Eurasia fest eyes wide lineup, new nod


MOSCOW -- Turkey's third international Eurasia Film Festival will open in mid-October with the local premieres of more than 80 films and a prize purse worth $115,000.

Dubbed the "international gateway" to its older, concurrent sister event, Turkey's national Antalaya Film Festival, which opens its 44th edition at the same time, Eurasia offers its best film an award worth $75,000 and best director $25,000.

Additionally, a new Critics Award, worth $15,000, will be offered for the first time, organizers said Tuesday.

Opening Oct. 19, the international competition lineup includes Russia's latest epic, Sergei Bodrov's Ghengis Khan biopic "Mongol"; "You the Living," Roy Andersson's reflection on mankind's need to love and be loved; Tony Ayres' "The Home Song Stories," the story of a Chinese singer and her family who settle in Australia in '70s; and Kenneth Bi's Chinese Zen drumming movie, "The Drummer."

Other competition films include Eran Korilin's feature directorial debut, "The Band's Visit," an Un Certain Regard winner at this year's Festival de Cannes, and "Assembly," the latest film from Chinese helmer Xiaogang Feng.

Feng's film is an adaptation of a short story about a soldier who seeks recognition for his fallen comrades during the Chinese civil war of 1949 between the Communists and the Nationalists.

Turkish films included in the international competition lineup are "Egg," the first film of the trilogy of Semih Kaplanoglu, which screened in Directors' Fortnight at Cannes this year; and Handan Ipekci's "Hidden Faces," which focuses on so-called "honor killings" in Turkey in a story about a woman murdered by her family because of her sexual behavior.

The festival runs Oct. 19-28 and includes a market and the new Eurasia Production Platform, which opens Oct. 22 and will provide a venue for brigning producers and projects together.