10-04-2012

FNE at Istanbul Film Festival 2012: Programme highlights best of new Turkish films

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ISTANBUL: Audiences and foreign guests at the 31 Istanbul International Film Festival (www.iksv.org) now underway have the chance to see the latest in new Turkish films in the National Competition with 12 new titles including director Umit Unal's The Pomegranate and Zeki Demirkubuz's new Inside. There are also another five new titles screening Out of Competition and another 10 titles in the New Turkish Cinema section and 12 new Turkish docs.

In the main International Competition 11 films on the themes of art compete for the Golden Tulip which is given in honour of Sakir Eczacıbası, former chaırman of IKSV, and co-founder of the Istanbul Fılm Festıval.

Films from Central and Eastern Europe are well represented in the Human Rights in Cinema Competition with Polish director Wojciech Smarzowski's Roza (Documentary and Feature Film Production Company WFDiF,www.wfdif.com.pl), Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf's Just the Wind (Inforg-M&M Filmwww.inforgstudio.hu) and Romanian director Anca Damian's animated feature Crulic-The Path to Beyond (Aparte Film www.apartefilm.net Polish Fundacja im. Ferdynanda Magellana www.fmagellan.pl).

The festival runs from 31 March to 15 April 2012. Meetings on the Bridge the festival's main industry event will be held 11-12 April 2012.

International Competition

OSLO, AUGUST 31ST | Director: Joachim Trier / Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Malin Crépin, Aksel M. Thanke / Norway

CRACKS IN THE SHELL | Director: Christian Schwochow / Cast: Stine Fischer Christensen, Ulrich Noethen, Dagmar Manzel

THE DELAY | Director: Rodrigo Plá / Cast: Carlos Vallarino & Roxana Blanco / Uruguay-Mexico-France

CUT | Director: Amir Naderi / Cast: Hidetoshi Nishijima, Takako Tokiwa, Takashi Sasano / Japan-France-USA-Turkey-South

THE LONELIEST PLANET | Director: Julia Loktev / Cast: Gael García Bernal, Hani Furstenberg, Bidzina Gujabidze / USA

BONSÁI | Director: Cristián Jiménez / Cast: Diego Noguera, Natalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia / Chile-France-Argentina-Portugal

SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO | Director: Robert Guédiguian / Cast: Jean Pierre Darroussin, Ariane Ascaride, Gérard Meylan

ALBERT NOBBS | Director: Rodrigo García / Cast: Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Aaron Johnson, Brendan Gleeson / Ireland

DEATH OF A SUPERHERO | Director: Ian FitzGibbon / Cast: Andy Serkis, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Aisling Loftus / Germany-Ireland

WUTHERING HEIGHTS | Director: Andrea Arnold / Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Nichola Burley, Steve Evets / United Kingdom

A ROYAL AFFAIR | Director: Nikolaj Arcel / Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Alicia Vikander, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard / Denmark-Czech Republic (Sirena Film www.sirenafilm.com) Sweden-Germany

Turkish National Competition

THE POMEGRANATE | Director: Ümit Ünal / Cast: Serra Yılmaz, İrem Altuğ, İdil Fırat / Turkey

PRESENT TENSE | Director: Belmin Söylemez / Cast: Sanem Öge, Şenay Aydın, Ozan Bilen / Turkey

SHIPS | Director: Elif Refiğ / Cast: Uğur Uzunel, Sitare Akbaş, Mert Asutay / Turkey

HOME | Director: Muzaffer Özdemir / Cast: Kanbolat Görkem Arslan, Muzaffer Özdemir, Muhammet Uzuner / Turkey

WHERE IS MY MOTHER TONGUE? | Director: Veli Kahraman / Participants: Mustafa Kahraman & Hatice Kahraman / Turkey / 2012 / HDCAM / Colour / 61' / Turkish-Zaza; English s.t.

VOICE OF MY FATHER | Directors: Orhan Eskiköy & Zeynel Doğan / Cast: Basê Doğan, Zeynel Doğan, Gülizar Doğan

INSIDE | Director: Zeki Demirkubuz / Cast: Engin Günaydın, Nihal Yalçın, Nergis Öztürk / Turkey

CAN | Director: Raşit Çelikezer / Cast: Selen Uçer, Serdar Orçin, Berkan Demirbağ / Turkey

NIGHT OF SILENCE | Director: Reis Çelik / Cast: İlyas Salman & Ezgi Dilan Aksüt / Turkey

THE TRACE | Director: M. Tayfur Aydın S / Cast: Necmettin Çobanoğlu, Bilal Bulut, Melahat Bayram / Turkey

I FLEW, YOU STAYED | Director: Mizgin Müjde Arslan / Participants: Halime Arslan, Şükrü Arslan, Mizgin Müjde Arslan / Turkey

BEYOND THE HILL | Director: Emin Alper / Cast: Tamer Levent, Reha Özcan, Mehmet Özgür / Turkey

See www.iksv.org for full programme.