The new SVA Theatre has quickly become a go-to venue for red-carpet movie premieres in the city, and now it’s also a prime destination for international film festivals. The theater is set to welcome the 11th New York Turkish Film Festival (NYTFF). Taking place December 2 – 5 at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street, the NYTFF will showcase some of the best contemporary films coming out of Turkey, including Atalay Taşdiken’s Mommo: The Bogeyman, based on the true story of two siblings in the authentic landscapes of Çavuş village in central Turkey; and Özcan Alper’s psychological drama Autumn, which presents an unlikely affair between a former political activist, just released from prison, and a Georgian prostitute in Turkey’s Eastern Black Sea region. The festival is being presented at SVA in conjunction with the exhibition “Octet: Codes and Context in Recent Art,” on view at the Visual Arts Gallery through Wednesday, December 23. More information is available at newyorkturkishfilmfestival.com.
As the Turkish fest winds down, the 24th Israel Film Festival (IFF) will also be gearing up at the SVA Theatre. Taking place in New York City December 3 – 13, the theater will be one of the IFF’s primary venues, including an opening night gala on Saturday, December 5. The opening event will include a screening of A Matter of Size, director Erez Tadmor’s lighthearted comedy about a group of overweight Israelis who start a sumo-wrestling club. For information about the festival and the opening night event, visit ny.israelfilmfestival.com.