Turkey’s Antalya Film Festival has boosted the star wattage for its Oct. 21 opening night, with Oscar-winner Christopher Walken, Juliette Lewis and Japanese actor and Jim Jarmusch regular Masatoshi Nagase (“Radiance”) set to attend the seaside event in Turkey.
During the festival, Walken and Lewis will discuss career benchmarks at In Conversation With sessions; Walken will take home an Honorary Golden Orange Award for outstanding contribution to the art of film.
Also on hand will be Sean Baker, screening “The Florida Project,” Ai Wei-Wei producer Chin-Chin Yap, presenting “Human Flow” and Cannes winner Aida Begic with “Never Leave Me.”
In addition, Oscar-winner Danis Tanovic (“No Man’s Land”) will make his way to the historic resort city for a tribute to his work, along with that of late director Ömer Lütfi Akad, a pioneer of post-war Turkish cinema.
Palestinian filmmaker/provocateur Elia Suleiman will preside over a jury composed of Turkish actress, producer and writer Fadik Sevin Atasoy (“Usta”), Brazilian director and visual artist Karim Ainouz (“Madame Sata”), Icelandic composer and former member of Sigur Rós Kjartan Sveinsson (“The Last Farm”) and British playwright and screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz (“Ida”).
The festival also announced the line-up for its Cinema and Cuisine section, featuring Luis Gonzalez’s “The Turkish Way,” Maurice Dekkers’ docu “Ants on a Shrimp,” Anna Chai and Nari Kye’s polemic “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” and Michael Winterbottom’s restaurant road movie “The Trip to Spain.”
Top Turkish chefs will create delights inspired by each film’s menu and style while the section showcases work exploring cinema’s relationship with food, its social issues and rituals the world over.
The Films for Young People line-up of eight European, Turkish and South Korean pics will include Berlinale prize winner “Summer 1993” from Carla Simon, “Mountain Miracle” by Tobias Wiemann and Berlinale and Moscow docu fest hit “Becoming Who I Was,” which follows a boy’s encounter with reincarnation.
Slovak director Iveta Grofova’s child-centered drama “Little Harbour,” meanwhile, will screen out of competition in the Official Selection, part of a slate of 14 films, half of which are directed by women.