Organized by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, the Festival on Wheels completed its tour with a showcase of cinema for the 23rd year from 1-14 December 2017. This year’s Festival itinerary took in the cities of Ankara, Sinop and Kastamonu.
World Cinema 2017
Alen Drljevic’s Men Don’t Cry, Vivian Qu‘s film Angels Wear White, Iranian director Vahid Jalilvand’s No Date, No Signature, Wajib from Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir, Happy End from Michael Haneke, very impressive documentary City of Ghosts from Matthew Heineman, as second documentary Chavela from American activist directors, Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi, and the last film of Agnès Varda and JR; Faces Places met with the audience.
This year Turkish films were Onur Saylak’s More (Daha) Pelin Esmer’s Something Useful (İşe Yarar Bir Şey), Emre Yeksan’s debut film, The Gulf (Körfez) and Fikret Reyhan’s Yellow Heat (Sarı Sıcak). The screenings followed the q&a’s with film crews.
Ercan Kesal’s Pick: Justice and Conscience
As part of its programme every year, the Festival on Wheels invited a figure from the Turkish of cinema to choose a handful films based around a specific theme. This year’s guest was the Turkish actor-writer, Ercan Kesal, who had singled out three titles for festivalgoers. Each of the films offered a different treatment of the theme of justice and conscience, which Kesal regards as “the fundamental problematic of our existence”. His selections were: Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (2016), Krzysztof Kieslowski’s A Short Film About Killing (1988) and 12 Angry Men, the 1957 production directed by Sydney Lumet. Each film was presented by Ercan Kesal.
If You Knew Your Fate, Would You Do It Anyway?
The Festival on Wheels presented two of Denis Villeneuve’s most thought-provoking and visually arresting works with Kitty Aal’s presentations: Polytechnique (2009) and Incendies (2010).
Comedy Italian Style
With Comedy Italian Style, the Festival on Wheels were met audiences to sample Italian film from the 1960s, with the collaboration of Cinema Ritrovato Film Festival. The comedies were Pietro Germi’s The Birds, the Bees and the Italians (Signore & Signori, 1966), Antonio Pietrangeli’s I Knew Her Well (Io la conoscevo bene, 1965) and Dino Risi’s The Easy Life (Il Sorpasso, 1962). Guy Borlée from Cinema Ritrovato presented the films.
Silent Divas: Timeless and Rebellious
The Spanish Dancer directed by Herbert Brenon and Filibus: Mysterious Pirate of the Skies directed by Mario Roncoroni, both films accompanied by live music from the Turkish band, Baba Zula and with the presentation of Walter Swagemakers from Eye Film Institute.
Live Cinema: Hollymood
Hollymood is a live performance art that is directed by Sandra Latanauskaite, with pantomime artist Evelina Brėdikytė‘s creative performance, the audience had a pleasant moments.
Yol: The Full Version
After debuting at Cannes in the Classics 2017 section, Yol: The Full Version has been shown for the first time in Turkey at the Festival on Wheels with the presentation of the producer Donat Keusch.
Guy Ben Ner: Family, Lies and Videotapes
Guy Ben-Ner’s films Spies, Moby Dick, Stealing Beauty, Soundtrack and Escape Artists were shown during the festival accompanied by an Artist Talk with Köken Ergun and Guy Ben-Ner. Besides the screening, an exhibition of Guy Ben Ner which is curated by Melis Golar was held.
Short is Good and Children’s Films
With Short is Good, the Festival on Wheels put together a mini-programme for short film fans. The section hosted once again at the Goethe Institut.
For this year’s selection of Children’s Films, the Festival on Wheels had chosen to focus on work coming out of Canada. Another bonus for children was the Animation Workshop led by Roland Schütz.