Emerging directors dominate Golden Orange competition

September 16, 2009, Wednesday/ 15:43:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Sixteen new Turkish titles, among them eight first films, will vie for prizes in next month's Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) International Film Festival in the Mediterranean holiday hotspot of Antalya, the festival's organizers said on Tuesday.The domination of the national competition lineup by films by a number of up-and-coming moviemakers highlights the fact that a young generation of film directors are creating their own niche in the Turkish movie industry, leading the way toward brighter days for the industry, which set out on an uphill journey in the last decade with a significant rise in both the number of movies being produced annually and the number of Turkish titles being screened in prestigious festivals around the world.

Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın, who also heads the group organizing the festival, the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Art (AKSAV), and AKSAV artistic director Vecdi Sayar, announcing the eagerly anticipated details of this year's Golden Orange festival at a news conference in İstanbul, said 160 titles from Turkey and overseas will be screened at the festival, now in its 46th year.

The annual festival is set to open its doors to movie buffs and film professionals from Oct. 10 to 17. After parting ways with the İstanbul-based Turkish Foundation for Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TÜRSAK), AKSAV is organizing this year's Golden Orange on its own for the first time.

Apart from the 16 titles in the national feature film competition, 25 documentaries and 26 short films will also compete for prizes at the prestigious event, revered for being Turkey's longest-running cinematic gathering. After ditching its sister event, the Eurasia International Film Festival, the Golden Orange is also incorporating an international feature film competition into its schedule this year, where 10 productions “by outstanding filmmakers of Asia and Europe, from Hungary to England … and from Armenia to Serbia … will be in the running,” the organizers said.

Emre Şahin's “40,” Meriç Demiray's “Babam Büfe” (Babam Snacks), İlksen Başarır's “Başka Dilde Aşk” (Love in Another Language), Orhan Eskiköy and Özgür Doğan's “İki Dil Bir Bavul” (On the Way to School), Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Gorbach's “Kara Köpekler Havlarken” (Black Dogs Barking), Miraz Bezar's “Min Dit,” Bahadır Karataş's “Usta” (Master) and Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun's “Uzak İhtimal” (Wrong Rosary), all of which are debut efforts by their respective directors, make up half of the national feature competition lineup.

Kutluğ Ataman's “Aya Seyahat” (Journey to the Moon), Onur Ünlü's “Beş Şehir” (Five Cities), İnan Temelkuran's “Bornova Bornova,” Murat Saraçoğlu's “Deli Deli Olma,” Ümit Ünal's “Gölgesizler” (The Shadowless), Yavuz Özkan's “İlkbahar Sonbahar” (Spring Autumn), Zeki Demirkubuz's “Kıskanmak” (Envy) and Reha Erdem's “Kosmos” (Cosmos) round out the 16 titles in the national competition, to be evaluated by a panel of judges headed by veteran filmmaker Erden Kıral. Other names on the nine-member jury are actor İzzet Günay, filmmaker Mustafa Altıoklar, actress Nurgül Yeşilçay, film critic Ömür Gedik, screenwriter Sırrı Süreyya Önder and actor-musician Yavuz Bingöl.

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