June 4-30, 2020
Istanbul Modern Cinema continues its online screenings with a new program titled The Door is Open. This four film selection which takes place in different geographies from Japan to Italy, focuses on characters whose lives have changed due to a significant event, while observing situations that reflect our current circumstance when the concept of social relations, the dichotomy of the home and the outside, facing reality outside the front door, has gained new meanings.
AFTER THE STORM (UMİ YORİ MO MADA FUKAKU), 2016
Japan | HDD, Color, 118’ | Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Cast: Hiroshi Abe, Yôko Maki, Satomi Kobayashi
Ryota is a father whose actual profession is writing but it has been 15 years since he wrote his novel and his “muses” have deserted him together with his self-esteem. When Ryota, who gambles away every cent he earns, realizes that his beautiful ex-wife is building a new life for herself, he decides he will try to become a good father again. One night a strong storm hits, stranding him at his mother’s apartment with his ex-wife and son and giving the entire family the opportunity to confront the past and their current situation. Palme d’Or-winning veteran director Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s After the Storm was screened in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes.
France, Switzerland, Belgium | HDD, Color, 95’ | French
Director: Ursula Meier
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Olivier Gourmet, Kacey Mottet Klein
Marthe, Michel, and their three children lead a modest, happy life, in a house right by a highway that has not been used for ten years. Their lives turn upside down when the highway is opened to traffic. Living in an isolated area next to a road that is not in use gave the family a sense of freedom and seclusion, but when this is suddenly taken from them, their “normal” life is upended. With the ever-growing traffic noise, the pollution caused by it, and the loss of their privacy, the family becomes trapped in an increasingly shrinking space and is finally forced to find a way out.
THE APPLE (SIB),1998
Iran | HDD, Color, 86’ | Persian
Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Cast: Massoumeh Naderi, Zahra Naderi, Ghorban Ali Naderi
Filmed by Iranian director Samira Makhmalbaf when she was 18, The Apple is inspired by a true story that took place in south Tehran and focuses on two twin sisters who were locked inside their home by their father for 12 years. When neighbors report the situation, the girls come out for the first time after 12 years. The young director uses a style that hovers between documentary and fiction to convey the sisters’ encounter with the outside world and their father’s “overprotective” attitude. The Apple won a FIPRESCI Special Mention at Locarno and was nominated for the Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard awards at Cannes.
THE WONDERS (LE MERAVIGLIE), 2014
Italy, Switzerland, Germany | HDD, Color, 110’ | Italian, French, German
Director: Alice Rohrwacher
Cast: Monica Belluci, Alba Rohrwacher, Margarete Tiesel
In her second feature film, which won the Grand Prix at Cannes, Alice Rohrwaher focuses on a family of beekeepers living in a remote village, and in particular on their eldest adolescent daughter Gelsomina. The father, although not ill-intentioned, is an irascible man who himself works hard like a bee, striving to provide for his family. Gelsomina, who helps her father tend to the bees, signs her family up for a TV talent show that offers a cash prize and a luxury cruise. This move to solve their money problems, and also a little bit to get approval, will change the whole family’s life. Nothing will ever be the same again.