The Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey’s longest running film event, is counting down the hours to its 56th edition. Opening on October 26, the Festival will be based around the theme “Return to Roots” and screen a total of 66 films by 69 directors from 29 countries Tickets will be on sale from October 23 through the online ticketing platform, Biletix. The Festival’s opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the AntalyaIndoor Sports Complex, while film screenings will take place in the Aspendos and Perge Halls of the Antalya Cultural Center (AKM) and Cinemaximum theater (screens six and seven) within the Migros Mall.
New Festival team
Presented by the Mayor of Municipal Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is directed this year by Ahmet Boyacıoğlu, screenwriter, director, and co-founded of the Festival on Wheels. Cansel Çevikol Tuncer takes over as Executive Director and Başak Emre as the Festival’s artistic director. The Antalya Film Forum is headed by Olena Yershova Yıldız.
Türkan Şoray adorns Festival poster
With an eye-catching design that reflects the “Return to Roots” theme, the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival poster features an iconic image of Türkan Şoray. Affectionately known as the “sultan of Turkish cinema”, Şoray became the first Golden Orange winning actress in 1964 when she was named Best Female Actor for her performance in Metin Erksan’s film, Bitter Life (Acı Hayat).
Festival to begin with signature parade
The 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival gets underway on Saturday October 26 with its traditional signature parade. With famous names from the world of film and television taking part, the parade will wind up at the Indoor Sports Complex in time for the Festival’s Opening Ceremony. A fully inclusive event to which the Antalya public are invited, the ceremony will see the presentation of the Festival’s Honorary Awards and the Yıldırım Önal Tribute Award. Guests will include Türkan Şoray, the face of this year’s Festival poster.
Honorary Awards for Selma Güneri and Ahmet Mekin
The 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival’s Honorary Awards will be presented to veteran actors, Selma Güneri and Ahmet Mekin. Güneri is known above all for her remarkable performances in Road without End (Bitmeyen Yol, 1965), I Live as Long as I Die (Ben Öldükçe Yaşarım, 1965) and The Last Birds (Son Kuşlar, 1966), which won her the Best Female Actor Award at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 1966. And Mekin, one of Turkish cinema’s outstanding male leads and character actors, has starred in countless classics from The Wedding (Düğün, 1973) to The Girl with the Red Scarf (Selvi Boylum, Al Yazmalım, 1977).
ÇASOD to honor Can Kolukısa
The Opening Ceremony will also mark the restoration of the Yıldırım Önal Tribute Award given by the Turkish Association of Contemporary Film Actors (ÇASOD) to an actor of excellence on both stage and screen. The award, which was withdrawn two years ago, will be presented on the opening night to Can Kolukısa. A stage actor who launched his film career in 1976 with Zeki Ökten’s King of the Doormen (Kapıcılar Kralı), Kolukısa went on to star in numerous high-profile films, including The Postman (Postacı, 1984), The Woman Who Must Be Hanged (Asılacak Kadın, 1985), You Sing Your Songs (Sen Türkülerini Söyle, 1986), Selamsiz’s Band (Selamsız Bandosu, 1987), Arabesque (Arabesk, 1988), Blue Exile (Mavi Sürgün, 1992) and Dreams, Reality and Cinema (Düş, Gerçek, Bir De Sinema, 1995). Alongside his film performances, Kolukısa is also a familiar face from popular television series such as Ivy Mansion (Asmalı Konak), Borders of Love (Yabancı Damat), Lady’s Farm (Hanımın Çiftliği), The Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl) and Wounded Love (Vatanım Sensin).
National Competitions are back!
After being dropped two years ago, the National Competitions are returning home to Antalya in 2019. Of the 50 submissions received, a shortlist of 10 films will compete in the National Feature Film Competition, and eight of them will be premiering in Turkey. A further six films will make their world premieres at the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. The 10 official selections are:
Breath (Soluk), dir. Özkan Yılmaz
Chronology (Kronoloji), dir. Ali Aydın
La Belle Indifference (Küçük Şeyler), dir. Kıvanç Sezer
Love, Spells and All That (Aşk, Büyü, Vs.), dir. Ümit Ünal
Not Knowing (Bilmemek), dir. Leyla Yılmaz
Omar and Us (Omar ve Biz), dir. Maryna Er Gorbach & Mehmet Bahadır Er
Steppe (Bozkır), dir. Ali Özel
The Adventures of Şukran the Lame (Topal Şükran’ın Maceraları), dir. Onur Ünlü
The Antenna (Bina), dir. Orçun Behram
Walnut Tree (Ceviz Ağacı), dir. Faysal Soysal
These films will compete across 14 categories for total prize money of TL 720 thousand, including the TL 250 thousand award for Best Film. The National Feature Film Competition Jury, chaired by Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz, will decide on the winners. He is joined on the jury by cinematographer, Emre Erkmen, author and screenwriter, Latife Tekin, actor and screenwriter, Mert Fırat, and actor and producer, Şebnem Bozuklu.
