The southern city of Antalya has once again come alive in the middle of autumn with the beginning of the highly anticipated International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
At this year's 46th edition of the festival, there are some noticeable changes. For one, a stylized version of the symbol of Antalya, the Goddess Venus holding an orange in one hand, has returned as the golden award statuette for the festival. The Venus statuette was last used five years ago before it was replaced by a statue of a golden orange.
The festival will bring 150 films to town, with 16 Turkish and 12 international films competing for the golden Venus. There will be around 40 mobile cinema trucks screening various films around the city, thus creating an atmosphere just like an open-air cinema.
There were plans this year to create a Eurasia International Film Festival showcasing full-length feature films, but the name Eurasia was removed due to the large number of participants from all around the world.
The main theme at this year's edition is cinema and its music from the 1960s.
In honor of this, veteran television anchorman Halit KД±vanГ§ and young artist Nehir ErdoДџan called many cinema artists to the stage during the Saturday opening ceremonies to thank them for contributing to Turkish cinema in the 1960s, when at least 100 films were shot per year. The highlight of the opening ceremony was the performance of Melahat GГјlses, one of the most famous voices in Turkish classical music. She sang songs that had made movies memorable in the 1960s.
In comparison to other years, however, this year's opening ceremonies were decidedly more low-key and directionless because there was no serious presentation of this year's film line-up.В In the end, such oversights were understandable given that the festival, organized by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts, or AKSAV, has had a far lower budget than in previous years.