Midsummer Night Festival features a tour in addition to composer Mancini

Beykoz Kondora in Istanbul, a former shoe factory in Istanbul, which turned into a cultural venue, hosted the Midsummer Night Festival, which has been one of the hottest events in Istanbul during the summer since 2017. The sixth edition of the festival will take place in June August 29 and 14 this year with a program inspired by the harmonic unity of films and scores.

the festival program focuses on American composer and music producer Henry Mancini, who created many unforgettable soundtracks and won four Oscars and 20 Grammys throughout his career. Four classic films, directed by Mancini and directed by Blake Edwards, meet audiences for the first time in Turkey with a restored print at Beykoz Kundura as part of the Midsummer Night Festival.

“The Pink Panther” (1963) and “Shot in Darkness” (1964), the first two films of the famous series The Pink Panther, his first films which will be screened at the festival. The romantic masterpiece “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961), which I also remember with the performance of Icon Audrey Hepburn, can also see the crazy comedy “Party” (1968) in The last week of the festival.


Mancini, one of contemporary music’s most diverse artists to remember with major film and television music as well as international offerings. Creating Many Greatest Film Scores Mancini has also recorded over 90 albums with a wide range of styles including jazz and classical music and pop.

Initiated by the flautist to the flautist father At the age of 8, Mancini later embarked on the piano and became interested in the organization. he joined Glenn Miller – Tex Beneke Orchestra as a pianist and arranger in 1946 and Universal International Studios music  Department, Departments in 1952. In this studio, participated in more than 100 films and in 1958, began to work as a composer of independent music.

Can Mancini is also a popular party performer. Among the orchestras he has conducted are the London Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. He is also the author of two books: “Sounds and Results – A Practical Guide to Professional Orchestration” and his autobiography, “Did They Mention Music? “.

Matt Mancini in 1994 and his wife and children survived him. Received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously in 1995.

festival program

‘Pink Panther’ and ‘Shot ‘in the dark’, one of the best-known films to be featured at the festival include the Mancini and Edwards collaborations. The Pink Panther will premiere on July 29 and ‘Bullet in Darkness’ will meet spectators on July 30.

The Pink Panther movie depicts amusing events of clumsy detective Jacques Clouseau, played by Peter Sellers with a fabulous performance, while trying to catch the famous phantom thief, who is the intention of the theft of the Pink Panther diamond. The film he does not forget either with the pink panther from the cartoon which appears for the first time in the credits and the famous musical theme of Mancini. in ‘A blow in the dark’ second film of the series And the most that I like by the fans, we follow the events in a crazy way what happened to Clouseau, who Investigates the murder of one of the flagship issues of Parisian society. The film, which contains many classic scenes, especially the opening scene, presents a crazy genre of joy with the support of trivial mancini music.

The first big hit from Mancini and Edwards’ classic 1961 partnership, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” one of the masterpieces of the romantic comedy genre. Quoted from the short novel of the same name by Truman Capote, and the film will be screened on August 12, the cult production is about the life of Holly, who tries to break up to become a “party girl” in New York society, when you fall in love love with The young employee who settles in her apartment. The film that was forever remembered with the performance of Audrey Hepburn’s iconic character, it’s true The classic that never lost its shine for 61 years with Oscar and Grammy Award-winning music By Mancini and the legendary Oscar-winning song “Moon River” for Written by Lyrics by Johnny Mercer.

“Party,” which is the first and only film to reunite the trio of Edwards, Mancini, and Sellers without “Pink Panther,” introduces audiences to Bollywood actor Hrundi V. Bakshi, who is awkward as Clouseau. hrundi, who eventually made it to a movie in Hollywood, where he came to try his luck, was accidentally invited to the movie’s proceeds party from which he was kicked out for Inflation up The setturns party Upside down. The silent Edwards praises the movie era is considered one of the pinnacle of slapstick, considered one of the best comedies of all time. The film He will meet the onlookers on August 13.

“Sunday People”

as part of the “People on Sunday” Festival, directed by Robert Siodmak and Edgar J. Olmer, will be screened to accompany the live performance of Icelandic electronic and experimental pop band Múm. The film make you the story of normal people’s festive life about normal life in late 1920s Berlin. Before the Great Depression and the filming in the summer of Set in 1929, before the Nazi regime tainted daily life, the film tells the story of five teenagers who cross paths on Sundays and their escape to the countryside.

“People on Sunday” A unique experience in the juxtaposition of documentary and fiction as well as the unknown and the intimate. shot idle on Peel’s budget And achieved unexpected success when launched in In the 1930s, the film could be seen as a hybrid of Dziga Vertov’s “Man with Film Camera” and “Berlin: Walter Rottmann Symphony” by Great city.”

Limited Midsummer Festival night tickets can be purchased at Beykozkundura.com.