22 German festival entries at 21st International Film Festival Istanbul

A total of 22 German films and German-international co-productions can be seen at the 21st International Istanbul Film Festival (13. - 28. April 2002).

THE EXPERIMENT (DAS EXPERIMENT) by Oliver Hirschbiegel will take part in the international competition for Germany. Already awarded numerous prizes, the psychological thriller was most recently selected as the German entry for the nominations for the OSCAR for the best foreign language film.


The section ?From Literature to Silver Screen? will present the Franco-German co-production MORTAL TRANSFERT by Jean-Jacques Beineix.


A selection of six EROTIC TALES will be shown as a Special Screening: THE GAS STATION (DIE TANKSTELLE) by Jos Stelling, THE NIGHT NURSE (DIE NACHTSCHWESTER) by Bernd Heiber, KIMONO by Hal Hartley, POWERS by Petr Zelenka, ANGELA by Amos Kollek and WHY DON´T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD? (VERKEHRSINSEL) by Eoin Moore. The collection of 25 shorts is produced by Regina Ziegler, Berlin.

In addition, the sidebar ?Nazim Hikmet is 100 years old? will feature the German production NAZIM HIKMET- DICHTER UND REVOLUTIONÄR by Dieter Oeckl.


Another two sidebars at the festival will show four German-international co-productions. The section ?Young stars of the world cinema? will present CHICO by Ibolya Fekete (Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Chile), BE A STAR (MEIN STERN) by Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Austria) and LOVELY RITA by Jessica Hausner (Germany, Austria), while ?From the World of Festivals? will feature FOOD OF LOVE by Ventura Pons (Germany, Spain).


This year, the festival?s special section ?A Country - A Cinema? is dedicated to contemporary German cinema. The selection covers nine films by young German filmmakers: ANAM by Buket Alakus, ENGEL & JOE by Vanessa Jopp, MOSTLY MARTHA (BELLA MARTHA) by Sandra Nettelbeck, THE TUNNEL (DER TUNNEL) by Roland Suso Richter, PASSING SUMMER (MEIN LANGSAMES LEBEN) by Angela Schanelec, LOVE THE HARD WAY by Peter Sehr, THE DAY BETWEEN (IN DEN TAG HINEIN) by Maria Speth, THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE (ENDSTATION: TANKE) by Nathalie Steinbart and BERLIN IS IN GERMANY by Hannes Stöhr.


The competitive festival, which is recognised by the international producers association FIAPF, is regarded as an annual highlight in Turkish film culture. The festival focuses on films about music, theatre, dance, literature and fine arts. Prizes are awarded for the best film in competition and the best Turkish film as well as for best direction. In addition, there is an audience prize and the FIPRESCI international critics prize.