Istanbul Art Fairs

Istanbul hosted two international art fairs this month. ArtInternational (16 – 18 September 2013) was a new event in the city featuring contemporary art. Over sixty galleries from Turkey, the Middle East, Europe and the US participated. 4 – 5,00 attended on the opening day. And at the close of the fair an estimated € 21,000,000 in sales to collectors was reported.


Challenges this year included the Gezi Park protests in June that began with opposition to construction of a mall that would eliminate one of the few public spaces in the heart of Istanbul. These soon spread to other parts of the country and broadened to include complaints about Prime Minster Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s policies that secularists claimed were limiting personal freedom and moving the country in a more religiously conservative direction.

Fulya Erdemci, curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial (14 September – 20 October 2013), decided to embrace the controversy rather than ignore the situation. The theme for this year’s events Mom, Am I Barbarian? focuses on the place of public art in society. All exhibitions are free but the biennial will not install art in public spaces.

More information about ArtInternational and Istanbul Biennial online.

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Time Warp

A Sicilian volunteer on his way to fight for the Republican forces in the Spanish Civil War during 1937 falls from the sky into the peaceful countryside of Salamanca in 2012.


The Year And The Vineyard directed by Jonathan Cenzual (Spain) 2012 is a delightfully irreverent film with an abundance of warmth and humor.

This cinematic gem screens Sunday and Monday 6 & 7 October 2013 at the Rafael Film Center as part of Mill Valley Film Festival 36. More information and tickets at MVFF.

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Marin Reels

Mill Valley Film Festival 36 runs 3 – 13 October 2013 with screenings at the Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael and Cinearts Sequoia in Mill Valley.


Features include: Al Helm: Martin Luther King In Palestine directed by Connie Field (US) 2013; Belleville Baby directed by Mia Engberg (Sweden 2012); The Best Offer directed by Giuseppe Tornatore (Italy) 2013; Blue Is The Warmest Color directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (France) 2013; Capital directed by Costa-Gavras (France) 2012; Cheba directed by Francoise Charpiat; The Dandelions directed by Carine Tardieu (France) 2012; Lumumba directed by Raoul Peck (France) 2000; One Man’s Show directed by Newton I. Aduaka (Nigeria/France) 2012; The Past directed by Asghar Farhadi (France/Italy) 2012: The Year And The Vineyard directed by Jonathan Cenzuel (Spain) 2013; Yema (Algeria) 2012; and Zaytoun directed by Eran Rikiis (UK/Israel) 2012.

Also the California Film Institute will honor Greek-born director Costa-Gavras in a tribute program that includes a conversation, moderated by Peter Coyote, and a showing of his latest film, Capital. More information about the entire festival program available at the Mill Valley Film Festival.

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Mohamed Diab Residency

Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab was chosen as the 2013 artist-in-residence by the San Francisco Film Society. He will be in the Bay Area 1 – 15 October 2013 to participate in high school and college classroom appearances, a screening of his debut feature film, Cairo 678 (Egypt) 2010 at New People Cinema (1746 Post Street between Buchanan and Webster in San Francisco) Thursday 10 October 2013 at 7:00 PM, and a free artist talk at FilmHouse (1426 Fillmore Street between Ellis and O’Farrell in San Francisco) Monday 14 October 2013 at 5:00 PM. For more information, tickets, and reservations see the San Francisco Film Society web site.

diab film residency

Mohamed Diab was born 1977 in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and migrated to Egypt. After receiving a degree in commerce from Suez Canal University in Ismallia, a small city east of Cairo, he majored in cinema at the New York Film Academy. He wrote the scripts for four other films before directing Cairo 678, which deals with the sexual harassment of women in Egypt.

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