The 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is over. Hande Kara’s festival impressions are in the news.
Held this year for the 59th time between 1-8 October. Antalya Golden Orange Film FestivalIt ended with the award ceremony held last night. In the festival, where the films in the national competition selection are eagerly awaited every year, 10 new films competed again this year. We expected a strong selection overall, from experimental films to comedy, fantasy sci-fi to powerful dramas. However, apart from a few films, unfortunately, we could not find what we expected in Antalya as in Adana.
We agreed that Emin Alper’s Arid Days, which does not leave a chance to any future film as soon as it is watched, will also leave its mark on the awards. Although Dry Days did not disappoint us with its 9 awards, the jury consisting of Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, Azra Deniz Okyay, Harun Tekin, Nurgül Yeşilçay and Uğur İçbak gave the “Best Film” award to Özcan Alper’s Dark Night, which caused controversy. . Likewise, the similarities of the films Dry Days and Dark Nights were among the most talked about at the festival. Another noteworthy detail was that the themes of the films competing in the festival were generally focused on rural and lgbt characters. One of the common points met by movie critics was how some of the movies in the selection were far from other movies. Another discussion topic of the awards was the Behlül Dal Best Debut Film award. Because only one director’s first film was competing in the competition, and the award went directly to that film (Snow and the Bear). Although Dry Days left its mark on the ceremony, where the thank-you speeches were the scene of quite political discourse, it lost the best film award to Dark Night and caused various jokes because of the similarity of the surnames of the directors (Emin Alper, Özcan Alper).
Let’s move on to the films. As I try to do in every festival, I will briefly talk about the films I watched in the competition selection.
Dry Days (5) : After the Hill, Blockade, Sisters, Emin Alper’s latest film, Dry Days, which also competed in the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes this year, is both the director’s best and one of the best films of recent years. In fact, there is a lot to write about the film, which gives the reality of the country with such a masterful script and editing, an unceasing tension and very good acting. Best director, best actor, best supporting actor, best music, best cinematography, best editing, Siyad best film, Cahide Sonku special award and Film-Direction best director award from the film festival. It received 9 awards in total.
RSVP (3.5): The most surprising film of the festival for me was RSVP (Please Answer). Directed by İsmet Kurtuluş and Kaan Arıcı and written by Erdi Işık, whom we know from the theater world, LCV is a one-location film. The film, which locks a bride, a groom and the groom’s best friend in a hotel suite before the wedding, questions two-faced relationships, the institution of marriage, his view of homosexuality, love and trust. Although it has been criticized theatrically, LCV, which has a very fluent script, shines with its cast consisting of Ushan Çakır, Cem Yiğit Üzümoülü and Melisa Şenolsun. Already, Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu shared the Best Actor award with Selahattin Paşalı. However, there is another issue that I would like to mention here, and that is that I wish Cem Yiğit Üzümoülü would receive this award not with RSVP, but with his other movie, Dark Night. Because he had given a much better game there.