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The Golden Orange takes the stage.

Press releases 2009-10-01

THE INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE CELEBRATING ITS 46th ANNIVERSARY ON OCTOBER 10-17TH, 2009.

On Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, the Antalya Golden Orange Festival Committee held its first official press conference at the Istanbul Dedeman Hotel. Officiating over the Press Conference was the Mayor of Antalya and Chairman of the Board for AKSAV, Prof. Mustafa AKAYDIN and Chief Art Director of AKSAV, Vecdi SAYAR. The final selection of films that will be competing in this year's 46th INTERNATIONAL ANTALYA GOLDEN ORANGE FILM FESTIVAL were announced to the attending members of the Turkish press.

This year 43 feature films, 230 short films and 90 Documentaries have been submitted to qualify for the 46th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Once again the city of Antalya will host one of the most prestigious events of the year with the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. This year's Festival is sponsored by the Municipality of Antalya, and organized by the Antalya Arts & Cultural Foundation (AKSAV).

This year, a record breaking number of films have been submitted to qualify for the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. Film entries included 43 feature films, 90 documentary films and 230 short feature films. The number of films submitted this year shows a significant increase which according to Professor Dr. Mustafa Akaydın, Mayor of Antalya and Chairman of the Antalya Arts and Cultural Foundation, is the result of an accumulation of nearly 50 years of hard work and experience. The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival not only has become a source of pride to the citizens of Antalya, but an event that has gained the respect and admirations of the entire Country.

This year's Film Festival will also become a ground breaking event due to an increasing number of films submitted by young Turkish directors who will be competing for the Golden Orange in October with their first feature films. Several Turkish film directors still in their 20s have entered their first films to qualify in the National Film Competition. Mayor Akaydın attributes this to the overall success that the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has achieved during the last 46 years and its significant contribution to the Turkish Film Industry over the years; not only making Turkish cinema a popular cultural form, but also helping filmmakers achieve both national and international recognition.

TWO GENRATIONS OF FILM MAKERS MEET IN ANTALYA

As Mayor of Antalya, the honorable Prof. Akaydın has made it a priority amongst his many duties to support up and coming filmmakers by introducing a new award to this year's Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival: the "First Film Golden Orange Award". Winner of this award will also receive a cash prize to be given to a new director for his first feature film.

In addition, this year's theme for the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival will focus on films of the 1960's. Mayor Akaydın will open this year's Festival by celebrating the 60s and will be host to many famous film directors and actors from this period. On October 10th 2009, two generations of filmmakers will meet during the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. Announced earlier by City Hall and AKSAV, plans to commemorate Cinema of the 1960s will take place throughout the week as the Festival will showcase a selection of 160 classical and cult films from this era.

FILMS FROM 5 CONTINENTS TO COMPETE

In the Feature Film competition, this year the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival will include entries from both Europe and Asia. Outside the competition, the Festival will showcase films submitted from Bulgaria, Hungary, the United Kingdom, France, Armenia, the Netherlands, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Georgia.

International Film Competition

International Films entered in this year's 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival will compete for the Golden Orange award for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor.

Amongst films competing this October will include: "Eastern Plays", a film by Bulgarian Director, Kamen Kaley. "English Strawberries", a film exploring Czechoslovakia and the 1968 Soviet invasion, "Paper Soldiers", a film from the Soviet, "Ambulance", directed by Serbian director, Goran Radovanovic, "The Other Bank" and "East of Me", both competing for Best Film Award, and "Border", a film by Armenian director Harutyun Khachatryan. "Sıcak", a film by Turkish director Abdullah Oğuz will also be included in the International Film competition.

" Film For Music, Music For Film"

The 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival also celebrates the relationship of music and films. A variety of classical and modern dated films with musical themes are featured throughout the week. Amongst the selection of films shown will be Han Kounen's film about the historical love story between "Coco Chanel and Igor Starvinsky". "Travelers of the Wind" that depicts the travels of accordionist Ignacio Carrillo, "Tadoori Love", a film about two people from different cultures who fall in love and Alessandro Baricco first film "Lesson 21",

World Affairs

This year the Festival also looks into "World Affairs" with a selection of films signifying great events that have altered our world's history. Films will include: "Tzar" directed by Pavel Lungin, "Samsun & Delilah", a film written and direct by Warwick Thornton, "Teza", directed by Haile Gerima, "Children of Victory", a film by Christina Goda ,"Salt of this Sea" a film by Annemarie Jacir, "Gigante", directed by Adrian Biniez, "Snow" a film by Aida Begic Zubcevic, "Absurdistan", by Veit Hemler and "Alive", directed by Artan Minarolli.

From the Master's Eye

The selection of world cinema by great masters will also be featured at the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival introducing great works from important film directors and their films of 2009.

Amongst films featured in this category will include Costa Garvas's "Eden is West", "White Ribbon" from Angelopoulos, "Looking for Eric", Ken Loach latest film, "Bright Star", directed by Jane Campion, "Thirst" directed by Chan-Wook Park, "Whatever Works", a film by Woody Allen, "A Melody for a Street Organ", by Kira Muratova and Stephen Frears' latest film, "Cheri".

The Golden Orange Documentaries

This year a selection of Turkish Documentaries are competing at the 46th Antalya International Golden Orange Film Festival. As an added feature, the Festival will pay its respect to world renown documentary film maker, Joris Iven with a special screening of his films which will include: "The Seine Meets Paris", "Valparaiso", "For the Mistral", "17th Parallel" and "A Tale of the Wind"

The Festival will also be screening the controversial works which will include Michael Moore's latest documentary, one of his latest and most talked about film, "Capatalism: A Love Story", also included will be "Cooking History" directed by Peter Kerekes, "Devil's Rain", a film by Phillippe Cosson, "The Wondrous World of Laundry" by Christian Schmid and "Themis", a film by Marco Gastine.

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Last modified on 2009-10-02