The line-up of films and jury members has been unveiled for the International Feature Film Competition of the 57th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, which is to be held by the Antalya Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism
The 10 films selected for the International Feature Film Competition will be considered by a jury comprising Turkish writer-director, Emin Alper, the Romanian producer, Ada Solomon, Artistic Director of the Tribeca and Les Arcs European Film Festivals, Frederic Boyer, the Iranian actor-director, Niki Karimi, and the Brazilian video artist, director and screenwriter, Sandra Kogut.
Turkey's Emin Alper Joins Jury
Ada Solomon, Emin Alper, Frederic Boyer, Niki Karimi and Sandra Kogut make up the five-member jury deciding on this year's International Feature Film Competition awards. Ada Solomon is a Romanian producer and one of two Deputy Chairwomen of the European Film Academy. She has produced over 60 films that have collectively won close to 200 awards at festivals such as Cannes, Locarno and Sundance. Chief among her credits are Child's Pose (Pozitia Copilului), which picked up the Golden Bear at Berlin, and the Oscar nominated Toni Erdmann, which swept the board at the European Film Awards. Emin Alper was quick to make a name for himself in Turkish cinema after winning the Caligari Award at the Berlinale Forum for his debut feature, Beyond the Hill (Tepenin Ardı), and the Special Jury Prize at Venice for his follow-up Frenzy (Abluka). His most recent feature, A Tale of Three Sisters (Kız Kardeşler), premiered at the Berlin Film Festival last year and went on to win multiple awards on the national and international festival circuit. Frederic Boyer is the Artistic Director of both the Tribeca and Les Arcs European Film Festivals, as well as newly appointed Head of Programming at Iceland's Reykjavik International Film Festival. The award-winning Iranian actor, director and screenwriter, Niki Karimi, has worked with multiple filmmakers, including the likes of Behrouz Afkhami, Masoud Kimiai, Dairush Mehrjui and Tahmineh Milani. Since making her directorial debut in 2005 with One Night, which premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, she has continued her career both behind and in front of the camera. The film and video artist, Sandra Kogut, has had her work featured at venues such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Lincoln Center and Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Harvard Film Archive and Forum des Images. Festival-goers will remember her for Three Summers, which screened in Antalya last year after world premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.
Latest Films of the Year at Antalya
The latest films from the past year, most of which world premiered at the Venice Film Festival, will be screened for the first time in Turkey at Antalya. Ten films from countries around the world, ranging from Palestine and France, to Finland and Iran, will compete in the Best Film and Best Director categories for TL120 thousand worth of prize money, and for Golden Orange statuettes in the Best Actress and Best Actor categories.
Much-anticipated titles in this year's competition line-up include: Emmanuel Courcol's Cannes2020Official Selection comedy, The Big Hit, which was inspired by true events in Sweden in 1985 and tells the poignant story of Etienne, an out-of-work actor who runs a theater workshop in a prison, and his adventures staging a production of Waiting for Godot with the inmates; Hungarian director, Lili Horvat's Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time, which explores the fine line between love and madness with echoes of Hitchcock's Vertigo and Kieslowski's The Double Life of Véronique; Pamela Tola's comedy Ladies of Steel, in which a 75-year-old woman looks back on her life during a road trip with her sisters, only to be reminded of all the dreams that were suppressed by a patriarchal marriage; and Massoud Bakhshi's Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, Yalda, a Night for Forgiveness, which addresses the relationship between the media and privacy, while also examining justice and the place of women in Iranian society.
Following hot on the heels of the 77th Venice Film Festival, which wrapped earlier this month, the remaining six films in competition will premiere in Turkey at Antalya. Palestinian director, Ameen Nayfeh's 200 Meters is a powerful portrait of the Palestinian experience in Israeli occupied territory and stars Ali Suliman, known for his performance in films such as Body of Lies, The Kingdom and Paradise Now. In Nowhere Special, which he adapted from a true story, Uberto Pasolini takes a deeply sensitive look at the issues of family and adoption. The Ties, from Daniele Luchetti, is a contemporary story of love, fidelity, betrayal, regret and shame which centers around a couple's 30-year relationship. Ana Roche de Sousa's Listen, which left Venice with the Horizons Special Jury Prize and Lion of the Future Award, holds a mirror to the voiceless in society through the story of a Portuguese couple in the UK. In their second film, Gaza Mon Amour, a love story that could well become a classic, brothers Arab and TarzanNasser highlight the challenges and absurdities of life amid the political upheavals in Gaza. And, after turning heads all over the world with the 2006 drama, Grbavica: The Land of My Dreams, Bosnian director, Jasmila Žbanić, turns her camera on the Bosnian war once again in Quo Vadis, Aida?
The winners of the International Feature Film Competition will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday,October 10, 2020.
The 57th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired by Muhittin Böcek, the Mayor of Antalya, and executive directed by Cansel Çevikol Tuncer, with Ahmet Boyacıoğlu taking the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director.