A Postcard from Istanbul
A film by John Malkovich for The St. Regis Istanbul
St. Regis Hotels & Resorts and Emmy award winning actor and director John Malkovich have partnered to make a short film celebrating the debut of the highly anticipated St. Regis Istanbul.
A film about Istanbul and love, A Postcard from Istanbul was shot at the historical locations of the city and at The St. Regis Istanbul.
A Postcard from Istanbul
A Postcard from Istanbul follows a screenwriter, played by Sands, who goes to Istanbul with the hopes of finding inspiration to write a screenplay based on a novel he has long admired.
Director & Cast
Born in Illinois in 1953, John Malkovich did Obie Award-winning stage work before earning an Emmy Award for his role in Death of a Salesman. Malkovich has become a multiple Oscar nominee for films like Places in the Heart and Dangerous Liaisons, in which he portrayed an evil aristocrat. He's also the subject of the surreal 1999 comedy Being John Malkovich, in which he played himself.
Julian Richard Morley Sands (born 4 January 1958) is an English actor known for his roles in films such as The Killing Fields, A Room with a View, Warlock, Arachnophobia, and Vatel. On television, he is known for playing Vladimir Bierko in 24, and Jor-El in Smallville. Sands was nominated for an "Outstanding Solo Performance" for the 58th Annual Drama Desk Awards (2013).
Belcim Bilgin, born in Ankara, earnt a place at Ankara Art Theatre, where she studied until 2001. She travelled to Paris for the post-production of director Hiner Saleem’s first film, Kilometer Zero. While working on the film, she learnt French at the Sorbonne School of Languages. In 2005, Kilometer Zero was released and entered in the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, amongst others.
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The St. Regis Istanbul
Located at the center of Istanbul's culture and style, Nişantaşı, The St. Regis Istanbul is surrounded by luxurious boutiques, the very best culinary offerings and the finest of art and entertainment. Mere steps away are attractions such as Maçka Park, Taksim square and the Bosphorus.
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Explore the cool, clear Bosphorous strait, close by to The St. Regis Istanbul. Forming the boundary between Europe and Asia, this strait is the narrowest in the world. Discover the distinctive waterfront houses, moonlit mosques and the Ottoman palaces which can be viewed from this point.
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The Old City
Old city, new spirit. Discover Istanbul's ancient cultures from the Old City. From a 4th century hippodrome, to the religious buildings of the Aya Sofya and the world renowned Blue Mosque. No visit to Istanbul would be complete without a discovery of the city's fascinating story.
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Discover Exclusive Events
A Postcard from Istanbul premiered at an exclusive screening in London on Wednesday, March 3rd, with Malkovich, Sands and Bilgin in attendance.
Hosted by Paul James, Global Brand Leader, St. Regis Hotels & Resorts, VIP guests at the glamourous event included Amber Atherton, Bella Freud, Amber Nuttall, Meghan Markle, Tom Hollander, Stephen Frears, Martha Fiennes, Detmar Blow, Elizabeth Saltzman and Jecca Craig.
Midnight Supper Istanbul
Celebrating the completion of the film, the owners of Demsa Group hosted John Malkovich, Belçim Bilgin, media members from Istanbul and VIP Guests at the Zarif Mustapha Pasha mansion for a midnight supper.