As in previous years, the World Cinema section of the 27th Festival on Wheels brings audiences a handpicked selection of the latest films to have screened, won awards and made a splash at premier international festivals. The World Cinema Section is supported by the Embassy of the USA, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of Denmark, Embassy of Ireland, Embassy of Spain, Embassy of Israel, Embassy of Poland and Goethe Institut Ankara.
Park Chan-wook’s Decision to Leave, which picked up the Best Director Award at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, tells the story of a detective who falls in love with the suspect in a murder case he is investigating. Awarded Best European Film Audience Award at San Sebastian, Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s The Beasts explores the aggression shown by villagers toward a couple who move to the countryside to be close to nature. In Anna Jadowska’s Woman On The Roof, veteran Polish actress and Tribeca winner Dorota Pomykala plunges the viewer into psychological depths in her deftly nuanced portrait of a 60-year-old, who tries to rob a bank with a kitchen knife. In the idiosyncratic German tragicomedy The Ordinaries which received Munich Film Festival’s German Cinema New Talent Award, Sophie Linnenbaum creates a high-concept, meta-cinema world that uses the process of filmmaking to deconstruct the power of the narratives and how they determine our thoughts and actions. Patricio Guzmán’s documentary, My Imaginary Country, showcases the protests that exploded onto the streets of Chile’s capital, Santiago in 2019 as the population demanded more democracy and social equality around education, healthcare and job opportunities. Jake Paltrow’s June Zero, witnesses the execution of Adolf Eichmann in an emotional public trial. This unique drama offers a distinctive look at the events preceding Eichmann’s execution. Told in a triptych, the film follows 13-year-old Libyan immigrant David, who claims to have worked on the oven where Eichmann’s corpse was incinerated; Hayim, a Moroccan guard assigned to Eichmann’s jail cell; and Micha, a Polish Holocaust survivor who became the chief interrogator at the trial. In The Quiet Girl, which picked up the Best Feature and the Special Mention of the Children’s Jury in the Generation Kplus section of the Berlinale, among others, director Colm Barrett portrays a quiet, neglected girl sent to stay with distant relatives for the summer and the bond she slowly begins to forge with them. In his Cannes Grand Prix winner, Close, Lukas Dhont highlights the importance and precarity of childhood friendships. Martin Boulocq’s Tribeca Best Screenplay winner, The Visitor, offers a thoughtful reflection on the increasingly dominant presence of Evangelism in Latin America and the new forms of ideological dependence guiding Bolivian society.
The screenings in Ankara will be held with the support of Ankara Metropolitan Municipality and Çankaya Municipality between December 2 – 8 at the Dogan Tasdelen Contemporary Art Center, the screenings in Sinop will be held between December 9-11 with the support of Municipality of Sinop at the Public Education Center, the screenings in Kastamonu will be held between December 12-14 at the Kastamonu University, Ahmet Yesevi Conference Hall with the contribution of Community of Media and Communication.