The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival raises the curtain on its 56th edition on October 26th. The Festival’s World Cinema section presents 10 films that have impressed at top-tier international festivals from Cannes and Venice to Sundance and Toronto. Of these, the Billie Piper directed drama, Rare Beasts, and documentary filmmaker, Lauren Greenfield’s strong Oscar nomination contender, The Kingmaker, will be premiering in Turkey at the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
From Cannes to Antalya
Four titles in the World Cinema section that are guaranteed talking points come from this year’s 72nd edition of the Cannes Film Festival. They include: the Palme d’Or winning black comedy, Parasite, from Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director known for modern film classics such as The Host (2006), Mother (2009) and Snowpiercer (2013), but also for his controversial 2017 fantasy adventure, Okja; Brazilian filmmaker, Karim Aïnouz’s latest feature and Un Certain Regard winner, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão, which, through its stunning visual craft, morphs latterly into a powerful piece of epic cinema; and the critically lauded, Cannes Best Screenplay winner and Indiewire “Film of the Year”, Portrait of a Lady on Fire from Céline Sciamma, the French director of Tomboy (2011) and Girlhood (2014).
The fourth Cannes title of the line-up is the compelling documentary, Diego Maradona, which screened out of competition on the Croisette. It comes from Academy Award winning British director, Asif Kapadia, whose previous work includes Senna (2010) and Amy (2015). Seen as a sure-fire Oscar nominee, Kapadia’s latest documentary was constructed from over 500-hours of previously unseen footage centering on the 1980s career of legendary Argentine soccer player, Diego Armando Maradona. The result is a touching and fiery portrait of arguably the greatest footballer of all time.
Turkish Premieres in Antalya
Two films in World Cinema will be seen by audiences for the first time in Turkey at the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. The first is Rare Beasts, the directorial debut of Billie Piper, an award-winning British actor known for the cult television series Doctor Who (2005), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007) and Mansfield Park (2007). Piper co-stars with Lily James, David Thewlis and Kerry Fox in the picture, which was hailed by critics as one of the best romantic comedies of the year following its world premiere at Venice. The second Turkish premiere comes in the form of Lauren Greenfield’s documentary, The Kingmaker, a strong contender in the Oscars race. The name behind more remarkable documentaries like Thin (2006) and The Queen of Versailles (2012), Greenfield delivers an enthralling exposé of corruption in her portrait of Imelda Marcos, the “Iron Butterfly” and First Lady to Ferdinand Marcos, the former Philippine president alleged to have jailed and murdered thousands of opponents during his 20-year dictatorship after martial law was imposed in 1972.
The four remaining titles in World Cinema’s tantalizing line-up are: winner of a Special Jury Mention at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival, Marona’s Fantastic Tale, from Anca Damian, the Romanian director known for her award-winning docudrama animations, Crulic - The Path to Beyond (2011) and The Magic Mountain (2015); the mesmerizing Monos, winner of the Best Film at San Sebastián and World Cinema Special Jury Award at Sundance, from Alejandro Landes, the Brazilian director who first appeared on festival radars with his 2011 drama, Porfirio; Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to last year’s Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters, The Truth, this year’s Venice Film Festival opener and in many ways a tribute to Catherine Deneuve, who stars alongside Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke; and finally, La Belle Epoque, a comedy with a stellar cast featuring the likes of Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Fanny Ardant, which marks French actor Nicolas Bedos’s second foray behind the camera after 2017’s Mr. and Mrs. Adelmann.