2008 ISTANBUL FILM FESTIVAL

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1. Cartouches gauloises (2007)

92 min | Drama

A pair of childhood friends spend a spring together before the summer Algeria's war of Independence.

Director: Mehdi Charef | Stars: Mohamed Faouzi Ali Cherif, Thomas Millet, Tolga Cayir, Julien Amate

Votes: 171

2. 99 francs (2007)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

The life of Octave Parango, a flamboyant ad designer, filled with success, satire, misery and love.

Director: Jan Kounen | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Jocelyn Quivrin, Patrick Mille, Vahina Giocante

Votes: 18,158

3. Alexandra (2007)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, War

85 Metascore

An elderly woman takes a train trip to visit her grandson at his army camp inside Chechnya.

Director: Aleksandr Sokurov | Stars: Galina Vishnevskaya, Vasily Shevtsov, Raisa Gichaeva, Andrei Bogdanov

Votes: 2,435

4. 12 (2007)

PG-13 | 159 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

72 Metascore

Twelve jurors must decide the fate of a Chechen adolescent charged with murdering his stepfather.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Sergey Makovetskiy, Sergey Garmash, Apti Magamaev, Nikita Mikhalkov

Votes: 13,454 | Gross: $0.13M

6. Germany in Autumn (1978)

123 min | Documentary, Drama

Germany in Autumn does not have a plot per se; it mixes documentary footage, along with standard movie scenes, to give the audience the mood of Germany during the late 1970s. The movie ... See full summary »

Directors: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Alf Brustellin, Hans Peter Cloos, Alexander Kluge, Maximiliane Mainka, Edgar Reitz, Katja Rupé, Volker Schlöndorff, Peter Schubert, Bernhard Sinkel | Stars: Wolfgang Bächler, Heinz Bennent, Wolf Biermann, Joachim Bißmeier

Votes: 1,100

7. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporaneous composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 350,108 | Gross: $51.97M

8. Lost Songs of Anatolia (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Documentary, Music

A musical journey among exotic places and people of Anatolia, unique host of ancient civilizations of 10 millennia. The authentic performances recorded live on location spontaneously. With ... See full summary »

Director: Nezih Unen

Votes: 741

9. Motherland Hotel (1987)

101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The lonely proprietor of a small hotel in a provincial Turkish town develops a passion for a departed guest and the reality of routine everyday-life starts crumbling into pieces.

Director: Ömer Kavur | Stars: Macit Koper, Sahika Tekand, Serra Yilmaz, Orhan Çagman

Votes: 3,050

10. Ara (2008)

89 min | Drama

Ara is the story of four people and an empty house. These people are stuck between their past and stormy relationships, between Istanbul and the "homes" they can't get back, between their ... See full summary »

Director: Ümit Ünal | Stars: Erdem Akakçe, Selim Demirdelen, Serhat Tutumluer, Selen Uçer

Votes: 380

11. The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2007)

109 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A romantic drama centered around a young shepherd and shepherdess and the ramifications of their forbidden affair.

Director: Éric Rohmer | Stars: Andy Gillet, Stéphanie Crayencour, Cécile Cassel, Véronique Reymond

Votes: 1,338

12. Animals in Love (2007)

85 min | Documentary

Documentary that shows different animal species from all over the world courting and mating.

Director: Laurent Charbonnier | Star: Cécile de France

Votes: 360

13. A Jihad for Love (2007)

Unrated | 81 min | Documentary

55 Metascore

A documentary on gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims across the Muslim and Western worlds.

Director: Parvez Sharma | Stars: Muhsin Hendricks, A.K. Hoosen, Mazen, Abdellah Taia

Votes: 627 | Gross: $0.11M

14. Love Songs (2007)

Unrated | 91 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

70 Metascore

A musical interpretation of three lovers living in Paris.

Director: Christophe Honoré | Stars: Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Clotilde Hesme, Chiara Mastroianni

Votes: 8,624 | Gross: $0.10M

15. Elegy (I) (2008)

R | 112 min | Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

Cultural critic David Kepesh finds his life, which he indicates is a state of "emancipated manhood", thrown into tragic disarray by Consuela Castillo, a well-mannered student who awakens a sense of sexual possessiveness in her teacher.

Director: Isabel Coixet | Stars: Ben Kingsley, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Dennis Hopper

Votes: 21,405 | Gross: $3.58M

16. In the Arms of My Enemy (2007)

R | 85 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Four men living in Eastern Europe in 1856 get caught up in tales of thievery, murder and revenge.

Director: Micha Wald | Stars: Adrien Jolivet, Grégoire Colin, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, François-René Dupont

Votes: 514

17. Man on the Moon (1999)

R | 118 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

The life and career of legendary comedian Andy Kaufman.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Jim Carrey, Danny DeVito, Gerry Becker, Greyson Erik Pendry

Votes: 119,559 | Gross: $34.58M

18. The Secret of the Grain (2007)

Not Rated | 151 min | Drama

83 Metascore

In southern France, a Franco-Arabic shipyard worker along with his partner's daughter pursues his dream of opening a restaurant.

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Habib Boufares, Hafsia Herzi, Farida Benkhetache, Abdelhamid Aktouche

Votes: 6,586 | Gross: $0.09M

19. The Duchess of Langeais (2007)

Unrated | 137 min | Drama, Music, Romance

74 Metascore

In Majorca, in 1823, a French general, Armand de Montriveau, overhears a cloistered nun singing in a chapel; he insists on speaking to her. She is Antoinette, for five years he has searched... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Rivette | Stars: Jeanne Balibar, Guillaume Depardieu, Bulle Ogier, Michel Piccoli

Votes: 1,228 | Gross: $0.28M

21. Jar City (2006)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Ólafía Hrönn Jónsdóttir

Votes: 4,969

22. Mr. Freedom (1968)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Crime

Mr. Freedom is an all-American superhero that destroys everyone who even remotely disagrees with imperialism. The film accounts his latest assignment to save France from being taken over by the commies.

