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Pier Paolo Pasolini's films and a photo exhibition on the Turkish setting of his 'Medea' in Istanbul
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Pier Paolo Pasolini’s films and a photo exhibition on the Turkish setting of his ‘Medea’ in Istanbul

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A retrospective and a photo exhibition to celebrate Pasolini's centenary on the Bosphorus.
Pasolini 100 - Istanbul. Particolare di locandina.
Pasolini 100 – Istanbul. Particolare di locandina.

To mark the centenary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s birth, the Italian Embassy in Ankara and the Italian Cultural Institute of Istanbul invite two events to be held in the spaces of the Cineteca-Casa del Cinema in Kadikoy/Istanbul: a retrospective with screenings of Pasolini’s films, between 17 May and 3 July, and an exhibition entitled ‘Pasolini’s Cappadocia: visions and reflections of a director’, with photographs of the film ‘Medea’ shot in Cappadocia, from 20 May to 12 August.

The Cineteca-Casa del Cinema is thrilled to host the film retrospective of a courageous director, as well as an Italian poet, screenwriter, writer, actor and playwright.

An author and intellectual who observed with great attention the changes in Italian society from the aftermath of the Second World War until the mid-1970s, going so far as to foresee for his times certain negative consequences that were later to occur in the years to come. He was a controversial figure at times, who aroused strong controversy and heated debates in political circles and public opinion due to the radical nature of his judgments, which targeted the bourgeois habits of the emerging consumer society, as well as the 1968 movement and its protagonists. His painful relationship with his own homosexuality was central to his public persona.

The retrospective includes screenings in the original language with Turkish subtitles, of 14 films by Pasolini and a film entitled ‘Pasolini’ by Abel Ferrara shot in 2014.

In addition to the screenings, the event open to the public includes talks, interviews and panels aimed at getting to know the master filmmaker better and opening spaces for stimulating discussions on his cinema.

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