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18th Festival On Wheels -2012
22 November 2012
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Festival on Wheels is not an ordinary film festival. It looks more like a cinematic caravan that travels to various cities in Turkey.  Its mission is to present outstanding examples of cinema to film enthusiasts in different places around Turkey and to introduce Turkish cinema to the rest of the world.

Naturally, the festival wagon carries more than just films... Directors, actors, writers, film critics and students from every country arrive in the cities, too. There are workshops, Q&A sessions, film shoots... 

Over the last 17 years, the festival has rolled in and out of the cities of Ankara, Artvin, Baku (Azerbaijan), Bursa, Çanakkale, Drama (Greece), Eskişehir, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kars, Kayseri, Malatya, Mersin, Ordu, Samsun, Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Sinop and Tblisi (Georgia)... 

This year΄s journey begins in Ankara where screenings are scheduled for 30th November-6th December. After leaving the capital of Turkey, the Festival is heading straight for the Black Sea to Sinop to continue its programme from 7th to 10th December.

In its 18th edition, the Festival on Wheels will be offering film fans a line-up of World Cinema. The selection is made up of films from countries all over the world. In this section, the film Parade by Srdjan Dragojevic will be screened among other films. Parade won the Panorama Audience Award for the best fiction film at the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. 

The Turkish Cinema 2012 section presents a peak of this year’s productions. Actors and directors attached to the films will get together with the audience in gala performances during the Festival. The section includes films like Mold, for which first-time director Ali Aydın won a Lion of the Future Award at Venice,  Night of Silence by Reis Çelik which won the Crystal Bear in Berlin followed by further awards at the Nuremburg, Würzburg, Copenhagen, Adana and Tokyo Film Festivals and  Circle by Derviş Zaim who this time turns his camera on Anatolia and the cycle of the natural world.

In his latest film, Inside – a winner at the Istanbul, St Petersburg and Osian’s Cinefan Film Festivals - Zeki Demirkubuz presents an adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground set in present-day Ankara.

Know My Name is a documentary co-directed by Inan Temelkuran and Kristen Stevens about a teenage female wrestling champion,which won three awards at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival.

The Particle by Erdem Tepegöz portrays the struggle of a woman, her young daughter and her mother to keep their heads above water in a hostile employment environment. This film received four nods at the Antalya Film Festival, including Best First Film and Best Director. The film

Also in this section there are: Belmin Söylemez΄s first feature Present Tense, which garnered five awards in Istanbul and Adana, the winner of the Best Film and Best Screenplay awards in Adana, Voice of My Father -the latest film by filmmaking duo Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan- and  Yeşim Ustaoglu΄s feature Somewhere In Between which won the Black Pearl Award for Best Narrative Film at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, along with accolades for the cast at Adana, Moscow and Tokyo. 

The 18th Festival on Wheels dedicates one of this year’s sections to the Favourite Films of actor, writer and director Tuncel Kurtiz. The selection features five American and European classics watched “over and over” by him. 

The festival is organized by the Ankara Cinema Association with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. 

To follow the full programme and announcements, check out the Festival on Wheels website.

  Night Of Silence
  Present Tense
  Voice of My Father
  Somewhere in Between
  Know My Name
  The Particle
  Srdjan Dragojevic
  Tuncel Kurtiz
  Reis Celik
  Zeki Demirkubuz
  Belmin Söylemez
  Orhan Eskikoy
  Zeynel Dogan
  Yesim Ustaoglu
  Ali Aydin
  Dervis Zaim
  Inan Temelkuran
  Kristen Stevens
  Erdem Tepegoz
  Ankara Cinema Association (ASD)
  Festival on Wheel - Official site
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