Festival On Wheels Tickets Are On Sale!

Tickets go on sale tomorrow (19 November) for the Ankara leg of this year’s Festival on Wheels. The Festival, run by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture & Tourism, will hold screenings at the Dogan Tasdelen Contemporary Arts Center in Ankara from 26 November-2 December. All tickets are priced at TL15 and can be purchased on the www.biletinial.com website or mobile app. Tickets will also be on sale at the Dogan Tasdelen Contemporary Arts Center box office from 20 November. All Short is Good and Tuncel Kurtiz: Years of Exile screenings are free of charge.

World Cinema comes to Ankara!

As part of this year’s program, the Festival on Wheels presents the previously announced and much anticipated Turkish Cinema 2021 and Tuncel Kurtiz: Years of Exile sections, the latter of which is made up of films coming to light for the first time in Turkey. But audiences are also promised several stand-out productions from the past year in the World Cinema part of the program.

Made up of 10 titles, World Cinema features a line-up of films that have screened and won awards at major festivals around the world, from Cannes, Toronto and Tribeca to Berlin and San Sebastian.

Aurora, which earned Paz Fabrega the Best Director Award at the 58th Antalya Film Festival, explores the friendship between two women brought together by an unwanted pregnancy, creating a world where human troubles and anxieties prevail. Picking up Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival, Brighton 4th tells the story of a one-time wrestler who travels from Tbilisi to Brooklyn to help his son when he lands in trouble with a gang. Directed by Levan Koguashvili, the film takes an inside look at the lives of immigrants and the economic challenges they face. German director Dominik Graf’s Fabian – Going to the Dogs, which premiered at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, is an adaptation of Erich Kästner’s novel of the same name. This is a poignant love story with the footsteps of fascism ringing out in the background…

Screening at the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, Future stands out as one of this year’s strongest productions. Directors Alice Rohrwacher, Pietro Marcello and Francesco Munzi consider the future from the perspective of Italy’s younger generation and in so doing confront their concerns, which invariably trump their expectations. Winner of this year’s Silver Bear for Best Director and Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Maria Speth’s documentary, Mr Bachmann and His Class, offers a warm portrayal of the relationship between the immigrant students at an elementary school and their teacher, Dieter Bachmann, as well as charting the process of integration.

World Cinema also includes a number of acclaimed debut features by directors who have previously made a splash with their short films. Competing in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, Clara Roquet’s Liberty takes up the friendship between two adolescent girls over the course of one summer. Liberty, which left the 58th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival with the nod for Best International Film Award, is as much a portrayal of the teenage world as that of adults. La Traviata, My Brothers and I, which also made an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, is a coming-of-age story that centres around Nour, one of three brothers who dreams of becoming another Pavarotti. With echoes of Billy Elliot, Yohan Manca’s film engages the audience from the very first scene in a story as eloquent and it is entertaining. By contrast, Redemption of a Rogue presents a dark comedy about a feckless man who returns to his hometown in the hope of finding salvation from his sins. In the film, which has echoes of a blues musical, first-time director Philip Doherty skilfully addresses themes such as loneliness, faith and redemption.

The Civil screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, picking up the Un Certain Regard Prize of Courage. The film tells the story of Cielo, a mother in search of her daughter when the teenager is kidnapped by a Mexican crime ring. Rather than take a sensationalist approach to her subject, director Teodora Mihai invites us to ask questions about the origins of violence. Critically acclaimed at premier festivals including Rotterdam and San Sebastian, Flash Bravío is a dark, unusual, but extremely powerful film far removed from traditional narratives. Ainhoa ​​Rodriguez works with a cast of amateur actors to portray the experiences of a group of women anxious to break out of their static, small-town lives.

The Festival on Wheels sets off in Ankara on 26 November, makes its next stop in Sinop from 3-5 December, and winds up this year’s itinerary with a visit to Kastamonu between 6-8 December.