SALT Cinema

Salt Ankara

October 2 – November 20, 2019

Zona 2019 <i>ZONA</i> [Bölge] (2019) filminden bir kare ©SomeSuch
Still from the film ZONA [The Zone] (2019) ©SomeSuch
Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Center (Oran, Ankara)

SALT Cinema, programmed as part of L’Internationale’s Our Many Europes project, will take place in Ankara for eight weeks beginning on October 2.

Transitioning into a new world order, the 1990s saw a myriad of social transformations, shifts in everyday habits and future expectations, and modifications of the built environment in anticipation of the 21st century. The post-Cold War era’s political, economic, and technological developments were manifested in the urban space endorsed by fashionable labels such as “city branding” and “global cities.” Presented at Çankaya Municipality Nazım Hikmet Culture and Art Center, SALT Cinema surveys the ’90s non-uniform impacts on diverse geographies through various Europen cities.

How close or far is the ’90s today?
The fall of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the USSR paved the way for the redefinition of Europe through a political and economic union, which instituted the idea of European citizenship and a single currency. Expansion of individual rights was on the rise with the internet becoming public, mobile communication growing available, and freedom of movement being officially advocated. While the first black president of South Africa was elected to office, the ethnic conflicts continued to result in civil wars across the continent. Europe was also paralyzed with wars, which the EU could only address years later through trials. The ’90s, the period that witnessed both unions and separations when the USA remained in a position of global dominance, was also marked by the growing media frenzy and mass consumerism.

Including selected fiction and documentary films from Thursday Cinema’s 2019 program, SALT Cinema explores Europe’s legacy of the ’90s with a compilation of urban stories spanning from Serbia to the UK, and from Italy to Transnistria.

All films will be screened in their original language with Turkish and English subtitles. For further information about the public program:


October 2

Mike Leigh, Life Is Sweet, 1990

October 9
Francesco Patierno, Camorra, 2018

October 16
Ognjen Glavonić, Teret [The Load], 2018

October 23
Hubertus Siegert, Berlin Babylon, 2001

October 30
Salomé Lamas, Extinção [Extinction], 2018

November 6
Clayton Vomero, ZONA [The Zone], 2019

November 13
Alice Rohrwacher, Lazzaro felice [Happy as Lazzaro], 2018

November 20
Sergei Loznitsa, Sobytie [The Event], 2015