Director: William Klein | Stars: John Abbey, Delphine Seyrig, Donald Pleasence, Jean-Claude Drouot

Votes: 959

23. I Am from Titov Veles (2007)

102 min | Drama

Three sisters living in an ancient city known for its toxic lead factory strive to break free from their past and get something more out of life in this darkly comic family drama. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Teona Strugar Mitevska | Stars: Labina Mitevska, Ana Kostovska, Nikolina Kujaca, Xhevdet Jashari

Votes: 560

24. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 18,023 | Gross: $0.00M

25. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 18,023 | Gross: $0.00M

26. Ben X (2007)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Thriller

As an alternative to getting bullied at school, an autistic teenager retreats into the world of online role-playing games.

Director: Nic Balthazar | Stars: Marijke Pinoy, Greg Timmermans, Cesar De Sutter, Gilles De Schryver

Votes: 18,023 | Gross: $0.00M

27. I'm Not There (2007)

R | 135 min | Biography, Drama, Music

73 Metascore

Ruminations on the life of Bob Dylan, where six characters embody a different aspect of the musician's life and work.

Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Heath Ledger, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 54,966 | Gross: $4.02M

29. On Fertile Lands (1980)

115 min | Drama

The tragic story of three farm worker who migrates from their village to the cotton land Çukurova.

Director: Erden Kiral | Stars: Yaman Okay, Erkan Yücel, Nur Sürer, Tuncel Kurtiz

Votes: 447

30. Berlin (2007)

PG-13 | 85 min | Documentary, Music

72 Metascore

Lou Reed's 2006 live concert performance of his 1973 concept album "Berlin", filmed over five nights at St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn, New York.

Director: Julian Schnabel | Stars: Lou Reed, Fernando Saunders, Sharon Jones, Anohni

Votes: 659 | Gross: $0.03M

31. A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2007)

Unrated | 83 min | Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The book is a collection of stories about life in modern China and the United States.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Henry O, Pasha D. Lychnikoff, Feihong Yu, Vida Ghahremani

Votes: 1,010 | Gross: $0.08M

32. An American Crime (2007)

R | 98 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The true story of suburban housewife Gertrude Baniszewski, who kept a teenage girl locked in the basement of her Indiana home during the 1960s.

Director: Tommy O'Haver | Stars: Ellen Page, Hayley McFarland, Nick Searcy, Romy Rosemont

Votes: 30,817

33. Loves of a Blonde (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Romance, Drama

A factory manager in rural Czechoslovakia bargains with the army to send men to the area, to boost the morale of his young female workers, deprived of male company since the local boys have... See full summary »

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Hana Brejchová, Vladimír Pucholt, Vladimír Mensík, Josef Sebánek

Votes: 6,893

34. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 18,230 | Gross: $1.14M

35. Unfinished Sky (2007)

94 min | Drama, Romance

An Outback farmer takes in an Afghani woman who has fled from a brothel.

Director: Peter Duncan | Stars: William McInnes, Monic Hendrickx, Milo, Bille Brown

Votes: 960

36. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII (Eric Bana).

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 99,638 | Gross: $26.81M

37. Grands soirs & petits matins (1978)

240 min | Documentary

Klein filmed the meetings, barricades, debates, lectures, and the occupations in universities during May 1968.

Director: William Klein | Stars: Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Renaud, Alain Resnais

Votes: 92

38. Glass Lips (2007)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

This dialog-free film, originally presented as 33 short films, is an experimental, bizarre set of meditations and flashbacks of the grotesque.

Director: Lech Majewski | Stars: Joanna Litwin, Grzegorz Przybyl, Patryk Czajka, Ryszarda Celinska

Votes: 189

39. My Love (2006)

26 min | Animation, Short, Drama

In nineteenth-century Russia, a teenage boy in search of love is drawn to two very different women.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Aleksandr Palamishev, Aleksandra Zhivova, Evgeniya Kryukova, Nina Ruslanova

Votes: 1,340

40. The Cow (1989)

10 min | Animation, Short, Drama

In the outback, on the railway station there lives a family. 4th grade schoolboy Vasya Rubtsov is experiencing the death of his beloved best friend the cow. The boy remembers how they used ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Nikolai Gusarov, Lyubov Teplova, Kostya Panov

Votes: 800

41. The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1992)

20 min | Animation, Short, Drama

Dostoevsky's "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man" tells the story of a desperate man disenchanted with the world and at the verge of committing suicide. But when a little girl comes his way ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Star: Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Votes: 843

42. The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

20 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

An old fisherman goes out on his fishing trip and makes a huge catch, the biggest of his life.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Stars: Gordon Pinsent, Kevin Duhaney, Yôji Matsuda, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 3,636

43. Mermaid (1997)

10 min | Animation, Short, Fantasy

An elderly monk, while training the young novice who will succeed him, recalls the mysterious lost love of his past - just as his young successor appears to be encountering her himself.

Director: Aleksandr Petrov | Star: Evgeniya Smolyaninova

Votes: 895

44. Chiko (2008)

92 min | Crime, Drama

Loyalty between two friends is stretched to its limit by one's deception.

Director: Özgür Yildirim | Stars: Denis Moschitto, Moritz Bleibtreu, Volkan Özcan, Reyhan Sahin

Votes: 3,527