SALT Cinema

Salt Ankara

September 14 – November 9, 2017

Theladyinthevan 2015 3 <i>The Lady in the Van</i> [Zoraki Komşu] (2015) filminden bir kare ©Filmbank Media
Still from The Lady in the Van (2015) ©Filmbank Media
Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center, Ankara
Yaşar Kemal Conference Hall

SALT Cinema at Çankaya Municipality Contemporary Arts Center (ÇSM) consists of a selection of films meditating on the concept of “the home.” The screening program explores “the home” as an object of design, shelter, utopia, lifestyle, and even absence.

Not only a living space, home is a place of longing and belonging. It presents a constant challenge to the discipline of architecture which seeks to address, question, reconsider and redefine it physically, yet ultimately fails to influence the making of the home. The abstract notion of home, on the other hand, embodies a multitude of contexts, from a secure shelter to a “sweet home,” and to the “homeland” of a nation.

Contemporary conditions make it difficult to hold on to understanding of home as a shelter and place of belonging. In fact, homes are at the center of social upheavals caused by forced displacement, housing shortage, poverty and climate change. While professional nomadism and tourism incline towards structures that affect homeliness, websites and mobile applications continue to foster a global, standard aesthetic of rental homes. In addition to these lucrative real estate maneuvers, urban transformation driving up the economy instigates a radical rebuilding of homes and their neighborhoods.

Home, as an intimate space, bears traces of their inhabitants and arouses great curiosity. One’s desire to see another’s home is easily provoked by anything from sounds next door to interior design magazines and often contributes to an interpretation of the owner’s personality. Even when the “home” in cinema appears to be celebrated for its architectural qualities, it becomes a reflection of the protagonist’s identity.

Addressing such topics from various aspects, the six feature-length films will be screened in the Yaşar Kemal Conference Hall at ÇSM, in their original language with Turkish and English subtitles. Program is free. Reservations are not accepted.


September 14 Crystal Moselle, The Wolfpack, 2015

September 21 Nicholas Hytner, The Lady in the Van, 2015

October 5 Tom Ford, A Single Man, 2009

October 12 Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine, Barbicania, 2014

November 2 Hayao Miyazaki, Tonari no Totoro [My Neighbor Totoro], 1988

November 9 Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leviafan [Leviathan], 2014