Festival on Wheels announces high-profile competition lineup

November 16, 2010, Tuesday/ 17:41:00

Two films from Turkey, “Çoğunluk” (The Majority) and “Saç” (Hair), will vie for the Golden Bull awards in this year’s Festival on Wheels, Turkey’s annual traveling festival of arthouse and indie productions, the event’s organizers announced on Monday.

“Çoğunluk,” the debut feature directing effort by Seren Yüce, which premiered at this year’s Venice film festival, where it won the Lion of the Future award for debut film; and “Saç,” Tayfun Pirselimoğlu’s most recent drama that had its world premiere in August at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival, are among nine international titles running in the competitive section of the 16th Festival on Wheels, the Ankara Cinema Association (ASD) said in a written statement.

Two films from Hungary -- “Pàl Adrienn,” female filmmaker Ágnes Kocsis’s Cannes Un Certain Regard prize-winning drama; and “Bibliotheque Pascal,” Szabolcs Hajdu’s Berlin Forum title that was selected as Hungary’s submission for the foreign language film Oscar -- are among the nine titles in competition.

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai’s “Rizhao Chongqing” (Chongqing Blues), which ran in the main competition at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival; and “Illégal” (Illegal), Belgian Olivier Masset-Depasse’s sophomore feature that has been selected as the Belgian entrant for the 83rd Academy Awards, are also in contention.

Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong’s Rotterdam International Film Festival Tiger Award recipient “Mundane History”; and another award-winning debut, “Octubre” (October) by Peruvian brothers Daniel Vega Vidal and Diego Vega Vidal, are other films running for the Golden Bull prize, which comes with a 10,000 euros cash prize.

The festival will hit the road in December for its 16th edition, beginning its journey on Dec. 3 in Ankara, its birthplace, where it will stay for four days before setting out to the eastern Black Sea city of Artvin for its main stint, which will last from Dec. 10-16. The festival will this year also travel to Ordu, another city on Turkey’s eastern Black Sea coast, where it will hold a three-day program from Dec. 17-19.

This year’s festival will be held under the main theme “Coup!” A selection of the most recent films by Turkish directors will be featured in the festival’s “Turkish Cinema 2010” section, while a special program of short films by the Swedish duo Ola Simonsson and Johannes Stjärne Nilsson will also be offered. More details of the program are expected to be announced on Friday on the festival’s website, www.festivalonwheels.org.

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