Further awards are also to be had in the National Feature Film Competition. The Film-Yön Best Director Award will be given by a Film Directors’ Association Jury made up of members, Biket İlhan, Murat Düzgünoğlu and Melih Saraçoğlu, while a jury comprising the film critics, Agah Özgüç, Banu Bozdemir and Bülent Vardar, will determine the winner of this year’s Film Critics’ Association (SİYAD) Award. A film from the competition line-up also stands to receive the Audience Award based on the votes of the Antalya public.
Cahide Sonku’s name to live on at Antalya
Another of the new departures at the 56thAntalya Golden Orange Film Festival is the Cahide Sonku Award, which comes with a TL 50 thousand prize attached. Launching this year, the award will be presented in memory of Cahide Sonku, a trailblazer considered by many to be Turkey’s first female director and producer, but also an actress whose performance as Aysel in the 1935 film, The Girl from the Marshes (Bataklı Damın Kızı), opened the doors to stardom for the next generation. In keeping Sonku’s memory alive, the award aims to draw attention to the representation and visibility of women in the Turkish film industry. The National Feature Film Competition jury will present the Cahide Sonku Award to a female filmmaker who has worked on one of the competition films either in front of or behind the camera, and whose efforts and vision have shaped the film.
TL 60 thousand to documentary films
The official selection in this year’s National Documentary Film Competition, which brings together the outstanding documentaries of the past year, comprises a line-up of 10 films:
Aether, dir. Rûken Tekeş
Amina, dir. Kıvılcım Akay
Blue Hotel (Mavi Otel), dir. Hasan Basri Özdemir & Emre Karadaş
Dentist’s Fear (Dişçinin Korkusu), dir. Murat Erün
Dictionary of Waste: Recycling Definitions and Images (Atık Sözlüğü: Tanımların ve İmajların Geri Dönüşümü), dir. Alper Şen
Do You Think God Loves Immigrant Children, Mom? (Tanrı Göçmen Çocukları Sever mi Anne?), dir. Rena Lusin Bitmez
I Had a Dream You Won’t Understand Even If I Tell (Bir Rüya Gördüm, Anlatsam da Anlamazsınız), dir. Burcu Esenç & Cantekin Cantez
The Boss (Patron), dir. Hasan Başoğlu
Under the Road, It’s the River (Asfaltın Altında Dereler Var!), dir. Yasin Semiz
Women’s Country (Kadınlar Ülkesi), dir. Şirin Bahar Demirel
These 10 films will be considered by a jury composed of film critic and academic, Melis Behlil, the director-producer, Nurdan Arca, and Veton Nurkollari, the artistic director of DokuFest. The jury will present the Best Film Award, worth TL 40 thousand in prize money, and the Special Jury Prize, worth TL 20 thousand.
TL 30 thousand to two short films
In all, 15 short films will compete in the National Short Film Competition for the TL 20 thousand Best Film Award and TL 10 thousand Special Jury Award. Additionally, Fono Film, one of Turkey’s leading production and post-production houses, is offering producers in competition the chance to print DCP copies free of charge.
