This week in culture and art (April 8 – April 14): Our choice for you

Curated by: Edanur Tanış & Tuğbanur Toprak

As Medyascope, we’ve gathered for you the movies and games to watch this week, as well as the exhibits to visit. Have fun in advance.

Do you find it difficult to decide what to watch when dozens of movies are released every week? This week we’ve selected the movies that were released before that we can watch again. Have fun in advance!

“Annette”, produced by director Leos Carax with the iconic American music group Sparks, is a musical film that will open the Cannes Film Festival in 2021.

The film tells the love story of world-famous soprano Ann and her stand-up comedian husband Henry. The couple’s passionate love stories are turned upside down after they have a child. At the end of the film we see Adam Driver, who plays the character of Henry, in the role of a human who comes to the fore with his toxic masculinity and exposes Annette to his exploitation with details such as making money from Annette.

“Annette” will be screened as part of an Institut français Istanbul program in April, which will bring four French films together with the public. The screenings will take place at the Institut français Istanbul cinema. The films in the program, from 9 to 30 April, will be screened weekly in two sessions on Saturday and Sunday.

The screenings of “Annette” will take place on April 10-17 and 24 at 7:00 PM.

You can watch the film’s trailer here, and if you’d like to buy your ticket, you can find it here.

“Girls Gang” is the third feature film from director Celine Sciamma. The film depicts the life of a group of black high school students living in the suburbs of Paris. Focused on friendship and peer pressure, 16-year-old Marieme, unable to continue her school life due to her low grades, finds herself in a group of three girls.

Pera Film brings stories that put women at the center with the “Strong Together” program, organized with the “Shut up Bitsin” platform, which was founded by female filmmakers to combat sexual harassment and discrimination on sets. “Girls Gang” will be screened for free on April 8, 7:30 p.m. as part of the program.

You can watch the trailer for the film here.

  • 41st Istanbul Film Festival

Organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) with support from the TR Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the film festival will be held for the 41st time this year. The festival, which screens 135 feature films and 22 short films, will meet the public in various places in Istanbul between 8 and 19 April. Cinematheque/Cinema House is one of the places where the festival will take place for the first time this year.

The program of the festival, which can be seen in cinemas again after two years, can be found here.

You can access the festival tickets via the İKSV box office, the Passo website and Passo Mobil.

Games to see

Although it is very difficult to produce in Turkey, many plays premiere weekly during the season. When there are so many games on stage, it’s hard to choose. Every week we choose for you the plays we like from city and state theaters as well as private theaters.

Mother, the first play in the trilogy by French writer Floran Zeller, is a play about family structure and family members.

In the play, a modern mother feels lost in the male family structure and feels like her life is slipping away from her. Engin Hepileri, Doğa Halis and Sevda Erginci join Defne Kayalar in the role of mother.

Location: Istanbul – Kadıköy, Fashion Podium

Ticket price – Full: 110 TL, discount: 77 TL

Detailed information about the game and tickets can be found here.

When we talk about theatrical plays, it is impossible not to forget that special scenes go through difficult times. The gradual application of electricity tariffs and a 125 percent increase left private theaters, classified as commercial establishments, in an economically difficult situation. Unable to pay the increased electricity bill, Moda Sahnesi was shut down on March 10 and reopened after the responses. On April 5, the Moda Sahnesi’s electricity went out for the second time. Plays are now played in the dark.

You can reach our news about what happened at Moda Sahnesi here.

Nilüfer City Theater, whose general art director is Murat Daltaban, premiered their new play “The Shortest Night of Love” on Thursday March 24, 2022.

In the game, Straight Bob, 35, is a lonely young man who doesn’t have much money and does illegal work, but can’t quite do it right. Helena, the same age who joins her on stage, is a young woman who has a good home and profession, does not get the attention she wants from her partner and is afraid of being alone and alone. The play tells of how these two young people fall in love amid the pressures of their environment and the unease they feel on their shoulders.

We were among those who attended the premiere of “The Shortest Night of Love” and were among the first to see the play.

You can find our news where we spoke with Murat Daltaban, the director of the play, Özlem Zeynep Dinsel, who played the character Helena in the play, and Mert Tiryaki, who played the character of Dümdüz Bob.

The play is based on the classic work of the French writer Jules Verne and is about the travel adventure of Mr. Fogg. The actor Can Albayrak, who we see on stage, plays a man named Mr. Fogg, who believes he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days under the conditions of 1872 London. Mr. Fogg believes he can do it so well that he even bets on it. His faithful servant Passepartout accompanies him on this adventure, followed by Detective Fix, who has convinced him that Fogg is an outlaw.

Location: Istanbul – Beyoğlu, Atatürk Cultural Center

Ticket price – Full: 50 TL, discount: 30 TL

Detailed information about the game and tickets can be found here.


If you want to visit an exhibition this weekend, we’ve put together the newly opened exhibitions for you, where different works, interesting materials are used and striking themes are discussed. Have fun in advance.

Artist Gülcan Şenyuvalı’s exhibition entitled “Prince on a white horse (!)”, based on the rhetoric of “feminicide is political”, opened to the public on March 18 in the main hall of Ferda Art Platform.

The exhibition focuses on the artist’s works that symbolize violence against women through the story of “Bluebeard”, referring to clichés such as redeeming men or a heroic prince on a white horse.

In the exhibition, which consists of hand stitches made on a canvas and 17 pieces of fabric, the works consist of lifelike images of girls, not fairytale images.

The gallery is open to visitors between 11am and 7pm, except on Sundays and Mondays.

The exhibition can be visited free of charge until April 20, 2022.

Place: Istanbul – Sisli, Ferda Art Platform

Artist Canan Bozbağ’s third solo exhibition in Istanbul, “Cycle/Revolution Daim”, opened to the public on April 22.

The exhibition includes sculptures converted from previous works by the artist. Similar “Everything is the same, but nothing is the same. Same material, same feel, but not the sameReference is made to the metaphor ”.

Location: Istanbul – Sisli, SODA Art Gallery

The gallery is open to visitors between 11am and 6pm, except on Sundays and Mondays.
The exhibition can be visited free of charge until April 22, 2022.

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