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Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Sibel

Off Set 2018 TIFF Portrait Series: Sibel

Our final portrait before we go “mute”, Franco-Turkish filmmaker team Çagla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti made their way from Locarno Film Fest into TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema section with Sibel – their third feature after the Cannes ACID section selected Noor (2012) and Ningen – which was selected for TIFF back in 2013. Tipped by the fest as a “modern-day Cinderella story of female empowerment” starring Damla Sönmez. Çagla and Guillaume were on hand for the TIFF premiere. Here is our photo of the pairing — but apart.

Çagla Zencirci, SIBEL / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Guillaume Giovanetti, SIBEL / Photo © Marie France L’Ecuyer IONCINEMA

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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