With its 12-film national competition lineup, which also includes İlksen Başarır’s debut modern-day romance “Başka Dilde Aşk” (Love in Another Language), which won audience and critics’ awards at the Antalya Golden Orange and Bursa Silk Road festivals, the 21st edition of the Ankara film festival will serve as a somewhat brief summary of the previous season in the Turkish film industry.
Slated for March 11-21 in the Turkish capital, the festival will also see “Min Dit,” the sensational Kurdish-language drama by German-based young filmmaker Miraz Bezar, in the running for the best film award. Other titles in contention include Cemal Şan’s generation-gap drama “Acı” (Pain), Atıl İnaç’s Iraq war tragedy “Büyük Oyun” (A Step into the Darkness) and husband-and-wife directors Mehmet Bahadır Er and Maryna Gorbach’s “Kara Köpekler Havlarken” (Black Dogs Barking), the Ankara-based World Mass Media research foundation announced in a written statement.
“Orada” (There), by Hakkı Kurtuluş, “Çıngıraklı Top” (The Ringing Ball), by Mahir Egemen Ertürk, “Deli Deli Olma” (Piano Girl), by Murat Saraçoğlu and “Kako Si?” by Özlem Akovalıgil round out the competition bill.
Twenty-eight films in three categories -- fiction, animated and experimental – will vie in the festival’s national short film competition, the statement said.