Ercan Kesal’s Pick: Justice and Conscience

As part of its programme every year, the Festival on Wheels invites a figure from the world of cinema to choose a handful films based around a specific theme. This year’s guest is the Turkish actor-writer, Ercan Kesal, who has singled out three titles for festivalgoers. Each of the films offers a different treatment of the theme of justice and conscience, which Kesal regards as the fundamental problematic of our existence”. His selections are: 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.

For Kesal, cinema is a way to stop the passage of time. He describes his selections as three examples of the connection that cinema forges with justice and conscience. In Q&A sessions held after screenings, festival audiences will have the chance to interact directly with Ercan Kesal.