Thursday Cinema

Salt Galata

April 6 – June 8, 2017

Thewolfpack 2015 1 <i>The Wolfpack</i> (2015) belgeselinden bir kare ©Kurmaca Film
Still from The Wolfpack (2015) ©Kurmaca Film
Following previous years’ programs on the dictates of city life over individuals and society, and the impact of international mega-events on culture and the built environment, Thursday Cinema’s 2017 program features a selection of films which meditate on the concept of “the home.” Organized by SALT with the support of Garanti Mortgage, Thursday Cinema’s spring screenings will take place between April 6 and June 8 in the Auditorium at SALT Galata.

Not only a living space, home is a place of longing and belonging. It presents a constant challenge to the discipline of architecture which seeks to address, question, reconsider, and redefine it physically, yet ultimately fails to influence the making of the home. The abstract notion of home, on the other hand, embodies a multitude of contexts, from a secure shelter to a “sweet home” to the “homeland” of a nation.

Contemporary conditions make it difficult to hold on to understanding of home as a shelter and place of belonging. In fact, homes are at the center of social upheavals caused by forced displacement, housing shortage, poverty, and climate change. While professional nomadism and tourism incline towards structures that affect homeliness, websites and mobile applications continue to foster a global, standard aesthetic of rental homes. In addition to these lucrative real estate maneuvers, urban transformation driving up the economy instigates a radical rebuilding of homes and their neighborhoods.

Home, as an intimate space, bears traces of their inhabitants, and arouses great curiosity. One’s desire to see another’s home is easily provoked by anything from sounds next door to interior design magazines, and often contributes to an interpretation of the owner’s personality. Even when the “home” in cinema appears to be celebrated for its architectural qualities, it becomes a reflection of the protagonist’s identity. Thursday Cinema will engage in such topics relating to “the home” through films that describe it as an object of design, shelter, utopia, lifestyle, and even, absence.

All 20 of the feature-length fiction, documentary and animated films from Thursday Cinema’s Spring and Fall programs will be screened in their original language with Turkish and English subtitles.


April 6 Crystal Moselle, The Wolfpack, 2015

April 13 Nicholas Hytner, The Lady in the Van, 2015

April 20 Tom Ford, A Single Man, 2009

April 27 Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania, 2014

May 4 Hayao Miyazaki, Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbor Totoro], 1988

May 11 Lixin Fan, Gui tu lie che [Last Train Home], 2009

May 18 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leviafan [Leviathan], 2014

May 25 Rax Rinnekangas, The Melnikov House, 2007

June 1 Zoltán Fábri, Magyarok [Hungarians], 1978

June 8 Merete Mueller and Christopher Smith, TINY: A Story About Living Small, 2013

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