing letter from the french president, is stolen.

Director: Francis Girod | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Michel Serrault, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Michel Auclair

Votes: 420

2. Liar's Dice (2013)

104 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

A mother and her daughter embarks on a desperate journey to find her missing husband. She met an guy who promised to help her for money. With limited money it become difficult to continue the search which leads to anxiety and despair.

Director: Geethu Mohandas | Stars: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Geetanjali Thapa, Manya Gupta, Vikram Bhagra

Votes: 636

3. Starred Up (2013)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

Eric Love, 19, is locked up in prison. On first day he assaults another inmate and several guards. He's offered group therapy and his dad, an inmate as well, tries to talk sense into him. Can he be rehabilitated?

Director: David Mackenzie | Stars: Jack O'Connell, Ben Mendelsohn, Rupert Friend, Sam Spruell

Votes: 40,772 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Egg (2007)

97 min | Drama

Poet Yusuf (35-38) returns to his childhood hometown, which he hadn't visited for years, upon his mother's death. He is faced with a neglected, crumbling house. Ayla, a young girl (17-19) ... See full summary »

Director: Semih Kaplanoglu | Stars: Nejat Isler, Saadet Aksoy, Ufuk Bayraktar, Kaan Karabacak

Votes: 4,612

5. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

PG-13 | 91 min | Documentary, Biography, Music

83 Metascore

Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.

Director: Morgan Neville | Stars: Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Judith Hill

Votes: 11,676 | Gross: $4.95M

6. Yeryuzu Askin Yuzu Oluncaya Dek (2014)

107 min | Documentary

This documentary narrates how people from very diverse lifestyles and ideologies fought together to convert the Gezi Park-the only remaining green area in the center of the city- into a model of the world they dreamed of.

Director: Reyan Tuvi

Votes: 20

7. The Seventh Companion (1968)

89 min | Drama, War

The film is set in St. Petersburg, Russia after the Russian revolution of 1917. Based on the eponymous book by Boris Lavrenev. Maj. General Yevgeni Pavlovich Adamov (Popov) was a lawyer in ... See full summary »

Directors: Grigori Aronov, Aleksey German | Stars: Andrei Popov, Aleksandr Anisimov, Georgiy Shtil, Pyotr Chernov

Votes: 394

8. Au Revoir L'Ete (2013)

125 min | Drama

After failing her university entrance exam, Sakuko is invited by her aunt Mikie to spend summer vacation in a beautiful seaside town. Sakuko gets to know the people of the town, including Takashi, a shy relative of her childhood friend.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Fumi Nikaidô, Mayu Tsuruta, Taiga Nakano, Kanji Furutachi

Votes: 264

9. Yatik Emine (1975)

90 min | Drama

Notorious for being an immoral woman, Emine is sent to a village in the middle of nowhere as an attempt of rehabilitation.

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Osman Alyanak, Atilla Ergün, Serdar Gökhan, Mahmut Hekimoglu

Votes: 194

10. The Lonely Ones' Quay (1959)

113 min | Drama, Romance

Captain Ridvan falls in love with Guner but there is a huge obstacle between them. This is Ali who is a foreign exchange smuggler and bar owner.

Director: Lütfi Akad | Stars: Çolpan Ilhan, Sadri Alisik, Turgut Özatay, Melahat Içli

Votes: 94

11. Qissa: The Tale of a Lonely Ghost (2013)

109 min | Drama, Fantasy

Umber Singh is a Sikh who loses everything during the separation of India in 1947 and is forced to leave his homeland. He obsessively wishes for a male heir. When his fourth daughter is born, he decides to wage a fight against destiny.

Director: Anup Singh | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Tisca Chopra, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal

Votes: 750

12. Walesa: Man of Hope (2013)

127 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Robert Wieckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Iwona Bielska, Zbigniew Zamachowski

Votes: 2,551

13. Avenged (2013)

R | 101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An undercover cop risks his career (and life) to settle a score.

Director: Donovan Marsh | Stars: S'Dumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae, Israel Matseke-Zulu, Owen Sejake

Votes: 405

14. Violette (2013)

Not Rated | 139 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

72 Metascore

Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés. Then begins an intense relationship between the ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Provost | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Sandrine Kiberlain, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Hiegel

Votes: 1,845

15. Triptyque (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama

Triptych is a contemporary urban saga that tells the story of Michelle, a schizophrenic bookseller, her sister Marie, a singer and actress, and Thomas, a German neurologist and Maries future husband.

