A good, maybe the best, way to welcome autumn is having a movie festival in the city. Since 2002, the movies of Filmekimi Festival have spread around Istanbul’s cinemas. The venues of the festival change every year, but among the frequently selected venues my favourite movie theatres are Atlas Sineması and Beyoğlu Sineması. They are located on two passage facing each other on İstiklal Caddesi. Atlas has a huge room that even has balconies where it’s a great experience to watch a festival film there. Meanwhile, Beyoğlu Sineması, which is one of oldest independent cinemas of Istanbul, also has a great retro atmosphere.
This year, Filmekimi will take place between 5th and 14th of October. So far, Gaspar Noé’s new horror movie “Climax” and Jia Zhang-ke’s last movie, which competed in Cannes, “Ash is Purest White” have been announced. To follow the news and full schedule, you can follow their website, facebook, instagram and twitter accounts.