!F ISTANBUL INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL STARTS With this year’s theme "There is life!", the 17th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival will bring the best films of the independent cinema, together with the most talked-about and awarded films of the year, to the filmgoers of Istanbul, between 15-25th of February 2018.

A total of 111 film from 36 countries and 120 directors will be shown in the festival, which will host the Turkey premiers of this year's most anticipated films including "Phantom Thread", "Lady Bird", "The Disaster Artist" and "Professor Marston & The Wonder Woman".

The opening film of the festival is "Lady Bird", written and directed by Greta Gerwig, the queen of the American independent cinema in 2010s. Being among the most powerful candidates in the Oscar race, "Lady Bird" was praised by Time Out as "a beauty fluttering its wings with a youthful rhythm."

In the Galas section of the festival, outstanding productions of the award season will be screened, including those which attracted attention in the important film festivals such as Sundance, Venice, Toronto and Cannes.

One of the most awaited premiers of the festival is "Phantom Thread". Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and set in the 1950s’ London, it tells the story of two prominent designer siblings in the English fashion world. Daniel Day-Lewis, the only actor in history who won the Best Actor Oscar three times, had announced his retirement while shooting "Phantom Thread", so this will be the last chance to see the great actor on silver screen.

Among the novelties of this year’s !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival is the !f Fresh section. Bringing together the movies produced or set in Turkey in the last year, !f Fresh aims to be the meeting point for the young, gifted, promising and innovative directors, who are chasing new words and new stories. There are nine films in this section, seven of which will be shown for the first time in Turkey. Also, one of the films in the !f Fresh section will win !f Fresh Audience Award that will be given for the first time this year.

The closing film of !f Istanbul will be "The Disaster Artist", which brought James Franco the Best Actor Award in the Golden Globes. The film is about the making of the 2003-film "The Room," considered one of the worst films of all time and became a cult with the beauty of its badness.

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