The Builders of Happiness
Albanian Cinema

October 23 - November 14, 2020

In its new program, Pera Film offers an insight to the era explored in the exhibition Constructing A Dream on view at Pera Museum, inviting the audience to a journey through Albanian cinema. The program titled The Builders of Happiness features three films shot in Albania in recent years, with a special focus on Albanian social realism. The films tell the stories of characters who strive to build a new beginning, a happy and ideal world in their own lives.

Running from October 23rd to November 14th, the program includes Bota, which impeccably evokes the atmosphere of a place where the past encroaches upon individuals' life, with a period score and enthralling long shots; Babai, filmed entirely from the perspective of a child and critically acclaimed for its exploration of the migration theme and the complicated bond between a father and a son in a problematic situation; and Open Door, a road movie which forges an extraordinary narration around the themes of sisterhood and patriarchal family traditions, and had its world premiere in the competition program of last year's Sarajevo Film Festival.

Screening tickets are 10 TL (reduced museum admission). Tickets are available at Biletix. As per legal regulations, all our screenings are restricted to persons over 18 years of age, unless stated otherwise.

October 23

18:00 Open Door

October 24

15:00 Father

October 31

15:00 Bota

November 4

18:00 Father

November 7

15:00 Open Door

November 14

15:00 Bota

Bota

Bota

Father

Father

Open Door

Open Door

Program Trailer

The Builders of Happiness
Albanian Cinema

In its new program, Pera Film offers an insight to the era explored in the exhibition Constructing A Dream on view at Pera Museum, inviting the audience to a journey through Albanian cinema. 

Constructing a Dream

The exhibition focused on Albanian socialist realism through painting, poster and drawings, and it offered a selection of artworks produced under the dictatorship that aimed to spread socialism’s main principles among the proletarian.

Constructing a Dream

Giacometti in Paris

Giacometti in Paris

The second part of exhibition illustrates Alberto Giacometti’s relations with Post-Cubist artists and the Surrealist movement between 1922 and 1935, one of the important sculptures series he created during his first years in Paris, and the critical role he played in the art scene of the period.

Fluid Identities  Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

Fluid Identities Creating an Identity / Hybrid Identities

A firm believer in the idea that a collection needs to be upheld at least by four generations and comparing this continuity to a relay race, Nahit Kabakcı began creating the Huma Kabakcı Collection from the 1980s onwards. Today, the collection can be considered one of the most important and outstanding examples among the rare, consciously created, and long-lasting ones of its kind in Turkey.

The First Nudes

The First Nudes

Men were the first nudes in Turkish painting. The majority of these paintings were academic studies executed in oil paint; they were part of the education of artists that had finally attained the opportunity to work from the live model. The gender of the models constituted an obstacle in the way of characterizing these paintings as ‘nudes’.