Night Sights On İstiklal Street

Thanks to Filmekimi (“Filmoctober” and/or “Filmcultivation” – our lovely, little, one week film festival) I’m on İstiklal Street every night (after the last screening, of course!).

Heyyo! Kestaneciler (chestnut vendors who sell fresh made roasted chesnuts) are everywhere:) And so the smell of roasted chestnut…
(Yes, I know chestnut vendors and so the delicious smell of roasted chesnuts have been around for some time, but for some reason roasted chestnut suits İstiklal Street more than any street.)

Aksanat was converted into TeknoSa.
It’s quite mysterious: on the one hand they arrange Picasso, Rodin exhibitions, on the other they convert the precious Aksanat building into TeknoSa – as if we have enough art centers but not enough technology shops, as if it is mandatory to have technology shops at every 10 meters! I don’t know what you’ll do, but I’ll never step foot in any of TeknoSa shops again.

Apart from usual souvenirs of film festivals, various, interesting little things are also being sold as film festival souvenirs now. For people like myself who collect things like ants and attach emotional value to them and so get emotionally attached to them, that’s a good news…

Today is the last day of Filmekimi…
It was the first festival after İsmet Bey’s death…
His absence was conspicuous. I had looked for his polite face among the crowd in Emek Movie Theatre’s foyer; he was a perfect example of İstanbul beyefendisi (İstanbul gentleman). He had administered Emek Movie Theatre for 30 years. Without people like him we wouldn’t have movie theatres like Emek or film festivals.

It was past midnight…
Coffee shops were filled with people…
Though it was cold, rainy and past midnight people were strolling down the street merrily… (Why am I talking ridiculous? All those people were Cinderellas who had to be back at home before the final stroke of midnight? No!… So let them ejoy the street till morning…)

3 Comments so far

  1. Hüseyin Korkmaz (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 10:52 am

    Thanks for this good article…I found your blog at globalvoices…I decided to add this blog to my favourites…İyi Bayramlar…:-)


  2. berque (unregistered) on October 22nd, 2006 @ 4:20 pm

    Yeah, i felt really sorry for Akbank sanat, i used to enjoy the unique galleries there, but it’s not all gone, now it’s at the back of teknoSa with a smaller place but still there…

    Filmekimi was great! I enjoy all the movies i seen there… Yeah, beyoglu at night looks so beautiful, but i.e.t.t. should be ashamed of itself cuz lots of buses stop serving before the midnight…


  3. Meral (unregistered) on October 25th, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

    To Berque,
    Yeah I know Aksanat wasn’t destroyed completely (or should I say “hasn’t… yet”?). But did they have to destroy the integrity of Aksanat by placing TeknoSA there? Couldn’t they afford to find another shop? What was the necessity of a TeknoSA shop when there is already one at Taksim Square?
    And you have a point about bus service about midnight: we have a terrible public transportation at nights. No, wait! It is not terrible, we have none at all…

    To Hüzeyin Korkmaz,
    Thank you…:)



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