BSAF 2018: Boston Turkish Film Festival, Day One

IT’S HERE! IT’S HERE! As we told you a couple weeks back, spring is the busiest season for film festivals in Metro Boston. But this year is especially crazy, because FIVE of the festivals are running all or part of their programming on the SAME WEEKEND! So you have a ton of choices to make.

So…lets get started kiddies! Boston Springs A Fethival 2018 is officially underway, and we’ll have info for all the various festivals and their schedules every day, so be sure to keep your browser turned to for all the latest info!

Three more festivals get underway today, so given the horrible weather in the Hub, it’s going to be craaaaazeeeeee!!

The Boston Turkish Film Festival launches it’s 17th annual program with the film Sideway, from director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu. Here’s the synopsis from the official website:

The residents of a small town set between a stormy sea and an ominous forest are becoming insane. They are convinced that successive signs appearing in the town are indications of doomsday. A black ship anchored far away, a shrill sound over the town, strange cases of arson, missing people, along with the sun suddenly turning black, lead the people to believe that the Antichrist is around. A young, modest guy with a mysterious mark on his back arrives in this bizarre place. Could he be Christ come to save the town? A political allegory describing the absurd situation of today’s world.

Director Tayfun Pirselimoğlu and star Ercan Kesal are expected to be in attendance for a Q&A session following the film, and the festival will present the BTFF Award for Excellence in Turkish Cinema  to actor, author, screenplay writer and director Ercan Kesal in a ceremony following the Q&A session.

The festival opening night reception will feature a live performance by the world fusion group Esthema.

The screening starts at 6:30 PM at the Remis Auditorium at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington St, Boston. Tickets for opening night can be purchased through the MFA website.

For complete information on the festival and it’s upcoming offerings, be sure to visit the official website at!

BTFF continues through this weekend, and also the next two weeks from Wednesday-Sunday, so be sure to stay informed by keeping your browser on eCinemaBoston for complete schedule and ticket info! And don’t forget, BTFF will be part of our sister podcast Subject:CINEMA’s massive BSAF coverage throughout the month of May, and also in our huge BSAF SuperGuide PDF online magazine, also coming in mid-May!