x0x The Flying Broom 6th International Women's Film Festival
- x0x The Flying Broom 6th International Women's Film Festival
Turkey's only women's film festival set to begin
Flying Broom is organizing the one and only women's film festival in
Turkey for 5 years. The 6th festival will be held from May in 15-18th
May in Ankara.
Fifty films, 13 documentaries and 14 short films will be screened as a
part of the 6th International Women's Film festival. The films will be
screened in Kavaklidere and Ankapol cinemas, the German Culture Center
and the Culture Ministry's 75th Year meeting hall. The price of the
festival tickets are TL 5.5 million (for students TL 4 million).
This year Flying Broom made important innovations. "Flying Broom
Honorary Award" and "Bilge Olgac Success Awards" will be distributed
for the first time. It is announced that Sezer Sezin will receive the
first honorary award of Flying Broom. Bilge Olgac success awards will
be distributed to six women for their efforts in the cinema field.
Another interesting development is that the FIPRESCI (Critics Union)
will distribute an award for the first time in their 60 year history
as a part of the women's film festival.
The festival has 10 sections: "Our Cinema", "Each a Different Color",
"Two Countries: France and Finland", "Two Legends: Cahide Sonku and
Marlene Deitrich", "Collective Screening: Marleen Gorris", "Special
Screening: Francesca Archib Ugi", "Documentaries", "Short is a must",
"Panel Discussions and Talks", and the "Short Film Story Contest".
Flying Broom 6th International Women's Film Festival's program
Under this section, cinema lovers have the opportunity to watch the
best works of six Turkish women directors. The directors themselves
chose which of their films was to be screened.
Canan Gerede's "Parcalanma" (Disintegration), Fide Motan's "Cadi
Agaci" (Witch Tree), Furuzan and Gulsum Karamustafa's "Benim
Sinemalarim" (My Cinemas), Isil Ozgenturk's "Seni Seviyorum Roza" (I
Love You Roza), Lale Oraloglu's "Bir Kadin Tuzagi" (A Woman Trap),
Necef Ugurlu and Julide Ovur's "Eski Fotograflar" (Old Photographs)
will be displayed as a part of this section
Seni Seviyorum Roza is Isil Ozgenturk's first directing experience. It
is adapted to cinema from Sevgi Soysal's book "Tante Rosa". Cadi Agaci
is Fide Motan's first directing experience as well, made in 1994. It
is the story of Doctor Nilufer who is a lonely and loveless woman.
Canan Gerede's "Parcalanma" is a different "impossible love" story.
Each a different color
In this section, the "Flying Broom 6th International Film Festival"
aims to present 19 recent films of 19 women directors from all over
the world. Most of these films have won awards in many international
Twelve of these films will be evaluated by the FIPRESCI jury. The film
selected by this jury will receive a "Best Film" award which will be
distributed on April 15, the last day of the festival.
The films that will be screened as a part of this section are Isabelle
Stever's "Erste Ehe" (Portrait of a Married Couple) from Germany,
Phyllis Katrapani's "Home from Canada", Saara Saarela's "Hengittamatta
Ja Nauramatta" (Stripping) from Finland, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad's
"Ruzegar-e Ma" (Our Times) from Iran, Sandra Gugliotta's "Un Dia De
Suerte" (A Lucky day) from Argentina, Judith Kennel's "Zornige Kusse"
(Angry Kisses) from Switzerland, Solveig Nordlund's "Aparelho Voador a
Baixa" (Low Altitude Flying Aircraft) and Ines De Mederios' "A Fato
Completo ou Procura De Alberto" (A Suit of Clothes or Searching for
Alberto) from Portugal, Alice Nellis' "Vylet" (Some Secrets) from
Czech Republic, Sulbiye V. Gunar's Karamuk from Germany, Sophie
Marceau's "Parlez-Moi D'Amour" (Speak to me of Love) and Delphine
Gleize's "Carnages" (Carnage) from France, Ineke Smits' "Magonia" from
the Netherlands, Elisabeth Rygard's "Omfavn Mig Mane" (House of
Hearts) from Denmark, Sandra Goldbacher's "Me Without You" from Great
Britain, Sachi Hamano's "Yurisai" (Lily Festival) from Japan, Guita
Schyfter's "Las Caras De La Luna" (The Faces Of The Moon) and Maryse
Sistach's "Perfumes De Violetas" (Violet Perfume) from Mexico,
Patricia Cardoso's "Real Women Have Curves" from the U.S.
Two Countries: France and Finland
This year's festival provides the opportunity to learn more about the
cinema of Finland and France.
