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Cannes started in the shadow of the Ukrainian-Russian war

The Cannes Film Festival is back in all its glory after two years of Covid restrictions. While the name of the opening film of the festival, in which 21 films competed for the Palme d’Or, was changed because it resembled the victory sign on the tanks of Moscow, which invaded Ukraine, a stand was not opened for Russian filmmakers. Turkish cinema, on the other hand, is presenting the world premiere of Emin Alper’s film ‘Arid Days’, in which he deals with the thirst problem in a town, in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the festival this year.

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The Cannes Film Festival, one of the most prestigious organizations in the cinema world, has started. The festival, which will last for two weeks, returned with all its glory this year, after the restrictions brought about by Kovid. Rebecca Hall, Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace, Asghar Farhadi, Ladj Ly, Jeff Nichols and Joachim Trier are the jury members of the festival, where Vincent Lindon, star of the films ‘Titane’ and ‘Fire’, is the head of the jury this year. The opening film of the festival held in the heart of France was named after the Russia-Ukraine war. Announced as the opening film of the festival, the name of the French director Michel Hazanavicius’ ‘Like Z’ production was changed to ‘Final Cut’ by the director upon Ukraine’s request. Ukraine cited the similarity of the title of the movie with the ‘Z’ used as a victory sign on Russian tanks as a reason for the change request. While the director and Cannes management emphasized that they ‘welcomed’ the change, Russian filmmakers who are considering participating in the festival are left in the open. The Russian stand was not opened in the Film Market section of the festival this year.

In the main competition, 21 ambitious films will compete for the Palme d’Or, with Tori and Lokita from the Dardenne Brothers, Stars at Noon from Claire Denis, Triangle of Sadness from Ruben Ostlund, Decision to Leave from PARK Chan-Wook and David Crononberg. Crimes of the Future movies stand out. Out of Competition screenings of the festival include Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, Louis Garrel’s L’innocent, Joseph Kosinski’s Top Gun: Maverick and George Miller’s Three Thousand Year of Longing. Films included in the Special Screenings include Ethan Coen’s Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, Feminist Ripost by Marie Perennes and Simon Depardon, and My Imaginary Country by Patricio Guzman. Ukrainian director Sergei Loznitsa’s The Natural History of Destruction will also meet the audience as part of the festival. In the Un Certain Regard category, which includes many first films, Emin Alper’s film Dry Days from Turkey will be screened for the first time in Cannes. The winners of the festival will be announced on 28 May.

WE HAVE NOT RECEIVED PRIZES SINCE 2015

The journey of Turkish cinema to the Cannes Film Festival began in 1982 with the joint production of Yılmaz Güney and Şerif Gören, ‘The Road’. After ‘The Road’, which won the Grand Prix Award, until ‘Distant’, no award was won at the festival for 21 years. Nuri Bilge Ceylan, while making Cannes Film Festival close to Turkey with ‘Distant’, made his career shine with the awards he won in the following years. The director received the ‘Best Director’ for ‘Three Monkeys’ in 2008, the Grand Prix for ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ in 2011, and the Palme d’Or (Grand Prize) for ‘Winter Sleep’ in 2015. Rezan Yeşilbaş’s ‘Silent’ film was awarded the Palme d’Or in 2012.

TURKEY’S FACE FLOW AT THE FESTIVAL

Director Emin Alper’s fourth feature ‘Dry Days’ is making its world premiere at the 75th Cannes Film Festival. The film, which will compete in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the festival, will have its world premiere at Salle Debussy on Monday, May 23. In his new film, the director conveys to the audience the conflicts between the young prosecutor Emre, who has been newly appointed to the town of Yanıklar, which has been struggling with the drought problem for a while, and the mayor Selim, the local journalist Murat and the notables of the town. Selahattin Paşalı and Ekin Koç are in the lead roles of the film, which features the signature of Arda Aktaş (Apartment) on its poster. Ay Yapım received production support from the General Directorate of Cinema of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for Dry Days, which was produced by Liman Film and Zola Yapım. The co-production of Turkey-France-Germany-Netherlands-Greece-Croatia is scheduled to be released in Turkey in autumn.

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