Directors: Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires | Stars: Frédérike Bédard, Lise Castonguay, Hans Piesbergen, Rebecca Blankenship

Votes: 165

16. Uzun Yol (2014)

120 min | Drama

Belief is life's biggest gamble

Director: Nihat Seven | Stars: Mehtap Anil, Derin Bebek, Bora Cengiz, Nil Günal

Votes: 36

17. Uzak (2002)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama

84 Metascore

After his wife leaves him, a photographer has an existential crisis and tries to cope with his cousin's visit.

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Stars: Muzaffer Özdemir, Mehmet Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer, Nazan Kesal

Votes: 16,705 | Gross: $0.10M

18. Philomena (2013)

PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Mare Winningham

Votes: 90,589 | Gross: $37.71M

19. Don't Let Them Shoot the Kite (1989)

100 min | Crime, Drama

Baris, a 5 year-old little boy, has to stay in a prison with her mother during her detention period. Baris develops a special relationship with Inci, a young woman who also stays in prison. She promises him that the kite will fly someday.

Director: Tunç Basaran | Stars: Ozan Bilen, Nur Sürer, Füsun Demirel, Güzin Özipek

Votes: 5,643

20. Türkiye'de Caz (2013)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

A documentary exploring the condition, evolution and interaction of Turkish jazz music and its musicians, in parallel to Turkish history.

Director: Batu Akyol

Votes: 5

22. Prisoners (2013)

R | 153 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

74 Metascore

When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts.

Director: Denis Villeneuve | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo

Votes: 550,844 | Gross: $61.00M

23. Trans X Istanbul (2014)

110 min | Documentary

Thousands of Trans*Women live in the big cities of Turkey. There has been an increase in the murder of Trans*. Crimes against Trans*Women are mostly not investigated. The perpetrators can ... See full summary »

Director: Maria Binder | Star: Ebru Kiranci

Votes: 31

24. Tom at the Farm (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

A grieving man meets his lover's family, who were not aware of their son's sexual orientation.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy, Evelyne Brochu

Votes: 14,637

25. The Master (2012)

R | 138 min | Drama

86 Metascore

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future - until he is tantalized by the Cause and its charismatic leader.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 140,160 | Gross: $16.38M

26. My Aunt (1986)

105 min | Drama, Thriller

7 yo Umur falls in love with his much older aunt in the midst of political upheaval and dysfunctions of his family.

Director: Halit Refig | Stars: Müjde Ar, Yasar Alptekin, Mehmet Akan, Ayse Demirel

Votes: 1,112

27. My Sweet Pepper Land (2013)

100 min | Drama

Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this society now at peace, he thinks about quitting the police force, but ... See full summary »

Director: Hiner Saleem | Stars: Korkmaz Arslan, Golshifteh Farahani, Suat Usta, Mir Murad Bedirxan

Votes: 1,972

28. Papusza (2013)

G | 131 min | Biography, Drama

The rise and fall of the most distinguished Polish-Gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, widely known as Papusza, and her relationship with her discoverer, writer Jerzy Ficowski.

Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Stars: Jowita Budnik, Zbigniew Walerys, Antoni Pawlicki, Artur Steranko

Votes: 638

29. Norte, the End of History (2013)

TV-MA | 250 min | Crime, Drama

81 Metascore

An embittered law student commits a brutal double murder; a family man takes the fall and is forced into a harsh prison sentence; a mother and her two children wander the countryside looking for some kind of redemption.

Director: Lav Diaz | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angeli Bayani, Archie Alemania, Soliman Cruz

Votes: 1,652

30. Child of God (2013)

R | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

50 Metascore

A dispossessed, violent man's disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, Steve Hunter

Votes: 3,759 | Gross: $0.04M

31. Hard to Be a God (2013)

Not Rated | 177 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

90 Metascore

A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko, Yuriy Tsurilo, Evgeniy Gerchakov

Votes: 4,349

32. Somersault in a Coffin (1996)

76 min | Drama

Mahsun is homeless and unemployed. He lives in Rumelihisari (one of the most picturesque and oldest quarters of Istanbul), and tries to stay alive with the help of local fishermen. Mahsun ... See full summary »

Director: Dervis Zaim | Stars: Ahmet Ugurlu, Tuncel Kurtiz, Aysen Aydemir, Serif Erol

Votes: 8,010

33. Concerning Violence (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Drama, History

80 Metascore

The most daring moments in the struggle for liberation from colonial rule.

