Carte Blanche
Ahram Online, Sunday 30 Oct 2016
List of films to be screened within Carte Blanche section of the 9th Panorama of the European Film which runs between 2 and 13 November 2016

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Country: Czechoslovakia

Year: 1966

Director: Jiri Menzel

Starring: Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Running Time: 93 min

Language: Czech, German

Subtitles: English

At a village railway station in occupied Czechoslovakia, a bumbling dispatcher’s apprentice longs to liberate himself from his virginity. Oblivious to the war and the resistance that surrounds him, this young man embarks on a journey of self-discovery, encountering a universe of frustration, and adventure within his sleepy backwater depot. Wry and tender, Closely Watched Trains is a masterpiece of human observation and one of the best-loved films of the Czech New Wave.

Best Foreign Language Film - Academy Awards 1968

Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film - Golden Globes 1968

Nominated for Best Film, Best Soundtrack - BAFTA Awards 1969



Country: Turkey

Year: 2002

Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Starring: Muzaffer Özdemir, Emin Toprak, Zuhal Gencer

Genre: Drama

Running Time: 110 min

Language: Turkish

Subtitles: English

Mahmut, a photographer who is haunted by the feeling that the gap between his ideals and his real life is growing, finds himself obliged to put up Yusuf in his apartment, a young relative who has left behind his village looking for a job aboard a ship in Istanbul to go abroad.

Grand Prize of the Jury, Best Actor - Cannes IFF 2003

FIPRESCI Film of the Year - San Sebastian IFF 2003

Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Supporting Actress - Ankara IFF 2002

Best Turkish Film of the Year, Best Turkish Director of the Year, Fipresci Prize - Istanbul IFF 2003



Country: Germany

Year: 1981

Director: Ulrike Öttinger

Starring: Magdalena Montezuma, Delphine Seyrig, Albert Heins

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy

Running Time: 126 min

Language: German

Subtitles: English

In the form of a "small theater of the world", Freak Orlando tells a history of the world from its beginnings to our day, including the errors, the incompetence, the thirst for power, the fear, the madness, the cruelty and the commonplace. Set in five episodes, Ottinger’s garishly costumed tales involves the Spanish Inquisition, traveling entertainers, Greek mythology, assorted bodily oddities, and general carnivalesque intrigue.

Audience Award - Sceaux 1983


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