Suddenly a Stranger Appears

Presented by Pera Film, the film programme of the 16th Istanbul Biennial brings together cinematic masterpieces that bear witness to the memory of humanity as well as nature in a special selection for the visitors of the Biennial. The productions that draw on the questions of our level of alienation from the world, and the extent of our contribution in this estrangement will be screened with no admission fee on specific Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays during the Biennial at the Pera Museum Auditorium.

Among the 10 full-length and 8 short films presented are Nanook of the North, regarded as the first full-length anthropological documentary in cinematic history, depicting the lives of the indigenous Inuit people of Canada’s northern Quebec region; The Sounds of Science, a selection of short films by one of the key French filmmakers in surrealist cinema and scientist Jean Painlevé; Sakawa, a documentary film that lays bare the entire Ghanaian scamming industry targeting the online dating sites through the eyes of the perpetrators, and Planet of the Apes pursuing a group of astronauts crash-landing on another planet where a completely different species thrives.

Pera Museum Auditorium

20 September-10 November 2019


  • Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty, 1922)
  • The Sounds of Science (Jean Painlevé, 1927-1982)
  • Planet of the Apes (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1968)
  • Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, 2000)
  • Frozen River (Courtney Hunt, 2008)
  • Beuys (Andres Veiel, 2017)
  • Sakawa (Ben Asamoah, 2018)
  • Yuva (Emre Yeksan, 2018)
  • One Man Dies A Million Times (Jessica Oreck, 2019)

Please visit Pera Museum website for more detailed information about the films.


Friday, 20 September
19.00    The Sounds of Science
21.00 Beuys

Saturday, 21 September
15.00 Princess Mononoke

Sunday, 22 September
15.00 Planet of the Apes

Wednesday, 25 September
19.00 O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Saturday, 28 September
15.00 Frozen River

Wednesday, 2 October
19.00 One Man Dies a Million Times

Friday, 4 September
19.00 Sakawa

Sunday, 6 October
13.00 The Sounds of Science

Wednesday, 9 October
19.00 Princess Mononoke

Friday, 11 October
19.00 Nanook of the North

Saturday, 12 October
15.00 Beuys

Sunday, 13 October
13.00 O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Wednesday, 16 October
19.00 Frozen River

Friday, 18 October
19.00 Yuva

Wednesday, 23 October
19.00 One Man Dies a Million Times

Wednesday, 30 October
19.00 Planet of the Apes

Sunday, 3 November
15.00 Sakawa

Wednesday, 6 November
19.00 Yuva

Sunday, 10 November
18.00 Nanook of the North

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