Turkish films on screen at Cannes Film Festival

ISTANBUL - TDN with wire dispatches | 5/17/2007 12:00:00 AM |

Turkey will be represented with various promotional activities at the 60th Cannes Film Festival to continue through May 27. Serpil Varol, the Cultural Counselor of Turkish Culture and

Turkey will be represented with various promotional activities at the 60th Cannes Film Festival that continues through May 27, said Serpil Varol, the Cultural Counselor of Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in Paris, at a press meeting on Tuesday.

She said the Ministry of Culture and Tourism planned many activities while supporting Turkish films to compete at the festival. The most important event of this year's Cannes Film Festival for Turkey is that Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk, famous for his book “My Name is Red” is a juror at the festival. British director Stephen Frears will head the jury. Portuguese actor Maria de Medeiros, Chinese actor Maggie Cheung and French actor and director Michel Piccoli are among the jury members for the 60th edition of festival.

Twenty-two films will compete in the festival. 21 films will be screened independently of the competition. This year three Turkish films will compete at the festival. That is why the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will give a lot more support to the Turkish film sector by organizing more activities this year at the festival.

Turkish producer Fatih Akın's film “Yaşamın Kıyısında” (The Edge of Life) will compete for the Palme d'Or award. Turkish Anka Film, German Corazon International, NDR and Italian Dorje Film have produced the film. The cast includes Nurgül Yeşilçay, Baki Davrak, Hanna Schygulla, Patrycia Ziolkowska, Tunçel Kurtiz, Nursel Köse and Erkan Can.

Another Turkish film that will compete in the Quinzaine de Realisateurs category is “Yumurta” (Egg) by Semih Kaplanoğlu. A co-production between Turkey and Greece, the film was made with the support of Eurimages, Turkey's Ministry of Culture, the Greek Film Center, Efes Pilsen and the Municipality of Tire and features Nejat İşler and Saadet Işıl Aksoy in the leading roles.

“Süt” (Milk), another film project by Kaplanoğlu has been selected for the Atelier section of the festival. Shooting of the film is scheduled for the fall of 2007 as a Turkish, French, German co-production. It will be presented to leading TV stations, production houses and distributors during the 60th Cannes Film Festival.

The ministry has also undertaken the establishment and decoration of Turkish Pavilion in the festival village. The goal of the ministry is to give something back to Turkish cinema, which developed greatly in recent years and started joining international festivals. A 100 square-meter pavilion with a terrace has been established in the festival village and decorated with the help of Turkish Film Producers (SESAM).

Huge screen, huge poster:

As part of the promotional activities planned by the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office in Paris, 40-minute films promoting Turkey and Istanbul will be shown on a huge screen 89 times a day.

A 120 square-meter poster has been posted on this screen. The poster features scenes from Istanbul and Turkish films that are competing at the festival.

During the festival ten Smart cars, covered with scenes from Turkey, will promote Turkey in the city center. A boat named Turkish delight will be used for interviews with Turkish film producers, press conferences and press cocktails during the festival as well.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism will hold a cocktail party for Turkish films competing at the festival. Orhan Pamuk, festival jurors, film producers, artists and journalists will be invited to the cocktail party.  




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