Wednesday, Nov 22, 2006
The Film Festival under the name Hayal Kurmak Serbest (Dreaming Allowed), took place in Bayrampa?a Prison in Ystanbul.
The Festival is a collaboration of Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture and Tourism and Metin (Senaryo) Yazarlary Derne?i (SEN-DER) (Scriptwriters' Organization).
At the opening, Maksut Mete from Ministry of Justice stated that life long education should be a crucial understanding in all areas and should be practiced continuously. He added that the punishment and justice department acts within that philosophy.
Mete mentioned that all accused and charged inmates are also members of the society and said; These individuals will be go back to the society after a certain amount of time. Therefore they are being educated in a way that they stay connected to their social lives. So, when they are released, it will be easy for them to adapt their lives back again.
Prof. Dr. Mustafa Ysen from Ministry of Culture and Tourism said that they wanted to support this activity in the name of art and thanked SEN-DER for this positive pro-active project.
VOLUNTEERS WILL WRITE AUTOBIGRAPHIES
The chief prosecutor of the republic in Ystanbul, Aykut Cengiz Engin confirmed that a script-writing workshop has been established and various film directors and artists have been lecturing inmates about filmmaking.
Chief prosecutor Engin, recorded:
This workshop will end in December and inmates who complete it, will be able to write their lives in script formats. Some might turn to be books or films in the future. In addition, we believe that we are helping our inmate brothers to stay connected the society. I want to thank everyone who put effort into this.
President of SEN-DER, Safa Önal said that Hayal Kurmak Serbest activity is done FIRST in the world by Türkiye and expressed that any country that can take Türkiye as an example, can do the same.
Önal, believes that this activity will also bring famous novelists and directors besides screenwriters out of the prison. Because they write what they lived, feared, their expectations, in short; themselves. They wont write someone elses story, therefore they will be more successful he added.
FILM FESTIVAL AND PAINTING EXHIBITION
In Bayrampa?a Prison Film Festival, various movies will be screened, which were released before September 2006. At the end, inmates will choose the best 3 movies.
In the prisons exhibition room, a painting exhibition is taking place, which is composed of the paintings made by the inmates.
Serdar Acar who was jailed 11 months ago, said that he reflected his longing to his 6 kids and parents to his paintings. Acar defined himself as a victim of his destiny and added that painting and writing are keeping him connected to his social life that is waiting for him.
Haluk Ünal, Birol Güven, Ömer Lütfi Mete, Hüseyin Kuzu and Levent Kazak are only some of the directors and artists who teach at these courses.
Saturday, Jun 23, 2012
The Second "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival" launches at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) in Los Angeles on Aug. 3 for a one-week celebration of Kazakh cinema and culture, including musicians.
The festival is a stellar opportunity for directors, producers, location scouts, and the general public to get an understanding and appreciation of this exotic locale without leaving home.
Sweeping from the Caspian Sea on its Russian border to the Altai Mountain range on the Chinese border, Kazakhstan has a rich nomadic history as well as a powerful current tapestry of cultures. Since gaining independence in 1991, the Central Asian Republic has embraced its remarkable filmmaking past that dates back to the 1930's, when Sergei Eisenstein made his classic Ivan the Terrible in this mystic land, and has even given rise to several "New Wave" movements.
Opening night on Aug. 3rd begins with a reception at 7 pm, and includes a program of live entertainment until 11 pm, at the DGA Theater.
Sponsored by Kazakh Geographic Society (KazGeo.kz ), helixfilmsinc.com , the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and the Honorary Consulate of Kazakhstan in Los Angeles, the festival includes Advisory Board Members Steven-Charles Jaffe (GHOST, K19), David Marconi (Screenwriter, ENEMY OF THE STATE), and Ambassador Erlan Idrissov.
Tickets cost $10 (including free parking) can be purchased from the festivals website. "Kazakhstan Montage of Cinemas: Film & Cultural Festival 2012" will be held Aug. 3 - 9 at the Directors Guild of America on 7920 Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles, California
For more information, please see www.kazakhfestival.com - KazakhFilmFestLA@gmail.com
Source : HelixFilmsInc.com
Sunday, May 27, 2012
The 65th Festival de Cannes drew to a close tonight with the closing awards ceremony hosted by Academy Award nominated actress Berenice Bejo.
The top prize was captured yet again by Michael Haneke for his portrait of an elderly couple Amour. This is the second time he has bested Jacques Audiard who was also in competition with De rouille et d'os (Rust and Bone). Haneke becomes one of the few two-time Palme d'Or winners alongside Alf Sjoberg, Francis Ford Coppola, Bille August, Emir Kusturica, Shohei Imamura, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne and only the second after August to win with consecutive films his previous Palme d'Or was for his 2009 film Das weiße Band (The White Ribbon).
Matteo Garrone picked up his second Grand Prix for his film Reality. Previously, he had won in 2008 for Gomorrah.
The surprise winner for the Jury Prize was Ken Loach with The Angels' Share. He previously won the Palme d'Or in 2006 with The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
Another previous Palme d'Or winner won Best Screenplay. Cristian Mungiu who made 4 luni, 3 săptămâni ?i 2 zile (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) returned with După dealuri (Beyond the Hills), and it also shared the Best Actress for its stars Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur.
In spite of the heavy American representation in the selection, the only American film to win a prize was Benh Zeitlin's Un Certain Regard entry Beasts of the Southern Wild which won the Camera d'Or for first film. Last night, it had won the FIPRESCI international critics' prize.
Complete list of winners for the 65th Festival de Cannes
Amour, Michael Haneke (France-Germany-Austria)
Reality, Matteo Garrone (Italy-France)
The Angels' Share, Ken Loach (U.K.-France-Belgium-Italy)
Carlos Reygadas, Post tenebras lux (Light After Darkness) (Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands)
Cosmina Stratan and Cristina Flutur, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Mads Mikkelsen, Jagten (The Hunt) (Denmark-Sweden)
Cristian Mungiu, După dealuri (Beyond the Hills) (Romania-France-Belgium)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (U.S.)
PALME D'OR FOR BEST SHORT FILM
SESSYZ-BE DENG (SILENCE), REZAN YE?YLBA?
Source : www.ensonhaber.com