"What is normal, anyway?"

Salt Beyoğlu, Online

June 2 – July 10, 2022

Yellow Cat 1 <i>Sary mysyq</i> [Sarı Kedi] (2020) filminden bir kare
©Arizona Films Productions
Still from Sary mysyq [Yellow Cat] (2020)
©Arizona Films Productions
Thursday Cinema’s new program titled What is normal, anyway? begins on June 2 with a selection of documentary and fiction films from Kazakhstan to Singapore, Japan to Germany and Italy, exploring the notion of normality in a post-pandemic world.

The program reflects upon shared concerns of our current time, while accentuating emerging possibilities of the ways we relate to the world. Posed as a rhetorical question, What is normal, anyway? tackles the idea of social constructs through unique settings of diverse cultures, and examines how established ways affect the complex and vast systems we live in. Bringing the notion of normality into question through individual and collective narratives, the selection also highlights the potential of storytelling in envisioning the future.

The first screening of the program, Sary mysyq [Yellow Cat] will take place on Thursday, June 2 at 19.00 in Salt Beyoğlu’s Walk-in Cinema. In this film we follow the story of Kermek and his beloved Eva through the Kazakh steppes, and witness his journey and aspiration of building a movie theater in the mountains.

This free admission program will take place between June 2 and July 10; every Thursday at 19.00 each film will be screened in Salt Beyoğlu’s Walk-in Cinema and from Friday until Sunday midnight every week, each film will be streamed via All films included in the program will be streamed in their original language with Turkish subtitles, and can only be accessed by online audiences in Turkey.


Sary mysyq [Yellow Cat], Adilkhan Yerzhanov, 2020

June 2, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
June 3-5,

Totul nu va fi bine [Everything will not be fine], Adrian Pîrvu and Helena Maksyom, 2020
June 9, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
June 10-12,

Lo Strano Suono Della Felicità [The Strange Sound of Happiness], Diego Pascal Panarello, 2017
June 16, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
June 17-19,

Faraway My Shadow Wandered, Jiekai Liao and Sudhee Liao, 2020
June 23, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
June 24-26,

A Love Unknown, John Clang, 2020
June 30, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
July 1-3,

Berlin Rebel High School, Alexander Kleider, 2016
July 7, 19.00, Salt Beyoğlu, Walk-in Cinema
July 8-10,

In accordance with Article 7 of Law No. 5224 amended on 18.01.2019,
films that have not been assessed and classified by the General Directorate of Cinema, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Republic of Turkey, can only be screened under the classification of 18+ at festivals, special screenings or similar culture and arts events.