By Peter Belsito | SydneysBuzz March 5, 2014 at 10:31AM
The L.A. Turkish Film Festival will present films by six of Turkey’s leading directors at its third edition set to run from March 6th to 9th at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
More than 25 filmmakers and actors will travel to this year’s LATFF from Turkey, with most of their films making their North American and US debuts.
The festival program will also host the annual shorts competition focusing on the work of ten up-and-coming filmmakers. The finalists are selected each year by film critic Elvis Mitchell, host of NPR’s “The Treatment.” The winner will be announced at a red-carpet awards gala on Sunday night.
The shorts competition jury is headed by celebrated director Reha Erdem, who directed My Only Sunshine (Gunesin Oglu). He will be joined by Michelle Satter, Founding Director of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, Saadet Aksoy, award-winning Turkish actress, Jacques Thelemaque, writer-director and president of the LA Filmmakers Alliance, and Bill Dill, award-winning cinematographer and university professor.
On Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 pm will be Yozgat Blues from writer/director Mahmut Fazil Coskun . It is the story of two singers arriving in a provincial town looking for a break in their lives. The film won Best Director at the San Sebastian Festival (2013).
On Friday, March 7th at 7:30 pm will be Meryem (Meryem) from writer-director Atalay Tasdiken. It is about a small-town teenage-bride whose husband leaves and fails to come back, while another young man who was in love with her returns from military service, traumatized. It won the top at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival (2013).
On Saturday, March 8th at 2 pm will be Eye Am (Gozumun Nuru) directed by Hakki Kurtulus and Melik Saracoglu. It is a film based on Saracoglu’s life about a passionate young film student facing blindness, who has to wait to find out his fate after an operation. It won the best feature award at the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (2013).
On Saturday, March 8th at 8 pm will be Thou Gild’st the Even (Sen Aydinlatirsin Geceyi) written and directed by Onur Ünlü, about the ordinary lives of the inhabitants of a small town with extraordinary powers. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival's Vanguard Section (2013) and received accolades at the Dubai International Film Festival, the Istanbul Film Festival and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
On Sunday, March 9th at 2 pm will be Cycle (Devir) directed by Dervis Zaim. It tells the story of shepherds preparing for an annual competition who face the loss of their traditional way of life. It was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and won the Special Jury Award at the Istanbul Film Festival (2013).
On Sunday, March 9th at 4 pm will be Singing Women (Sarki Soyleyen Kadinlar) directed by Reha Erdem, about a group of women living on an island who find solace in singing as they face hardships. The film was nominated for the Grand Prix award at the Tokyo International Film Festival (2013).