Antalya Film Fest: 'Bridgend' and 'Girls Lost' Among Titles Competing for Top Prize

Courtesy of International Film Festival Rotterdam

The 52nd edition of the festival in Turkey has a top prize of over $50,000 for international competition.

Danish director Jeppe Ronde's Bridgend and Swedish director Alexandra-Therese Keining's provocative Girls Lost are among 10 films in the lineup for the Antalya Film Festival's top Golden Orange cash prize of 50,000 Euros ($53,000).

Ronde's dark drama stars Adrian Rawlins (Harry Potter) and is based on the true story of a wave of suicides in a Welsh mining town. It won kudos last April at New York's Tribeca festival for best actress, editing and cinematography.

Lost Girls — based on a Jessica Schiefauer's best-selling novel — is a provocative tale of three adolescent girls exploring sensuality and fluid sexual identities after they wake up in male bodies. That title opened to critical acclaim earlier this fall at Toronto.

Other films in a section that includes other international award-winning films in their Turkish premieres include two local titles, Memories of the Wind, directed by Ozcan Alper, and Mustafa Kara's Cold of Kalandar.

Other titles in contention are: Serbia's Oscar contender, Enclave (Goran Radovanovic, Serbia/Germany); Fly Away Solo (Neeraj Ghaywan, India/France); Memories on Stone, (Sevket Emin Korki, Germany/Iraq); Pioneer Heroes (Natalya Kudryashova, Russia); Sworn Virgin (Laura Bispuri, Italy/Switzerland/Germany/Albania/Kosovo/France); and The Idol, (Hany Abu Assad, Palestine).

The 52nd edition of the Antalya Film Festival opens on Nov. 29, and winners of the international competition are due to be announced at the closing awards ceremony on Dec. 6.

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