21st August 2019
Beykoz Kundura Istanbul’s newest cultural hub announces film season

In conjunction with the opening of the 16th Istanbul Biennial of the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), Kundura Cinema will feature a special selection of thematic screenings as part of a programme entitled ​As Real Becomes Surreal (​14 September – 9 November​). Curated by ​Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein​ and ​S. Buse Yıldırım​, four shorts and one full-length feature film has been specially selected for their resonance with the biennial theme ‘The Seventh Continent’, centred around the relationship and impact of human activities on the planet.

S. Buse Yıldırım, Managing Artistic Director at Beykoz Kundura and Pia Chakraverti-Wuerthwein, Curatorial Advisor of Kundura Cinema commented: “In the face of climate degradation that would have seemed impossible, absurd, or surreal if seen from the past, there is a need for mythology or irrational explanations for the inexplicable. In our program As Real Becomes Surreal we explore the practices of artists who have turned to myth and fantasy as a means of addressing the contemporary world. Addressing topics ranging from urban decay to the relationship of humanity and its surroundings, many of the artists draw on their own biographies and bodies, and throughout the works the natural environment is personified, demanding space and agency upon the screen.”

For further information, please visit beykozkundura.com/en

Image Credit: The Open Forest by Barbara Marcel, 2017, 24: 35. Courtesy of Kundura Cinema.