10 titles vying for prizes at Bursa’s Silk Road festival

10 titles vying for prizes at Bursa’s Silk Road festival

October 30, 2009, Friday/ 16:18:00
Ten new Turkish films are in the running for best picture and best director awards at this year's Bursa International Silk Road Film Festival, slated to mark its fourth edition in November in the northwestern province, the festival's organizers announced this week.Five of the 10 titles in the running for Silk Road's Golden Karagöz awards, which come with modest cash prizes of TL 50,000 for best film and TL 25,000 for best director, are entrants that missed out on big prizes at this month's Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) International Film Festival in Antalya.

They are director İlksen Başarır's romantic debut feature “Başka Dilde Aşk” (Love in Another Language); Murat Saraçoğlu's “Deli Deli Olma” (Piano Girl), a comic drama about two cranky elderly Molokan immigrants in a distant eastern Anatolian village; Ümit Ünal's fantastic fiction “Gölgesizler” (Shadowless), which tells of a faraway village where people strangely disappear; Yavuz Özkan's 14th film, “İlkbahar Sonbahar” (Spring-Fall), which follows a filmmaker setting off to change the world; and Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Gorbach's “Kara Köpekler Havlarken” (Black Dogs Barking), which has been touring many of the world's film festivals since its premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January.

The other five contestants in the national competition are “Acı” (Pain), director Cemal Şan's newest drama, which looks at generation gaps through the story of an old man and his granddaughter; “Benim ve Roz'un Sonbaharı” (Me and Roz), Handan Öztürk's account of life in the southeastern Anatolian town of Hasankeyf; “Kara Bulut” (Black Cloud), Turkey-based filmmaker Theron Patterson's debut feature; “Mommo, Kız Kardeşim” (Mommo the Bogeyman), Atalay Taşdiken's harrowing drama about two siblings trying to stick together after the death of their mother; and “Yedi Avlu” (Seven Courtyards), director Semir Aslanyürek's independent film following the stories of seven people in the southern province of Antakya.

Eleven first films from around the world are running in the festival's international feature film competition, where Turkey will be represented by Mahmut Fazıl Coşkun's story of naïve love “Uzak İhtimal” (Wrong Rosary).

The Silk Road festival, organized by the Bursa Municipality in a bid to promote the city internationally, will run from Nov. 14-22 in its fourth year.  It will screen 140 films from 45 countries throughout its nine-day run. Ticket prices for the showings are TL 3, which is expected to significantly increase the number of festivalgoers compared to past years. Still, with its budget of just $2 million, the Silk Road festival is one of the most economical cinematic events of its kind in Turkey. Despite being one of Turkey's youngest international film festivals, Silk Road managed to lure some 70,000 festivalgoers in its third edition last year.

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