Festival on Wheels gearing up for 21st year in Ankara

Organized annually by the Ankara Cinema Association (ASD), the festival will mark its 21st edition in three cities until Dec. 10, traveling to Bursa and Kastamonu as well.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Precarious Lives,” which will be explored via a four-film selection that includes two dramatic features and two documentaries: “The Measure of a Man,” director Stéphane Brizé’s 2015 Cannes Film Festival competition entry that won its lead Vincent Lindon the best actor prize; “Requiem for the American Dream,” a 2015 film that features interviews conducted with Noam Chomsky about inequality in the distribution of wealth and power; Michael Winterbottom’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” which had its international premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival; and Turkish female director Emine Emel Balcı’s “Nefesim Kesilene Kadar” (Until I Lose My Breath), which premiered at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival.

A surprise section in this year’s program is “Jazz Goes to Movies,” a selection that highlights the bond between two fields of the arts that both flourished during the 20th century — cinema and jazz. The nine-piece selection, made up of short films and features, is presented with support from the US Embassy in Ankara. The films will be shown in a day-long, free-admission session on Sunday.

Another specialty this year is “Varieté” (Variety), a 1925 silent film by pioneering German director Ewald André Dupont, to be shown on the festival’s last day in Ankara with live music to be performed by Stephen Horne and Frank Bockius.

Eight recent feature films that have debuted to critical acclaim on the international festival circuit, including three countries’ official submissions to next year’s Academy Awards, will be offered in the World Cinema program, one of the festival’s annual staples.

“Turkey 2015,” another festival staple, will feature five recent domestic productions, including “Hasret” (Yearning), the latest offering from director Ben Hopkins, which will have its Turkish premiere at the festival. Other titles on the bill include Emin Alper’s “Abluka” (Frenzy), Tolga Karacelik’s “Sarmasık” (Ivy), female director Senem Tuzen’s “Ana Yurdu” (Motherland) and auteur Zeki Demirkubuz’s “Bulantı” (Nausea).

More than 15 short films from around the world and Turkey will be offered in the “Short Is Good” section, which focuses on films produced in 2014 and 2015, while the Children’s Films program will feature a selection from Norway.


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