The Beaten Track

January 31 - February 26, 2023

Pera Film's first program of the new year, the Beaten Track, begins its screenings on January 31st!

Within the scope of the exhibition Istanbuls Today, which opened at Pera Museum in December, the program includes nine film examples from experimental, documentary and fiction genres. The word “uğrak” (the beaten track), which is thought to originate from the Turkish-Mongolian language family, means to stop by and go. The word uğrak, transformed over the years to mean to make a temporary stop and to go frequently, allows us to show the films that transform Istanbul into a place of a haunt.

Until February 26, the program includes Alain Robbe-Grillet's directorial debut The Immortal, in which the static hotel setting of Marienbad is replaced by a magical, surrealistically static Istanbul; Merlyn Solakhan's The City and Tongue Twister, which have rarely been seen in Turkey and which construct Istanbul sometimes as a set, sometimes as a setting, but mostly as the main character of the story; Zombie and the Ghost Train, a tragicomedy directed by Mika Kaurismäki about Zombie, a young musician trying to find a place for himself in a band and in the world; and Maurice Pialat's Turkish Chronicles, a series of five lyrical short films by Maurice Pialat, who traveled to Turkey in 1964 and dedicated himself to the history and people of the country.

Tickets will be available at Biletix and the museum. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

January 31

19:00 The City

February 3

20:00 The Immortal

February 8

19:00 Tongue Twister

February 10

19:00 The Immortal

February 15

19:00 Zombie and The Ghost Train

February 17

19:30 Turkish Chronicles

21:00 Tongue Twister

February 22

19:00 The City

February 24

19:00 Zombie and The Ghost Train

February 26

18:30 Turkish Chronicles

The Immortal

The Immortal

The City

The City

Tongue Twister

Tongue Twister

Zombie and The Ghost Train

Zombie and The Ghost Train

Turkish Chronicles

Turkish Chronicles

Istanbuls Today

Istanbuls Today is a photography exhibition that offers a comprehensive look into contemporary visual narratives from various Istanbuls that are shaped and experienced concurrently with the hope of creating a layered and innovative view of Istanbul's present.

Istanbuls Today

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn (1901-1974)

Louis Isadore Kahn was born in 1901 to a Jewish family in Pärnu, Russia (today Estonia), far from Philadelphia where he spent his whole life, worked, fell in love, and breathed his last. Kahn family emigrated to America when he was five years old. 

Cindy Sherman Look At Me!

Cindy Sherman Look At Me!

The exhibition Look at Me! Portraits and Other Fictions from the ”la Caixa” Contemporary Art Collection examines portraiture, one of the oldest artistic genres, through a significant number of works of our times. Through the exhibition we will be sharing about the artists and sections in Look At Me!.

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

Mosques in the 18th and 19th Century Paintings

In the works of western painters, we encounter mosques as the primary architectural elements that reflect the identity of the city of Istanbul. Often we can recognize the depicted landscape as Istanbul simply from the mosques.