Turkey's longest-running film festival puts the spotlight on 10 films in its International Feature Film Competition
Nominationsfor the "International Feature" category of the 53rd International Antalya Film Festival have been announced, giving a sneak peak at the event sponsored by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, to be held from Oct. 16-23.
The nominated films will compete for the Golden Orange award in the categories of Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Actress, Best Actor and the Jury Mansion Award. The winners will be selected by a jury led by British director Hugh Hudson and the winner of the Golden Orange for Best Film will receive a prize of 50,000 euros ($55,546). The following international films have received nominations.
Trudging through a life devoid of goals only to find himself working at bizarre businesses and hanging out with criminals in the Arab ghettos of the convoluted city of LOD, Kerim endures a family tragedy which brings him closer to his friend, vocalist Manar who motivates him to clean up his life.
Performing with a band, Kerim ultimately finds the chance to give a performance at an iconic club in Tel Aviv as the first Arab rap band - but the road to success is never easy. When Kerim and his band members come face-to-face with violent, nationalist Jewish rappers, he will be forced to endure the greatest obstacle of all.
La Puerta Abierta (The Open Door)
The young and impressionable Rosa follows in her mother's footsteps and becomes a prostitute. When her mother turns her life into a living hell, Rosa grows to believe that she will never find happiness, convincing herself that she does not deserve bliss until a 10-year-old-girl brings color to her life.
Ostatnia Rodzina (The Last Family)
Centered around the life of Polish painter Zdislav Beksinski, who struggles to maintain his "double life" as a naive and arachnophobic family man and a man with violent sexual fantasies, also prone to disturbing and dystopic painting. When his suicidal son Tomasz finds a girlfriend and starts preparing a program for radio, Beksinski and his wife Zofia are very happy. Beksinski does not think this will go on forever, but he cannot stop recording everything with his camera.
House of Others
A huge house in a quiet village between the mountains should be enough for a single family to be happy, but the truth is not what it seems. When the young family witnesses a bloody feud between their Georgian and Abkhasian neighbors, they find themselves in the middle of a nightmare and struggle to recover spiritually, tormented by the memory of the feud which is replayed in their minds day by day.
Railway worker Tsanko Petrov finds millions of levs on the rails. He decides to take the money to the police so the government will reward him with a golden watch and he will not have to work anymore. In the meantime, the Transportation Ministry's PR manager Julia Staikova loses Petrov's old, family heirloom watch, which starts Petrov's struggle to win back both his watch and his reputation.
Le Confessioni (The Confessions)
The most prominent economists and most powerful figures from around the world come together in Germany for the G8 Summit along with an unorthodox figure, an Italian monk invited by International Monetary Fund (IMF) President Daniel Roche. Roche, who secretly confesses his sins to the monk, is found dead the following morning and the monk becomes the prime suspect.
The economists attending the summit are worried about the possibility that Roche might have confessed their economic plan which is due in the near future and expected to put many countries in a bottleneck. This concern is more important than the monk's possible involvement in Roche's murder, and he refuses to divulge Roche's confession.
King of the Belgians
This film depicts the journey of a former king who gets lost in the Balkans and wakes up to the real world. King Nicholas III is a lonely soul who believes that he is living the wrong life. He decides to embark on a journey to Istanbul with British filmmaker Duncan Lloyd. Lloyd has been assigned by the palace to straighten up the foolish image of the monarch. This journey will not be easy for either of them.
L'outsider (Team Spirit)
The year is 2008. A young man, Jerome Kerviel, is under suspicion with the allegation of being the leading actor in a series of scandals that will shake financial markets worldwide. Nobody would have guessed eight years ago that this man working as a simple officer at the world's biggest bank could have gone this far.
Tereddüt (Clair Obscur)
In her thirties, Şehnaz is a psychiatrist working in a coastal town. She pretends that everything is fine in her family with the perfect marriage she has with her husband Cem in Istanbul, but in the background lies a personality obsessed with her husband's desires. Brought to the same town two years ago after being forced into an unwanted marriage, Elmas finds the shortcomings in her life are no different than those of Şehnaz. When they meet by chance, they will get the chance to open a new door in their lives.
Azra, Emir and Ahmet are three Afghani siblings who were born and raised in Istanbul. After their mother dies, Azra embarks on a dangerous journey towards Afghanistan, despite Emir's objections. Each connection she makes while facing her family's past throws her into inescapable new stories. She starts seeing the effects of the war on people's fates through her family secrets.