Three films from Turkey will be featured in next month's 64th Berlin Film Festival's Generation program.
Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave), co-directors Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan's debut feature, will get its international premiere at Berlinale's Generation 14 plus competition. The film, which follows the stories of a group of friends as they seek their university education in a big city, had its Turkish premiere in last year's Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) Film Festival in Antalya, where it collected three awards, including the award for best first film.
My Marlon and Brando director Hüseyin Karabey's newest effort Sesime Gel (Come to My Voice) will have its world premiere in the Generation Kplus competition, while Hasan Serin's Ağrı ve Dağ (Ağrı and the Mountain) will have its European premiere in the Generation Kplus short film section.
This year's Generation program will feature a total of 60 films from 35 countries under the theme of Out of This World, according to a Tuesday press release on the festival's website. Judged by three separate juries, including a youth jury, the winning films
competing in the Generation program will be presented with the Crystal Bear award.
Another Turkish film that will get its world premiere in this year's Berlin Film Festival is Kutluğ Ataman's newest offering Kuzu (The Lamb). The film will be screened in the festival's Panorama section. The 64th Berlin Film Festival will run from Feb. 6-16 with American screenwriter-producer James Schamus serving as head of the international jury.
Double Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, Hong Kong heart-throb Tony Leung and French filmmaker Michel Gondry will be jurors at next months Berlin film festival, headed by U.S. producer James Schamus, organizers said Jan. 14. The international jury hands out the festivals top Golden and Silver Bear awards in the competition.
Schamus is no stranger to the Berlin film festival after The Wedding Banquet, a collaboration with Ang Lee, carried off the Golden Bear in 1993. The American also co-wrote the 2000 Mandarin-language international hit Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Fellow jury members include U.S. actress and filmmaker Greta Gerwig, Iranian filmmaker Mitra Farahani, Danish actress Trine Dyrholm and Barbara Broccoli, the daughter of James Bond producer Albert Broccoli who, on his death, took over their production with her brother.