The actress, Tuğçe Altuğ, Berlinale coordinator, Wilhelm Faber, and director Rezan Yeşilbaş make up this year’s short film jury and will decide on the winners from the following shortlist:
Ah, Asuman!, dir. Ümit Kıvanç
Aylin, dir. Ozan Yoleri
Are You Listening Mother? (Duyuyor Musun Anne?), dir. Tuna Kaptan
As Life Goes On (Günlerin Ardından), dir. Ferit Karol
Black Sun (Siyah Güneş) dir. Arda Çiltepe
I Don’t Want to Die Today (Bugün Ölmek İstemiyorum), dir. Onur Sefer
I’m Raining Down into The City (Yağmur Olup Şehre Düşüyorum), dir. Kasım Ördek
Lunchbox (Öğle Arası), dir. Demet Derelioğlu Aran
Lupus, dir. Gokhan İpekkan
My Blue Car (Mavi Arabam), dir. Deniz Dirin
My Sister (Ablam), dir. Burcu Aykar
Not Me (Ben Değilim), dir. Cenkay Kılıç
Stone (Taş), dir. Alican Yücesoy
There (Orada), dir. Zeynep Köprülü
The Stranger (Yabancı), dir. Damla Kırkalı
Special ceremony for winners of Alternative Competition
The 2019 Festival has also decided to present awards to the winners of the Alternative National Competitions. Initiated and organized by director, Kaan Müjdeci, this alternative event has been held in Istanbul for the last two years following the previous festival administration’s decision to eliminate the national competitions from the program. The winners will be in Antalya for the Festival to pick up their awards, meaning that their names will officially go down in the Festival’s award history. The winners are:
54th National Competition, 2017
Best Film: Onur Saylak (More / Daha)
Best Director: Onur Ünlü (Put to the Things / Put Şeylere)
Best Screenplay: Emre Yeksan & Ahmet Büke (The Gulf / Körfez)
Best Female Actor: Hazar Ergüçlü (Snow / Kar)
Best Actor: Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan & Hayat Van Eck (More / Daha)
55th National Competition, 2018
Best Film: Tayfun Pirselimoğlu (Sideway / Yol Kenarı)
Best Director: Mehmet Ali Konar (Colorless Dream / Renksiz Rüya)
Best Screenplay: Çağla Zencirci, Ramata Sy & Guillaume Giovanetti (Sibel)
Best Female Actor: Damla Sönmez (Sibel)
Best Actor: Tansu Biçer (Sideway / Yol Kenarı)
Strong line-up for International Competition
A line-up of 10 films from countries as various as Belgium, Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar, Rwanda, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Tunisia, will compete in the Best Film and Best Director categories for total prize money worth close to TL 100 thousand.
This year’s International Feature Film Competition Jury will be chaired by director Wolfgang Becker, who rose to international fame with Good Bye Lenin! He is joined on the jury by Rúnar Rúnarsson, the independent filmmaker from Iceland, the Dutch actress, Johanna ter Steege, Polish producer, Ewa Puszczynska, and Jay Jeon, director of the Busan Film Festival. The films they will be judging are:
A Son, dir. Mehdi Barsaoui
Beware of Children, dir. Dag J. Haugerud
Castle of Dreams, dir. Reza Mirkarimi
Let There Be Light, dir. Marko Škop
Only the Animals, dir. Dominik Koll
Our Lady of the Nile, dir. Atiq Rahimi
The Diary of Diana B, dir. Dana Budisavljević
They Say Nothing Stays the Same, dir. Joe Odagiri
Those Who Remained, dir. Barnabás Tóth
Three Summers, dir. Sandra Kogut
TL 530 thousand in support from Antalya Film Forum
Now into its sixth edition, the Antalya Film Forum is Turkey’s leading funding and networking platform. This year, awards will be presented in the Fiction Pitching, Fiction Works in Progress, Documentary Work in Progress, and Sümer Tilmaç Antalya Film Support Fund categories. The Sümer Tilmaç Fund, a one of its kind in Turkey, is geared specifically towards promoting Antalya as a filming location.
In bringing together directors and producers from Turkey with film professionals from all over the world, the Antalya Film Forum has transformed Antalya into the nerve center of the Turkish film industry. This year, 160 submissions were received, producing a shortlist of 29 projects. These will be evaluated by expert names in the field, including Kirsten Niehuus, Remi Burah, Mustafa Kara, Frederic Boyer, Nicolai Korsgaard, Michele Halberstadt, Emmanuel Chicon, İlksen Başarır, Thorsten Ritter, and Ömür Atay. Offering a total TL 530 thousand worth of funding and ancillary award support, the Antalya Film Forum will take place from October 28-30 under the directorship this year of Olena Yershova Yıldız.
The producer of multiple award-winning films since 1994, the Turkish Broadcasting Corporation (TRT) is also an integral part of the Antalya Film Forum, and this year will be presenting TRT Awards in two categories worth a total of TL 80 thousand. One film in the Fiction Works in Progress category stands to win the TL 50 thousand TRT Award, while another project in the Documentary Work in Progress section will receive financial support to the tune of TL 30 thousand.
As well as giving directors and producers from Turkey the opportunity to pitch their new projects to international industry professionals, the Antalya Film Forum will also function as a crucial meeting space for all people working in film through its program of masterclasses, conversations and workshops.
World films at Antalya!
The Festival’s World Cinema section promises audiences 10 films that have impressed at top-tier international festivals from Cannes and Venice to Sundance and Toronto. The films will be screening for the first time in Antalya.
