Turkish Cinema at the Cannes Film Festival

Turkish Cinema was introduced at the Turkey booth organized cooperatively by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Turkey Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) and the Bosphorus Culture and Art Foundation at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 74th Cannes Film Festival, which is considered the most prestigious film festival in the world and whose screenings were canceled last year due to the Covid-19 outbreak, started with the screening of the film "Annette" by Leos Carax.

The Festival, conducted in accordance with the social distancing and global pandemic conditions, hosted industry professionals as well as movie lovers via the competition, uncompetitive selections and film market.

“Filming in Turkey” Introduced at Marché du Film

Within the context of Marché du Film, while the newest and under development projects of Turkish cinema in the genres of feature films, short films and documentaries were introduced at the Turkey booth this year, Turkish films met with those interested in the international arena.

At the festival co-production and project opportunities, which have become very important in the cinema sector due to reasons such as information and technology transfer, access to local funding sources, creating potential markets and developing promotional activities, were also discussed.

Also at the Cannes Film Festival, the "Foreign Film Production Support", which came into force with the new cinema law allowing foreign film producers to be refunded up to 30 percent of the amount they spent in Turkey for feature films, documentaries and television series, was presented to international filmmakers.

With the support it is predicted that Turkey, with a natural live stage feature, will increase its competitive power in this field and will become one of the important film shooting centers.

With “Commitment – Hasan”, Semih Kaplanoğlu took part in the “Un Certain Regard” Selection

While he took part in the "Quinzaine de Realisateurs" selection of the festival with the film "Egg", and in the “L'Atelier”, project development department of the festival, with the film "Milk" in 2007, Semih Kaplanoğlu represented Turkey at the Cannes Film Festival with the second film of the Commitment trilogy, "Commitment - Hasan".

In the “Un Certain Regard” selection, one of the most prestigious sections of the festival, this year 20 films competed.

While Andrea Arnold, British director and scenarist, assumed the jury presidency of the selection; the jury involved director and producer Mounia Meddour, actress Elsa Zylberstein, director, producer and scenarist Daniel Burman, and director, producer and actor Michael Covino.

Another successful director to represent Turkey was Tayfun Pirselimoğlu in the Cinefondation L'Atelier, film development department, with his new project "Idea".

24 Movies in the Main Competition!

American director Spike Lee was the head of the jury for the main competition of the festival, which took place between 6-17 July during the global pandemic.

This year, in the main competition where 24 movies competed for the Golden Palm, the films of Ashgar Farhadi's “A Hero”, François Ozon's “Tout s'est bien passé”, Wes Anderson's “The French Dispatch”, as well as the new films of the directors such as Sean Penn, Mia Hansen- Løve, Paul Verhoeven also aroused excitement.

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