17th Edition of the  Boston Turkish Film & Music Festival opens on Thursday, March 22, 6:30 p.m., at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, with the screening of "Sideway" by  acclaimed filmmaker Tayfun Pirselimoğlu.  Q&A with the director, the festival opening reception and performance by music group Esthema follow the screening.

The 2018 Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award will be presented to prominent actor, author, screenplay writer and director Ercan Kesal on Thursday, March 22nd  after the screening of  Sideway.

 Film program of the Festival continues until April 8th  with the screenings of  high-caliber films at MFA, most making their North America premieres and/or currently in competition in international festivals.

The following feature films are in the festival program: “Sideway” (Yol Kenarı) by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, “Yellow Heat” (Sarı Sıcak) by Fikret Reyhan, “Gone with the Hazelnuts” (Fındıktan Sonra) by Ercan Kesal,  “Rosso Istanbul” (İstanbul Kırmızısı) by Ferzan Özpetek,  “Big Big World” (Koca Dünya) by Reha Erdem, “The Guest (Aleppo-Istanbul)” (Misafir (Halep-Istanbul)) by Andaç Haznedaroğlu ,“Ayla – The Daughter of War” by Can Ulkay,“Murtaza” by Özgür Sevimli, “NUBLU: Music of Now” by Sercan Sezgin, “Sour Apples” (Ekşi Elmalar) by Yılmaz Erdoğan,  “The Smell of Money” (Paranın Kokusu) by Ahmet Boyacıoğlu,  In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)  by Fatih Akın, “What a Crush” (Ailecek Şaşkınız) by Selçuk Aydemir, Dream (Rüya) by Derviş Zaim.

The award recipient  films of the BTF Documentary & Short Film Competition will be screened on April 1st.  A panel discussion moderated by film critic Peter Keough

will follow the screenings. Winners of the Documentary Film Competition are “The Border” (Hudut) by Batuhan Kurt for Best Documentary and “Hermana” by Enver Arcak for Best Documentary Audience Awards. Winners of the Short Film Competition are “Scrabble” by Merve Gezen for Best Short Film and “The Well” (Kuyu) by Rıdvan Yavuz for Best Short Film Audience Awards.

After the film screenings, the festival will continue with a special music program, co-presented with the Howard Thurman Center at Boston University.   Internationally acclaimed Turkish flutist and composer Burak Beşir will perform in the first concert of the program on April 13th.

In the next concert, Yarkın Duo (Nağme Yarkın, İstanbul kemençe, composer) and (Baturay Yarkın, piano, composer) bring together two instruments from differing traditions, the piano and the classical İstanbul kemençe, taking the audience away to a magical journey interpreting their repertoire which consists of Argentine tangos, Turkish folk music, their own compositions and improvisations.  They will give also a workshop on "Makams, Scales and Rhythmic Patterns in Turkish Music"  at the Berklee College of Music.

Festival program will conclude with a recital by distinguished pianist Hande Dalkılıç on April 21st. One of the finest pianists of her generation, Hande Dalkılıç has attained a mature interpretation and a wide repertoire at a very young age. She pays special attention to feature works by Turkish composers especially at her concerts abroad, including composers such as Ahmed Adnan Saygun, Ulvi Cemal Erkin as well as Muammer Sun and Çetin Işıközlü.

For more information about programs, films, synopses, trailers, concerts and tickets please visit: http://www.bostonturkishfilmfestival.org