TODAY’S – First-time director MintaI gets rave reviews in Sarajevo

First-time director MintaI gets rave reviews in Sarajevo Turkish film director Erol MintaI presented his debut feature andldquoAnnemin IarkIsIKlama Dayandicircka Minandrdquo (Song of My Mother) this week at this yearandrsquos Sarajevo Film Festival, garnering both positive reviews from critics and a lengthy ovation from the audience.One of two titles from Turkey in the 2014 festivalandrsquos international competition, along with andldquoKuzuandrdquo (The Lamb) by KutluI Ataman, andldquoSong of My Motherandrdquo had its world premiere on Wednesday.

Writer-director MintaI was joined at Wednesdayandrsquos gala by his filmandrsquos leading cast members Feyyaz Duman, Zubeyde Ronahi and Aziz apkurt.Ronahi, 70, who plays an aging mother in the film, got the loudest applause following the gala screening, the filmandrsquos publicist said in a press release issued Friday.

andldquoSong of My Motherandrdquo follows the intimate story of an ageing mother (Ronahi) and her son (Duman), who are forced to move out of their adopted neighborhood of TarlabaII in Istanbul because of a gentrification project.A co-production between Turkey, France and Germany, the film was shot in Istanbul and the town of DoIubeyazIt in the eastern province of AIrI in the fall of 2013.

It is one of nine films competing for the Heart of Sarajevo Award, which comes with a prize of 16,000 euros ($21,397). The competition has entries from Austria, Bosnia, Croatia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece and Hungary.

The Sarajevo Film Festival, marking its 20th edition through Aug. 23, is billed as the largest event of its kind in the Balkans.

The festival annually draws around 100,000 film fans to the Bosnian capital. This yearandrsquos program, the most comprehensive in the festivalandrsquos history, features around 250 films from 60 countries.

Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr chairs this yearandrsquos international competition jury, which also includes actress Melissa Leo and Chris Dercon, the director of Londonandrsquos Tate Modern. The jury will announce the winners on Aug.

23.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman