here are 13 features in official selection, 10 of which play in competition. Six of the 13 are directed by women, including the world premiere of Aida Begic’s Turkey-Bosnia co-production Never Leave Me which opens the selection out of competition.
Dorota Kobeila and Hugh Welchman’s animation hybrid Loving Vincent will close the selection, also out of competition.
Titles playing in competition include Sean Baker’s warmly-received The Florida Project, which premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, and Michel Hazanavicius’s Jean-Luc Godard biopic Redoubtable, which played in this year’s Cannes competition.
Each of the competition titles will be eligible for seven awards – best film (€50,000), best director (€25,000), best actress (€2,500), best actor (€2,500), Behlül Dal Award and Special Jury Award, and Dr. Avni Tolunay Audience Award (€10,000).
Mike Downey, artistic director of Antalya Film Festival, commented: “The global refugee crisis and gender equality are two of the most pressing issues of our times. And it is natural that this first edition under my curation reflects that. Cinema is a reflection of the world we live in, and we have aimed to capture those times both locally and globally.
“Equally, the festival wishes to be an incubator for the next generation of film makers, by recognising the great masters of Turkish cinema, and by including the best of contemporary features and allowing them to compete as peers alongside the best in world cinema, is providing the Turkish film industry with the proud place that it deserves on the international scene – competing as an equal player with the best of world cinema.”
Antalya Film Festival 2017 official selection:
Never Leave Me (dir. Aida Begic), Turkey/Bosnia, Opening Film (World Premiere) [Out Of Competition]
Loving Vincent (dirs. Dorota Kobeila/Hugh Welchman), UK/Poland, Closing Film [Out Of Competition]
Angels Wear White (dir. Vivian Qu), China
April’s Daughter (dir. Michel Franco), Mexico
The Florida Project (dir. Sean Baker), US
The Guest (dir. Andac Haznedaroglu), Turkey [World Premiere]
Human Flow (dir. Ai Wei Wei), China/Germany
A Man Of Integrity (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof), Iran
The Other Side Of Hope (dir. Aki Kaurismaki), Finland/Germany – [Out Of Competition]
Radiance (dir. Naomi Kawase), Japan/France
Redoutable (dir. Michel Hazanavicius), France
Scary Mother (dir. Ana Urushadze), Georgia
Ugly Duckling (dir. Ender Ozkahraman), Turkey [World Premiere]
Source: Screen Daily