The compelling line-up includes: the Palme d’Or winning black comedy, Parasite, from Bong Joon-ho; Brazilian filmmaker, Karim Aïnouz’s latest feature and Un Certain Regard winner, The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão; the powerful drama and Cannes Best Screenplay winner, Portrait of a Lady on Fire, from Céline Sciamma; Oscar-winning director, Asif Kapadia’s Diego Maradona, a documentary on the legendary Argentine soccer player; Marona’s Fantastic Tale, the latest masterpiece from Romanian director, Anca Damian, and winner of a Special Jury Mention at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival; Alejandro Landes’s mesmerizing Monos, which won Best Film at San Sebastián and the World Cinema Special Jury Award at Sundance; Japanese director, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Venice Film Festival opener, The Truth, which brings together Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve in the lead roles; and La Belle Epoque, a comedy with an A-class cast from French actor, Nicolas Bedos, starring the likes of Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet and Fanny Ardant.
Another two films in World Cinema will premiere in Turkey at the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. The first is Rare Beasts, the directorial debut of British actress, Billie Piper, who stars alongside Lily James, David Thewlis and Kerry Fox; and the second, Lauren Greenfield’s The Kingmaker, a documentary on Imelda Marcos, the “Iron Butterfly” and First Lady to former Philippine president, Ferdinand Marcos.
The Special Screenings section of the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival presents four films. Among the out-of-competition screenings are: Pelin Esmer’s Queen Lear (Kraliçe Lear), which screened at the Sarajevo and San Sebastián festivals, and won the Yılmaz Güney Award at Adana; Noah Land (Nuh Tepesi), the first dramatic feature from Cenk Ertürk which stars Haluk Bilginer and Ali Atay, won Best Screenplay and Best Actor at Tribeca where it world premiered, and picked up Best Film at Adana; and Emin Alper’s mystical drama, A Tale of Three Sisters (Kız Kardeşler), which stars Cemre Ebüzziya, Ece Yüksel and Helin Kandemir, and left the Istanbul Film Festival with Best Film, Best Director and Best Female Actor Awards for each of the three leads.
The section’s fourth title and biggest surprise is Muhsin Ertuğrul’s 1927 silent film, Tamilla, which was previously thought to have been lost forever. Adapted from the novel of the same name by French magistrate and author, Ferdinand Duchêne, Tamilla will screen for the first time in 92 years at the 56th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival. One of two films made by Muhsin Ertuğrul during his stint at the All-Ukrainian Photo & Cinema Administration (VUFKU), Tamilla will be shown in the Perge Hall on November 1 with the collaboration of the Ukraine-based Oleksandr Dovzhenko Film Center. Live music accompaniment will be provided by Ayşe Tütüncü on piano and Miray Eslek on clarinet.
Oranges for kids!
The Festival also promises a surprise for Junior Festival audiences in the Golden Orange for Kids: Fun Cartoons section, a program of colorful, entertaining animations. The selection includes Dust Buddies, Dancin’ the Camera, Catastrophe, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Papa’s Boy, Mouse for Sale and Two Balloons, which will screen free of charge for Festival juniors over four days.
Signing up for a world of equality
As a new signatory to the Pledge forGender Parity and Inclusion, the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has become part of the international 5050 by 2020 movement that has begun to impact the filmmaking world, particularly Hollywood, and festivals, too. Working across the breadth of the entertainment industry, the intersectional power movement aims to achieve gender equality by 2020, and is supported by the likes of celebrity actors Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart and Salma Hayek, as well as premier world festivals such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice.
150 students in Antalya!
The Golden Orange Film School, a brand-new youth project initiated this year, will welcome in Antalya 150 radio, television, film, media, communications and visual arts students from universities across Turkey as guests of the Festival.
Antalya Cultural Center (AKM / Glass Pyramid Area)
AKM Aspendos Hall, AKM Perge Hall
Sakıp Sabancı Bulvarı No. 18, Meltem Mahallesi, Muratpaşa, Antalya
Antalya Migros AVM
Cinemaximum Screen 6, Cinemaximum Screen 7
Migros Mall, Arapsuyu Mahallesi, Atatürk Bulvarı No. 3
TICKETS: biletix.com - Full price: TL 5 Concessions: TL 3
Students, teachers and retired persons are eligible for concessions.
All screenings in the AKM Perge Hall,
all screenings in the National Short Film Competition,
National Documentary Competition and Golden Orange for Kids: Fun Cartoons sections, and all Lunchtime Conversations are free of charge.