Anatolian Leopard / National Narrative Feature / Emre Kayış / 01:48:00 / Turkey
Antakya 9th International Film Festival
National Best Film
Director: Emre Kayis
Scriptwriter: Emre Kayis
Cinematographer: Nick Cooke
Art Director: Billur Turan
Editing: Ricardo Saraiva
Producer: Tato Film - Olena Yershova
Cast: Uğur Polat, Hatice Aslan, Ege Aydan
Born in 1984 in Ankara. After studying law, he was accepted to London Film School. His graduation film, The Translator, was screened in over 200 festivals, including Sarajevo, Palm Springs and Montreal. The film was awarded 16 awards and was nominated for Best Short Film at the 28th European Film Awards. Kayiş is also a Sarajevo Talents participant and a member of the European Film Academy (EFA). Anatolian Leopard, the director's feature debut, had its world premiere at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival and won the Fipresci award.
Fikret is the director of the Ankara Zoo for twenty two years. His biggest concern is the wave of urban renewal and privatization, sweeping through the cities of Turkey. The prospect of his zoo being shut down, sold off to the Arabic investors and converted to an amusement park has been on the agenda for a long time. The project is stuck, as an old Anatolian leopard under protection due to being on the brink of extinction is still at the zoo. The leopard has to be transferred to another establishment to start the process of closure which Fikret and his introvert female officer strongly oppose. Drawing on the leopard’s sad fate, Kayiş reveals the emotional world of people whose fate are not that different.