Auli Mantila's "Pelon Maantiede" (Geography of Fear) and "Neitoperho"
(The Collector), Pirja Honkasalo's "Tulennielija" (Fire Eater) attend
the festival from Finland. Marion Vernoux's "Reines D'un Jour" (Hell
of a Day), Catherine Corsini's "La Repetition" (Replay) and Zabou
Breitman's "Se Souvenir Des Belles Choses" (Beautiful Memories) join
Two Legends: Marlene Dietrich and Cahide Sonku
A special part was prepared for two legends of the 1950's: Marlene
Dietrich and Cahide Sonku as a part of Flying Broom 6th International
Women's Film Festival.
Marlene Dietrich will be remembered with Joseph von Sternberg's "Blue
Angel" which introduced her to Hollywood and Frank Borgaze's "Desire".
Documentaries of Maxmillian Schell and Josef Vilsmaier on "Marlene"
will also be screened. German Culture Center will host an exhibition
of her photos.
Cahide Sonku is not only a successful artist and a star but she was
Turkey's first women director and producer. In the festival you can
view her in the film named "Batakli Damin Kizi Aysel" or you can watch
"Beklenen Sarki" and "Vatan ve Namik Kemal", which she directed. You
can also examine Sonku's life with Ulku Erakalin's documentary.
Collective Screening: Marleen Gorris
This year the Flying Broom decided to screen five films of Dutch
director Marleen Gorris, who is among the most important feminist
directors. This section meets audiences with the support of the
Embassy of the Netherlands. Two of the films will be screened in
Turkey for the first time.
"A Question of Silence", "Broken Mirrors", "Antoia's Line", which won
an Oscar award for best foreign film, "Mrs. Dalloway" and "Luzhin
Defence" will be screened in this section.
Special Screening: Francesca Archibugi
Those who joined previous festivals will probably remember successful
Italian director Francesca Archibugi from her films "Domani",
"L'albero Delle Pere" and "Il Grande Cocomero". This year Archibugi
takes part in the festival with her other 3 films.
In her films she usually emphasizes subjects such as family, the
struggle between generations, and problems faced during childhood and
youth. "Con Gli Occhi Chiusi", "Verso Sera" and "Mignon e Partita" are
the films that will be displayed.
As women directors have a considerable place in the documentary field,
Flying Broom decided to include a documentaries section in this year's
festival. The documentaries prepared by 13 women directors will be
screened in this section.
The documentaries that will be screened are as follows: Andre Staka's
"Yugodivas" from Switzerland, Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir's
"Women, the Forgotten Face of War" from the U.S., Mona Zahed's
"Something Like Me" from Iran, Lucie Kralova and Miloslav Novak's "The
Ill Fated Child" from Czech Republic, Pelin Esmer's "Koleksiyoncu"
(Collector) from Turkey, Ensieh Shah Hosseini's "Baluch Kids" from
Iran, Eileen Hofer's "Five to Five Kabul City" from Switzerland, Gayle
Ferraro's "Anonymously Yours" from Burma, Adela Peeva's "Whose is this
Song" from Bulgaria, Marie Mandy's "Filming Desire" from Belgium,
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman's "Derrida" from the U.S., Martina
Kudlacek's "In the Mirror of Maya Deren" from Austria, Monika Nolte
and Robert Krieg's "I Came to Palestine" from Germany.
Short is a must
In the short films section, the organization will present superb
examples of films made by women directors from various countries.
Fourteen short films will be displayed in this section.
Panel discussions and Talks
The festival, as in previous years, benefiting from the exciting idiom
of the cinema, and will attempt to extend the discussions as regards
to social gender and to present the films of women directors to the
widest possible audience.
Short Film Stories Competition
Another phase of the festival is the "short film stories competition."
With this competition, Flying Broom aims to encourage people to let
them express their ideas, desires, fears and so on with the help of
writing. Another reason to organize such a competition is to encourage
and support short film makers. An advisory board that consists of
three people evaluated the stories. During the festival, the writers
that have won this competition will participate in a workshop in
Ankara that will be organized by a professional screenplay writer.
The Flying Broom
The Flying Broom was officially established in November 1996. It aims
to support gender equality and empowerment of women mainly by
initiating organizations and activities to bring together women's
organizations and women sensitive to the women's movement, to foster
interaction, exchange of experience, effective communication,
co-operation and solidarity among them, and to establish or strengthen
communication networks among national and international women's
nongovernmental organizations. The Flying Broom is surrounded by a
large circle of friends and supporters both in Turkey and abroad,
including activists in the women's movement, academics interested in
women's issues, professional women from different lines of work, and
To achieve their goals, Flying Broom is primarily engaged in projects
in three areas. Some of the projects and activities are short-term and
others have been going on for several years.
Since its establishment, the Flying Broom has attended national and
international organizations, a large number of women have worked in
Flying Broom or have supported its activities in various ways, mostly
on a volunteer basis, and Flying Broom has been supported by various
organizations in both Turkey and abroad, whose contributions have
played a vital role in the success and continuation of their projects.
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