Ankara International Film Festival Brings Cinema From The World To The Capital

Funded by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and under the main sponsorship of Halkbank, curiously awaited Ankara International Film Festival met the audiences again with a program full of surprises between 20-30 April 2017.

Festival included the following sections last year: In Memory of, Fresh from Berlin, One Country: Spain, A Retrospective: Terence Davies, Blindness, Masterwork and From the World Festivals.

In Memory of
In this section we commemorates Michelangelo Antonioni with Passenger, Ingmar Bergman with Smiles of a Summer Night, as  well as Abbas Kiarostami with Close up, Andrej Wajda with Afterimage and Jacques Rivette with La Bande des Quatre.

Fresh from Berlin

This year, Ankara International Film Festival brings a selection from the Berlin Film Festival in “Fresh from Berlin” section. Etienne Comar ‘s Berlin Film Festival opener Django, Hungarian director Ildikó Enyedi’s Golden Bear winner On Body and Soul meets the audience. Other films of the selection includes, Agnieszka Holland – Spoor, Calin Peter Netzer – Ana , Mon Amour, Thomas Arslan – Bright Nights, Andres Veiel – Beuys.

One Country: Spain

International Ankara Film Festival presents a colourful selection of Spanish productions which left their mark on a decade, within the context of the “One Country” section. Some of the films the selection includes are, David Trueba – Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed, Luis García Berlanga – The Executioner,  Cesc Gay – Truman, Raúl Arévalo – The Fury of a Patient Man, Carlos Saura – Beyond Flamenco.

A Retrospective: Terence Davies

“A Retrospective” section includes films from the 1945 born British scriptwriter, director, novelist and actor Terence Davies. The list includes, Distant Voices, Still Lives, On of Time and the City, A Quiet Passion, The Long Day Closes , Sunset Song, Terence Davies Trilogy.


In this section, the theme of this year’s festival, “Blindness” seeks answers to the questions “When does cinema make us blind, what happens when audience’s and camera’s point of views do not overlap?” with prominent films. The section features, Kirsten Johnson’s Cameraperson, Wim Wenders masterpiece Paris Texas, Stanley Kubrick’s cult film A Clockwork Orange.


This section includes a selection from the masters, who contributed to the world cinema. The selection includes, Volker Schlöndorff – Return, To Montauk , Werner Herzog – Salt & Fire, Claire Simon – The Graduation, Chris Kraus – Bloom of Yesterday, Julian Rosefeldt – Manifesto, Jim Jarmusch – Gimme Danger.  

From the World Festivals

Just like the previous years, the festival welcomes films screened at world festivals at Ankara. Some of the films to be screened within the context of the “From the World Festivals” section are, Russudan Glurjidze – House Of Others, Sang-soo Hong – Yourself and Yours, Otto Bell – The Eagle Huntress, Mehrdad Oskouei – Starless Dreams, Vassilis Mazomenos – Lines, Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov –  Glory, Zhang Lu – A Quiet Dream, Hirokazu Koreeda – After the Storm.

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