Director: Göran Olsson | Stars: Lauryn Hill, Kati Outinen, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Gaetano Pagano

Votes: 585

34. Miss Violence (2013)

98 min | Drama

75 Metascore

An unnerving story about a horrid family drama kept behind closed doors, and an elaborate facade where appearances can be deceiving, and nothing is as it seems.

Director: Alexandros Avranas | Stars: Themis Panou, Reni Pittaki, Eleni Roussinou, Sissy Toumasi

Votes: 6,171

35. Devil's Knot (2013)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

42 Metascore

The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a Satanic ritual.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola, James Hamrick

Votes: 19,255

36. Sarki Söyleyen Kadinlar (2013)

120 min | Drama

An island is evacuated because of a possible earthquake, but some people don't comply this order and decide to stay the island.

Director: Reha Erdem | Stars: Binnur Kaya, Philip Arditti, Deniz Hasgüler, Kevork Malikyan

Votes: 626

37. Before Sunrise (2014)

70 min | Drama

Before Sunrise' tries to tell difficulties which all labourers have in the point of Erdal and Merdan's views.

Director: Murat Eroglu | Stars: Ugur Erzengin, Emre Kentmenoglu, Gürkan Korkmaz, Kadir Selcuk

Votes: 19

38. The Herd (1978)

Not Rated | 129 min | Drama

Because of a local blood feud, a peasant family in eastern Turkey decides to sell its sheep - a most precious commodity - in far away Ankara. During their long train ride, bribes must be ... See full summary »

Director: Zeki Ökten | Stars: Tarik Akan, Melike Demirag, Erol Demiröz, Levent Inanir

Votes: 3,882

39. Sürtük (1965)

Drama, Romance

Naciye sings on the streets to live and one day she is discovered by a famous casino owner. Then Naciye falls into love with her piano teacher Cuneyt. Casino owner Ekrem starts to make a trouble.

Director: Ertem Egilmez | Stars: Türkan Soray, Cüneyt Arkin, Ekrem Bora, Ferah Nur

Votes: 87

40. Words and Pictures (2013)

PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

49 Metascore

An art instructor and an English teacher form a rivalry that ends up with a competition at their school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important.

Director: Fred Schepisi | Stars: Clive Owen, Juliette Binoche, Bruce Davison, Amy Brenneman

Votes: 9,569 | Gross: $2.17M

41. The Last of the Unjust (2013)

PG-13 | 220 min | Documentary, History

80 Metascore

A place: Theresienstadt. A unique place of propaganda which Adolf Eichmann called the "model ghetto", designed to mislead the world and Jewish people regarding its real nature, to be the ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Lanzmann | Stars: Benjamin Murmelstein, Claude Lanzmann

Votes: 615 | Gross: $0.04M

42. Next Stop Paradise (1998)

PG-13 | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

The Bucharest's suburb, a torrid summer day. Norica, a waitress and Mitu, a swineherd, meet and tease each other and starts a beverage competition. Their relationship is not just a ... See full summary »

Director: Lucian Pintilie | Stars: Costel Cascaval, Dorina Chiriac, Gheorghe Visu, Victor Rebengiuc

Votes: 1,929

43. Stray Dogs (2013)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama

84 Metascore

An alcoholic man and his two young children barely survive in Taipei. They cross path with a lonely grocery clerk who might help them make a better life.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yi-Ching Lu, Shiang-chyi Chen

Votes: 2,128

44. Sivil (2014)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama

In an operation during his military duty, Emrah (21) has killed a guerilla and found a notebook with a letter in it. Back to his home, he starts a search to find the recipient of the letter, while losing himself in his inner world.

Director: Levent Çetin | Stars: Pinar Göktas, Münibe Millet, Gökay Müftüoglu, Ebru Ojen Sahin

Votes: 17

45. I'm Not Angry! (2014)

110 min | Drama