Today, the Istanbul International Film Festival opens. Tomorrow at 4 p.m. the festival would really start for me: I have a ticket for ‘Kaotik Ana’. It’s on top of a whole pile of tickets I bought beforehand. Finally finally finally I’m going to a film festival in Istanbul. I let a few other festivals pass by, like the theme-film festivals, of which the mountaineer-film festival seemed the weirdest to me – no I’m not making that up. The International Istanbul Film Festival, however, is the biggest, and I am really keen on going. It’s a pity though that I will miss Kaotik Ana, because at 2 pm there’s a big demonstration by labour unions against reforms in social laws and it’s about time I dug a bit deeper into that subject. So for me the festival starts a day later: Monday night, 9.30 pm, with the film Karamel. If nothing else comes up. Insjallah.