For the third year running, SIFF Cinema presents the Seattle Turkish Film Festival, beginning with an opening gala this Friday, November 6, 6:30 PM at Pacific Place in downtown Seattle. Stay for a screening of director Onur Ünlü’s feature Let’s Sin, about a murder at prayer and the fraught investigation thereafter. The film stars Serkan Kreskin, who will be in attendance at the premiere, along with other VIP filmmakers in Turkey, including director Kaan Müjdeci, actress Hazal Kaya and actor/director Ali Atay.
Another festival highlight includes a screening of Sivas, Turkey’s official selection for the 88th Academy Awards in the category of Foreign Language Film. Director Kaan Müjdeci really knows how to pull on my heartstrings; his film is about an 11-year-old boy and his relationship with a weathered old fighting dog.
See which films take the top prizes at the festival’s second annual Short Film Competition. The short films session goes down at SIFF Film Center on Sunday, November 8 at 1 PM, and will including a screening of the top three winners, chosen by esteemed members of the Seattle arts and films community, along with several other finalists.
For a full list of the short film winners and finalists, a complete event schedule and ticketing information, visit the official site at STFF.org/en/
Seattle Turkish Film Festival 2015 Highlights
Opening Night Gala with Screening of Let’s Sin
When: Friday, November 6 at 6:30 PM
Where: Gordon Biersch Brewery and AMC Pacific Place (600 Pine St)
Kaan Müjdeci’s Sivas
When: Saturday, November 7 at 1:30 PM
Where: SIFF Cinema Uptown (511 Queen Anne Avenue N.)
Short Film Competition
When: Sunday, November 8 at 1 PM
Where: SIFF Film Center (305 Harrison St)