LOS ANGELES--()--The LA Turkish Film Festival announced their final slate of four feature films that will screen at their second annual festival at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theater. The festival opens Thursday, February 28th, at 7:00 pm with the screening of Yilmaz Erdogan’s THE BUTTERFLY’S DREAM (Kelebegin Ruyasi). In addition, a new feature from Turkish filmmakers will screen nightly at the Egyptian, followed by a Q & A moderated by industry professionals.
The LA Turkish Film Festival will also screen a series of nine shorts in a competition that was programmed by film critic and NPR’s The Treatment host Elvis Mitchell. This competition has been designed to showcase up and coming Turkish filmmakers, some of whom have never screened their work outside of Turkey. The nine finalists will be flown to Hollywood for their festival screening.
This year’s festival jury is composed of international and American veterans of the film industry including screenwriter and Vice President of the Writers Guild of America West Howard A. Rodman, Academy Award Foreign Language Film Committee Co-Chair Ron Yerxa, director Rob Nilsson, actress Belcim Bilgin and Semih Kaplanoglu, the Jury President and the director of Bal, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.
On Friday, March 1st, at 7:30 pm will be MOLD (Kuf), from writer/director Ali Aydin. MOLD is the story of a lonely father petitioning authorities for information on the son who disappeared 18 years earlier. The director won the Best First Feature Award at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.
On Saturday, March 2nd, at 8:00 pm, BEYOND THE HILL (Tepenin Ardi), from writer/director Emin Alper, will be the third feature screened at the festival. The film was the winner of the Caligari prize at the 2012 Berlinale and was also the winner for Best Feature at the 2012 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
Finally, INSIDE (Yeralti), from writer/director Zeki Demirkubuz, is a stylistic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s Notes from the Underground and will screen on Sunday, March 3rd, at 5:00 pm. The film won multiple awards at the 2012 Istanbul Film Festival, including Best Director, as well as the Best Feature Film Asia/Africa at the 2012 Dubai Film Festival.
See the festival’s website for more information: http://www.latff.org