The grand debut of the St. Regis Istanbul on March 1st 2015 was celebrated with a short film to commemorate the induction of the luxury hotel into the south-eastern European city. The 5 minute film, titled ‘A Postcard from Istanbul’ was written and directed by actor-director John Malkovich, who won an Academy Award for his role in Clint Eastwood’s In the Line of Fire, and was screened at a private club at Hertford Street, London. The short screening was watched by the director and actors themselves, along with a Martha Fiennes and Tom Hollander and a few others.
The film stars Julian Sands and Turkish actress Belçim Bilgin and tells the story about a screenwriter in search of inspiration, who travels to Istanbul and discovers the city’s attractions with the help of a tour guide. The film has no dialogues, just the characters’ voiceovers of “I am listening to Istanbul”. For Malkovich, this was his interpretations through his travelogue of the rich culture and history from frequent visits to the city.
The St. Regis Istanbul is situated close to the Bosphorus Strait and is at the center of the most exclusive place in the city. The 5-star luxury hotel has 104 rooms and 14 suites and is situated close to the fine class of boutiques, restaurants and galleries, including the convention center, city center and the famous Macka Park.
[Via – The-St-Regis-Istanbul]