Suddenly A Stranger Appears

September 20 - November 10 2019

Pera Museum is hosting the 16th Istanbul Biennial between September 14 - November 10, 2019. As part of the Suddenly A Stranger Appears program inspired by the Biennial’s The Seventh Continent theme, Pera Film brings cinematic masterpieces that combine the memory of nature and society and encourage us to question our level of alienation to the world in which we live and the extent of our contribution to this alienation. 

The program which includes screenings between September 20 - November 10, features seventeen films focusing on global transformation, the ages-long phenomenon of transformation experienced by civilizations and humanity’s cosmic footprint including; Nanook of the North, which depicts the lives of the indigenous Inuit people of Canada's northern Quebec region and is regarded as the first full-length, anthropological documentary in cinematographic history, The Sounds of Science, a selection of short films by French filmmaker and scientist Jean Painlevé which has a special place in surrealist cinema, Sakawa, a documentary film that lays bare the entire Ghanaian scamming industry targeting the online dating sites, through the eyes of the perpetrators, Planet of the Apes, which is about a group of astronauts crash-landing on another planet where a completely different species thrives.

This program’s screenings are free of admissions. Drop in, no reservations. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

September 20

19:00 The Sounds of Science

21:00 Beuys

September 21

15:00 Princess Mononoke

September 22

15:00 Planet of the Apes

September 25

19:00 O Brother, Where Art Thou?

September 28

15:00 Frozen River

October 2

19:00 One Man Dies A Million Times

October 4

19:00 Sakawa

October 6

13:00 The Sounds of Science

October 9

19:00 Princess Mononoke

October 11

19:00 Nanook of the North

October 12

15:00 Beuys

October 13

13:00 O Brother, Where Art Thou?

October 16

19:00 Frozen River

October 18

19:00 Yuva

October 23

19:00 One Man Dies A Million Times

October 30

19:00 Planet of the Apes

November 3

15:00 Sakawa

November 6

19:00 Yuva

November 10

18:00 Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North

Nanook of the North

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Frozen River

Frozen River

Beuys

Beuys

Sakawa

Sakawa

Yuva

Yuva

One Man Dies A Million Times

One Man Dies A Million Times

The Sounds of Science

The Sounds of Science

Suddenly A Stranger Appears

Inspired by the Biennial’s The Seventh Continent theme, Pera Film brings cinematic masterpieces that combine the memory of nature and society and encourage us to question our level of alienation to the world in which we live and the extent of our contribution to this alienation.

16th Istanbul Biennial

Pera Museum will host the 16th Istanbul Biennial, organized by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV). The theme of the biennial, curated by French curator, author and academic Nicolas Bourriaud; is The Seventh Continent.

16th Istanbul Biennial

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

From Cypresses to Turkish Landscapes

Among the most interesting themes in the oeuvre of Prassinos are cypresses, trees, and Turkish landscapes. The cypress woods in Üsküdar he saw every time he stepped out on the terrace of their house in İstanbul or the trees in Petits Champs must have been strong images of childhood for Prassinos. 

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

Five Unmissable Istanbul Paintings of Félix Ziem

The exhibition Wanderer on the Sea of Light presents Ziem as an artist who left his mark on 19th century painting and who is mostly known for his paintings of Istanbul and Venice, where the city and the sea are intertwined. Take a look at this 5 unmissable Istanbul paintings from the exhibition!

Dancing on Architecture

Dancing on Architecture

I think it was Frank Zappa – though others claim it was Laurie Anderson – who said in an interview that ‘writing on music is much like dancing on architecture’.