Third LA Turkish Film Festival Announces Program
The LA Turkish Film Festival will present six award-winning films at its third edition set to run from March 6th to 9th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The festival will kick off with YOZGAT BLUES by Mahmut Fazil Coskun, followed by daily screenings and Q&As with the directors and stars.
This year's shorts competition will focus on ten up-and-coming filmmakers selected by Elvis Mitchell, film critic on National Public Radio. The winners will be announced at a red-carpet awards gala on Sunday night.
The competition jury is headed by Reha Erdem, who directed MY ONLY SUNSHINE (Gunesin Oglu) in 2008. He will be joined by Michelle Satter, Director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, Saadet Aksoy, award-winning Turkish actress, Jacques Thelemaque, director and president of the LA Filmmakers Alliance, and Bill Dill, award-winning cinematographer.
On March 6th at 7:30 pm will be Mahmut Fazil Coskun’s YOZGAT BLUES. It is the story of two singers and won the Best Director award at the San Sebastian Festival (2013).
On March 7th at 7:30 pm will be Atalay Taskiden’s MERYEM about a teenage bride which won top awards at the Antalya Film Festival (2013).
On March 8th at 2 pm will be EYE AM (Gozumun Nuru) from Hakki Kurtulus and Melik Saracoglu. It is about a film student facing blindness and won the best feature award at the Adana Film Festival (2013).
On March 8th at 8 pm will be Onur Unlu’s THOU GILD’ST THE EVEN (Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi). The film is a whimsical tale of ordinary town life and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2013) and won awards at the Istanbul and Karlovy Vary festivals.
On March 9th at 2 pm will be Dervis Zaim’s CYCLE (Devir), a film about shepherds facing change which was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Istanbul Film Festival (2013).
Finally, March 9th at 4 pm will be Reha Erdem’s SINGING WOMEN (Sarki Soyleyen Kadinlar). It is about a group of women singing in the face of hardships. It premiered at the Tokyo International Film Festival (2013).
For more information on the festival visit www.latff.org.
LA Turkish Film Festival
Elif Cercel, LATFF Publicist