Ar will be joined by acclaimed filmmaker Handan İpekçi, actresses Vahide Gördüm and Bergüzar Korel, authors Ayşe Kulin and Yaşar Seyman, journalist Ayşe Arman, art director Annie Feelmuyden Pertan, actress/singer Şevval Sam, film critic Melis Behlil and Professor Serpil Kırel, a cinema lecturer at İstanbul’s Marmara University, the organizers said.
Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday evening to announce the details of the 48th festival at İstanbul’s Haliç Convention Center, Antalya Mayor Mustafa Akaydın told reporters that this year’s festival, scheduled for Oct. 8-14 in the Mediterranean resort city, would have as its main theme “Ve Kadın Dünyaya Dokundu” (… And Woman Touched the World), a title honoring women’s contributions to cinema and inspired by the 1956 drama “And God Created Woman,” starring Brigitte Bardot.
This year’s festival will also feature a “rerun” of the national competitions of the event’s 16th and 17th editions, which were to take place in 1979 and 1980, respectively, but had to be canceled for various reasons, Akaydın, who also chairs the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Art (AKSAV), told reporters.
The festival committee canceled the 1979 edition as a protest against censorship while the 1980 edition could not take place because of the Sept. 12, 1980 military coup.
The awards for the 1979 and 1980 festivals, christened “Geç Gelen Altın Portallar” (Late-coming Golden Oranges), are to be presented at an award ceremony as part of the festival. The films featured will be those that were originally selected as candidates 30 years ago and the winners will be chosen by the original jury members selected to represent the competition in 1979 and 1980.
The focus of this year’s festival in general will be on the 1980s period with featured films from both Turkey and beyond, illustrating the impact of the decade.
This year’s festival will honor four veteran actors of the silver screen in Turkey, including Tuncel Kurtiz and Perran Kutman, for their body of work. Kurtiz and Kutman will be joined by Engin Çağlar and Halit Akçatepe when they are presented with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Honors at a ceremony during the festival. The festival will also honor filmmaker Mehmet Dinler, the director of over 70 films, notably many films of the comedy franchise “Cilalı İbo.” Stage and screen actor Rutkay Aziz will receive the festival’s “Social Responsibility in Art” award, a prize introduced to the festival program in 2010.
The festival award for the best International Long Feature Film will earn the winner a dizzying TL 350,000 with the Best Debut Film to be awarded with a TL 50,000 prize. The best director will also receive TL 50,000 while the winners of the best scenario, best cinematography and best soundtrack categories each receive TL 30,000.
The festival will also present a selection of forgotten films that have been gathering dust or were buried in old film archives in a special nostalgic category, “Pelikünün İzinde.” Featuring films from both Turkey and beyond, those to be presented include Lütfi Ömer Akad’s “Hudutların Kanunu” (The Law of the Border), which was restored by the World Cinema Foundation, and director Fred Von Bohlen-Hegewald’s Balkan film “Kalabaka,” which was restored by the EYE Film Institute in Holland and will be screened in Turkey for the first time.
Last year 500,000 cinema lovers from all over the world gathered to take part in the festival.