Three Turkish films to be featured at Las Palmas film festival

March 28, 2011, Monday/ 17:32:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Three Turkish films will be screened at next month’s Las Palmas International Film Festival on the Canary Islands, news agencies reported last week.

Director Seyfi Teoman’s second film, “Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz” (Our Grand Despair), and Selim Güneş’s debut “Kar Beyaz” (White as Snow) have been included in the New Directors program of the festival, which will mark its 12th edition on April 1-9, the Anatolia news agency reported. Deniz Dural Metin’s “Ben Hatice” (I am Hatice) will be shown as part of the festival’s official short film selection.

“The festival has never featured so many Turkish films and indeed there could have been more included were it not for screening limits,” Luis Miranda, a spokesperson for the festival, told Anatolia.

Miranda said that because the Las Palmas festival was not one of the better-known international Spanish film festivals, they were working on a small budget. Running on a budget of about 1.2 million euros, the festival is more inclined to select films that have been screened in international festivals in other countries, he explained.

“Personally, my knowledge of Turkish films is not great but I really enjoyed the Turkish films we have included in the program this year,” Miranda said. The inclusion of these films would provide a good opportunity for the residents of the Canary Islands to get acquainted with contemporary Turkish cinema, he added.

Films from Spain, Germany, US, Greece, China, France, Malaysia, Mexico and Argentina are on this year’s lineup. Canary Islands-born director Mateo Gil’s new film “Blackthorn” was chosen as the opening film of this year’s festival. American actor Willem Dafoe and French actor Jean-Pierre Léaud will be the recipients of this year’s cinema honors at the fest’s opening gala on April 1.

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