Ankara welcomes films from around the world
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News | 3/11/2010 12:00:00 AM |
The second largest film festival in Turkey, the International Ankara Film Festival, kicked off Thursday. Through March 21 the festival will offer films from around the world to the people in the capital. This year the festival has an innovation named 'Festilab,' during which a series of educational activities such as workshops, panels and conferences will be organized
The 21st International Ankara Film Festival kicked off Thursday and will continue through March 21. This year the festival presents an innovation named “Festilab,” in which a series of educational activities such as workshops, panels and conferences will be organized.
“This festival is kind of a school among the others,” said the Ankara Film Festival Director Can Özgün, adding that they brought an innovation to the festival every year. “This year’s innovation is Festilab, which means festival laboratory. There will be a series of educational events, including workshops, panel discussions and conferences as part of Festilab.”
This year the festival films will be shown at three venues, including Batı Movie Theaters, German Cultural Center and Çankata Municipality Contemporary Arts Center. Festilab events will be organized at the German Cultural Center.
The “Video Art” event, which started last year, is again included in this year’s program. Harun Farocki will be the guest of the event from Germany. “This event will be presented with the concept ‘memory-space,’” said Özgün.
The festival’s “Art Street” event, which has been organized for the past three years in order to bring the festival closer to the public, will also continue this year.
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The International Ankara Film Festival’s World Cinema Coordinator Ezgi Yalınalp said 11 films would compete in the National Feature Competition while 28 films would compete at the National Short Film Competition under fiction, experimental and animation categories.
She said some of the films that did not pass the pre-selection process would meet audiences at the National Short Film section of the festival. “There will also be the Meral-Cemal Erez Mass Screening and the International Short Film Screening. Nine films will compete in the amateur category and eight films will compete in professional.”
The International Documentary Film Competition of the festival will have two sections called “World Affairs” and “Afghan Dream.” Documentary, short and long feature films will be screened in the “Power and Rebellion” section. The best films from master directors like Takeshi Kitano and Michael Haneke will be shown in the “Masters” section.
The “From All Around the World” section will screen films winning awards at the world’s most important festivals, while “A Country” section will feature Brazilian cinema.
This year famous Japanese director, scriptwriter and producer Akira Kurosawa turns 100 and Spanish director and scriptwriter Luis Bunuel turns 110. The festival will commemorate them with two films by each. Also, Eric Rohmer, who is one of the symbol names of the “French New Wave” movement, will be commemorated with two of his films shown at the festival.
There is also a special section at the festival organized for the first time: Midnight Cinema, showing the best examples of horror and thriller movies. This section will start Friday at midnight.
Two other important events at the festival include “The Shortest Night” and “White Night.” “The Shortest Night” will feature short films until the morning hours while “White Night” will screen feature films until morning. These sections will start at 11:59 p.m. on Saturdays.