For the Love of Cinema!

This year marks the 20th that the Festival on Wheels has been on the road with a mission to take world-class cinema to film enthusiasts in cities around Turkey, while at the same time introducing Turkish cinema to the world beyond Turkey’s borders. And for this 20th anniversary edition, the Festival’s theme is ‘For the Love of Cinema!’ A gift to Festival on Wheels audiences, this part of the program brings together a selection of films that all deal in some shape or form with a passion for cinema.

Inthe 1979 film Camera Buff, master director Krzystof Kieslowski turns his focus to a factory worker and amateur filmmaker who becomes increasingly, obsessively attached to his 8mm camera. But looking at life exclusively through the viewfindercomes at a high costand he ends up a lone man, deserted by his nearest and dearest.

Jean-Luc Godard is a director who pushes the boundaries of cinema as a narrative vehicle with every film he makes. In his latest picture, Goodbye to Language, he demonstrates that the potential brought by digital 3D to a subtle, multi dimensional narrative extends well beyond the horizons of Hollywood.

Yaël André's When I Will Be Dictator might be described as a contemporary essay on the potential of cinema. Its story is pieced together from family footage shot on Super 8mm, which was once upon a time the preferred format of amateur filmmakers. The film, a sort of sci-fi documentary, explores the relationship between reality and fiction in cinema.

In The First Movie, director and critic Mark Cousinssteps out of the world of adults to document thechildren of a tiny war torn community and their introduction to cinema when none haveeven seen a movie before.As he travels to Goptapa, a village in the Kurdish region of Northern Iraq, Cousins films his visit and produces a film that is part documentary, part composition and part modern-day diary.

Cem Kaya’s Remake, Remix, Ripoff offers a candid insight into popular Turkish cinema of the 1960s and 1970s, or the legendary ‘Yeşilçam’ period. The documentary looks specifically at how producers and directors of the period were influenced directly or indirectly by foreign films and the effects of this interaction on their output.

Based on the real-life story of a movie buff who pretends to be one of his most admired directors, Close-Up reveals how passion can give way to obsession and set offin turn a comedy of errors. The film will be shown in conjunction with Opening Day of Close-Up, a short by NanniMorettiwhichwatches the Italian director prepare for the premiere of thisKiarostami classic at his cinema in Rome. The Moretti short is effectively a tribute to fellow filmmakers and non-mainstream cinema.