FESTIVALS: Festival on Wheels Announces Turkish Schedule

By FNE Staff

    The 16th Festival on Wheels, organized by the Ankara Cinema Association in association with the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Governorship of Artvin, the Municipality of Artvin and the Governorship of Ordu, will take place 3-19 December, stopping over in the provinces of Ankara (3-9 December), Artvin (10-16 December) and Ordu (16-19 December). The Festival theme is ‘Coup d'Etat'.

    The 16th Festival on Wheels (www.festivalonwheels.org) competition section, an open door to new discoveries, features a total of 10 films. Titles selected to compete for the Golden Bull during the Festival's Artvin stopover are: Hungarian director Szabolcs Hajdu's Bibliothèque Pascal (2010); Ágnes Kocsis's Adrienn Pal (2010); October (2010), the directorial debut of Peruvian brothers Daniel and Diego Vega; Olivier Masset-Depasse's Illegal (2010); Chinese director Xiaoshuai Wang's Chongqing Blues (2010); Thai director Anocha Suwichakornpong's Mundane History (2009); Estonian director Veiko Õunpuu's Temptation of St Tony (2010); and Saç (Hair, 2010), the latest feature from Turkish director Tayfun Perselimoğlu, noted for its intriguing script and visuals.

    The ‘Turkish Cinema 2010' section showcases four outstanding examples of local filmmaking: Kars Öyküleri (Tales from Kars, 2010), an omnibus of shorts directed by Özcan Alper, Zehra Derya Koç, Ülkü Oktay, Ahu Öztürk and Emre Akay which won the Tales from Kars script competition held in 2007 by the Ankara Cinema Association; Siyah Beyaz (Black & White, 2010), Ahmet Boyacıoğlu's ode to friendship, sensitivity, turning 50, the recognition of advancing years, being tied to a place and the small details of life; Atlıkarınca (Merry-Go-Round, 2010), the controversial feature co-written and directed by İlksen Başarır and Mert Fırat; and Belma Baş's debut feature Zefir (Zephyr, 2010), a haunting film with a mesmerizing sense of rhythm that shocks the viewer with its unexpected ending.