15-11-2012

FESTIVALS: Festival on Wheels Announces 2012 Programme

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ANKARA: The 18th Festival on Wheels (www.festivalonwheels.org), 30 November – 10 December 2012, unveiled nine outstanding films that will screen in the Turkish Cinema 2012 section.

The selection includes Mold (Küf) directed by Ali Aydın, the Venice award winning film a father seeking news of his missing son, and Circle (Devir), directed by Derviş Zaim, a look at Anatolia and the cycle of the natural world.

The section has one documentary, Know My Name (Siirt’in Sırrı) co-directed by İnan Temelkuran and Kristen Steven, about the teenage female wrestling champion, which won three awards at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.

Other award-winning films are the feature debut by Belmin Söylemez, Present Tense(Şimdiki Zaman), which won five awards at Istanbul and Adana; and Adana double winner Voice of My Father (Babamın Sesi) directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Doǧan.

Director Erdem Tepegöz is present with The Particle (Zerre), winner of four awards at the Antalya Film Festival, about a family of three women struggling to survive in a hostile work environment.

Inside (Yeraltı), a prize winner at the Istanbul, St Petersburg and Osian’s Cinefan film festivals, directed by Zeki Demirkubuz is an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground set in present-day Ankara.

Somewhere In Between (Araf) directed by Yeşim Ustaoǧlu, a prize winner at the Abu Dhabi, Moscow and Tokyo film festivals, is a tragic love story and coming-of-age film.

Berlin Crystal Bear winner Night of Silence(Lal Gece), and a prize winner at festivals in Nuremburg, Würzburg, Copenhagen, Adana and Tokyo, directed by Reis Çelik, is set in the bridal chamber of a 14-year-old village girl and a man many years her senior.

The festival presents a section on World Cinema, a focus on Turkish actor/writer/director Tuncel Kurtiz, and a special section on films war-themed films.