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1001 Days

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This film is a part of ISTANBUL EXPRESS PROJECT:


Cine Train ISTANBUL EXPRESS took place in European trains on September 2010.
Tutor : Atanas Georgiev (Macedonia), Antoine Cattin (Switzerland), Boris Mitić (Serbia)

What if three crews of young filmmakers would leave from three different corners of Europe by train, all travel through the continent via different routes making short documen¬tary films and finally arrive at the same time in Istanbul, finish their films and share their experiences? Same themes were explored by the three crew of filmmakers : Turkish in Europe / Urban Dialogue / Multilingual Love / Translation vs. Eurospeak / Minori¬ties vs. Official Language. 15 films have been produced around those subjects. Istanbul Express is one of the largest and most ambitious projects of NISI MASA The topic of this filmmaking workshop, multilingualism, relates to different layers of our everyday lives. The upcoming Euro-generation is encouraged to be multilingual, whilst safe¬guarding their own specific cultural identities. By travelling through Europe by train, Istanbul Express aims to explore the question of multilingualism through film, by giving young peo¬ple free range to discover this New Europe and how it speaks by themselves. Three Weeks on Three Trains 45 young filmmakers met in three European Capitals: Tallinn, San Sebastián and Turin. Dividing into groups of three people (one director, one cinematographer and one sound engineer), they made 15 short documentaries on the way to Istanbul. The 3 travelling routes took in a total of 24 cities in 18 different countries, before reaching their final desti¬nation. Public events (screenings, masterclasses, press conferences) were held at each stop. One Week in Istanbul, the European Capital of Culture in 2010 The three trains finally arrived in Istanbul on the 10th of October. There, the filmmakers edited their films and attended a week-long series of events, screenings, panels, meetings, parties. The first screening of the films was made in Istanbul on the 15th of October.

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