The International Sulaimani Film Festival. Photo: Rudaw
SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region – The week-long 2nd International Sulaimani Film Festival (ISFF) is due to start at 06:00pm today, featuring a red carpet ceremony and special screening of a Spanish language feature film.
The red carpet ceremony starts at Talari Huner Art Gallery in Sulaimani. The main hall seats 1,700 people but Program Manager Lina Raza said they were expecting at least 2,000 people to attend. The special screening of an international feature film The Pink House by Director Palito Ortega Matute will begin at 8 p.m.
“We chose this film because it’s a political movie based on a true story which is very similar to what the Kurdish people have gone through in the past,” said Program Manager, Lina Raza.
There will be a total of 170 film screenings with connections to over 40 countries including the US, the UK, Turkey, Iran and many other countries across Europe and Asia.
The theme this year is “Culture and Coexistence”.
“A total of 150 VIP guests were invited from the Kurdistan Region and other countries, but only about 30 percent will be able to attend due to the flight ban,” said Raza.
She said that some crew members from the opening film had already arrived in Kurdistan and would be attending the red carpet ceremony prior to the screening.
Raza did explain, however that in its second year, the film festival has already grown to show films in five different categories from only two different categories last year.
The Pink House, based on actual events, takes place in Ayacucho, Peru during a time of war and political turmoil. Adrien Mendoza, a university professor who lost his wife due to the effects of war is accused of being a terrorist and separated from his two young children. His children try desperately to find him before it’s too late.