Book Tickets

Tue 23 Jul
17:40
Wed 24 Jul
18:10
Thu 25 Jul
15:00
Fri 26 Jul
20:20
Sat 27 Jul
20:30
Sun 28 Jul
16:50
Mon 29 Jul
17:45
Tue 30 Jul
18:30
Wed 31 Jul
15:30
Thu 01 Aug
15:30

Crossing 15

Levan Akin, Sweden, Denmark, France, Turkey, Georgia, 2024, 106m.

The screening on Saturday 20 July at 17:00 will be followed by a panel discussion in partnership with Counterpoints Arts , with Gamze Şanlı, Hiba Noor, and Florenza Deniz İncirli.


From acclaimed director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced), Crossing is a moving and tender tale of identity, acceptance and unlikely connection that transcends borders and generations. Lia, a retired school teacher living in Georgia, hears from a young neighbour Achi that her long lost niece Tekla, a transgender woman, has crossed the border into Turkey. Hoping to bring Tekla home after a period of estrangement, Lia travels to Istanbul with the unpredictable Achi to find her. Exploring the hidden depths of the city, they cross paths with a transgender lawyer called Evrim, who helps them in their search. Humanistic and compassionate, Akin’s third feature is a heartfelt portrayal of overcoming the degrees of separation that divide us.


*Crossing contains flickering or flashing lights that may affect those with photosensitive epilepsy*


The Garden Cinema View:


Director Levan Akin (And Then We Danced) subverts expectations of Crossing’s ‘search narrative’ by focusing on the serendipitous connections we forge with strangers and our internal journeys of self-discovery which occur when we passionately pursue something. The film emerges as an ensemble piece rather than the anticipated ‘hero's journey’, featuring Achi, a Georgian teenager who accompanies the older Lia on her quest, as well as Evrim, a trans lawyer living in Istanbul who assists them in navigating the city's bureaucracy. Istanbul itself emerges as a fourth protagonist with its stray cats and vibrant nightlife set against an generally hostile attitude toward trans people. As this unlikely group's adventure unfolds, Akin subtly unveils the social challenges facing both Georgian and Turkish societies.


Hiba Noor is the first Pakistani to have achieved her higher certificate as a trans woman. Hiba is a human rights defender, activist, social scientist, poet, sketch artist, photographer and painter, with 6 years experience of working through the lens of her camera with gender equality, livelihoods and economic empowerment. Gamze Şanlı is a British, Turkish, and Cypriot multidisciplinary artist and performer who will be hosting the panel. Florenza Deniz İncirli is a queer Cypriot artist, working primarily with moving-image and textual works engaging with memory and ritual performances.

Cast:
Mzia Arabuli, Lucas Kankava, Deniz Dumanlı

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Book Tickets

Tue 23 Jul
17:40
Wed 24 Jul
18:10
Wed 24 Jul
20:25
Thu 25 Jul
15:00
Thu 25 Jul
20:30
Fri 26 Jul
20:20
Sat 27 Jul
20:30
Sun 28 Jul
16:50
Mon 29 Jul
17:45
Tue 30 Jul
18:30
Wed 31 Jul
15:30
Thu 01 Aug
15:30

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