Young at Heart
From Poland with Love

December 10 - December 27, 2014

Pera Film’s Young at Heart: From Poland with Love program presents a selection of films representing works by the new, young and talented Polish film directors. Produced between the years 2008 and 2013, the selected films were awarded at international film festivals and hailed with enthusiasm. The common theme of this selection mostly concerns the cultural clash of the value of systems: Catholicism vs. atheism, idealism in contrast with cynicism, and solidarity vs. the wild capitalism. The stories break historical and moral taboos as well as question the meaning of democracy. They also expose topics and problems such as guilt, sins, exploitation, justice and social exclusion. A portrait of contemporary Poland is presented as an economic phenomenon being eroded by violence, greed, and misplaced values. Some of the films must be regarded as an unusual and brave attempt exposing the sexist social attitudes, which still persist in the modern-day country. The undisputed leader of the new generation of young filmmakers is Małgorzata Szumowska (b. 1973). She especially focuses on women placed in extreme situations. Her most prominent film 33 Scenes from Life about the inability to mourn close relatives was awarded the Special Jury Prize at Locarno International Festival. Another promising director, Tomasz Wasilewski of Floating Skyscrapers, directed the first gay themed film in Poland (winner East of West Award in Karlove Vary). The youngest director of the selection is Jan Komasa (b. 1981) of Suicide Room, an emotional teen drama, which premiered at Berlinale.

Director and screenwriter Leszek Dawid will be in conversation in the context of the program.

This event is organized as part of the 2014 cultural program, celebrating the 600th anniversary of Polish-Turkish diplomatic relations. turkiye.culture.pl

 

December 10

19:00 Mother Teresa of Cats

December 12

21:00 33 Scenes from Life

December 13

14:00 Floating Skyscrapers

16:00 Life Feels Good

19:00 Lasting Moments

December 14

14:00 Tricks

16:00 33 Scenes from Life

18:00 Mother Teresa of Cats

December 20

15:00 You Are God

19:00 Suicide Room

December 21

16:00 Suicide Room

18:00 Life Feels Good

December 24

19:00 Floating Skyscrapers

December 27

14:00 Lasting Moments

16:00 Tricks

19:00 You Are God

You Are God

You Are God

Suicide Room

Suicide Room

Mother Teresa of Cats

Mother Teresa of Cats

Floating Skyscrapers

Floating Skyscrapers

Life Feels Good

Life Feels Good

Lasting Moments

Lasting Moments

Tricks

Tricks

33 Scenes from Life

33 Scenes from Life

Program Trailer

Young at Heart
From Poland with Love

Young at Heart: From Poland with Love program presents a selection of films representing works by the new, young and talented Polish film directors. The common theme of this selection mostly concerns the cultural clash of the value of systems: Catholicism vs. atheism, idealism in contrast with cynicism, and solidarity vs. the wild capitalism.

Orientalism in Polish Art

The exhibition highlighted the orientalist trend in Polish painting, as well as drawings and graphic arts. The works in the exhibition covered a wide period from the 17th to the early 19th centuries.

Orientalism in Polish Art

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

A Photographer’s Biography Ali Sami Aközer

Ali Sami is born in Rusçuk in 1866, and moves to İstanbul. Because his family is registered in the Beylerbeyi quarter of Üsküdar, Ali Sami is also called Üsküdarlı Ali Sami. He graduates from the Mühendishane-i Berri-i Hümayun in 1866 and becomes a teacher of painting and photography at the school.

Turquerie

Turquerie

Having penetrated the Balkans in the fourteenth century, conquered Constantinople in the fifteenth, and reached the gates of Vienna in the sixteenth, the Ottoman Empire long struck fear into European hearts. 

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.