Moonlight to open the 16th !f Istanbul

The 16th !f Istanbul Independent Film Festival is to open with Moonlight, one of the year's most talked about and acclaimed films. Considered a masterpiece by many critics, Barry Jenkins' second feature follows its young protagonist from childhood to adulthood as he navigates the dangers of drugs and violence and complexities of love.

Since debuting at the Telluride Film Festival earlier this year, the film has garnered unanimous critical accolades as well as a number of awards. It has six nominations in the Golden Globes and is a strong contender for the Oscars.

The next edition of !f runs from February 16-26, 2017.