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‘Ecotopia’ Wins The ‘Best Film Award’ in Ankara

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23rd Ankara International Film Festival winners are  announced with a closing ceremony at MEB Sura in Ankara. ‘Ecotopia’ by Yüksel Aksu was crowned with the ‘Best Film Award’ in National Feature Film Competition category. The jurors, Prof. Sami Sekeroğlu, Osman Şahin, Çiğdem Vitrinel, Cüneyt Cebenoyan  and Doğan Sarıgüzel also determined  the winners of the following categories; Best Film ECOTOPIA - ‘Entelköy Efeköy’e Karşı’ – Yüksel Aksu ...

30th IFF... THE CLOSING CEREMONY

The Festival’s “Turkish Cinema” theme sponsor Efes, gave a monetary award of $30,000 to Sedat Yılmaz, the director of Press, which was elected by FIPRESCI among films participating in the National Competition and who was awarded on Onat Kutlar’s memory, to be used toward his next film.

30th IFF... THE CLOSING CEREMONY

he Festival’s “Turkish Cinema” theme sponsor Efes, gave a monetary award of $30,000 to Sedat Yılmaz, the director of Press, which was elected by FIPRESCI among films participating in the National Competition and who was awarded on Onat Kutlar’s memory, to be used toward his next film.

Turkish cinema

Off Karadeniz (2010)A young girl from the very liberal Smyrna in Turkey is sent to Of, a very conservative town on the Black Sea coast... starring Turkish TV and film actress Melissa Papel.

Belgrade Auteur Fim Fest awards Californian Dreamin'

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Cristian Nemescu's Romanian traqi-comedy CALIFORNIAN DREAMIN' took the Alexsander Sasa Petrovic award for best film at the 13th Auteur Film Festival in Belgrade (Nov 27 - Dec 4). Ozer Kizilitan's courageous tale of religious Zealotry in modern day Turkey TAKVA won the Freedom of Artistic Expression Award and Anton Corbijn's Joy Division biopic CONTROL recieved the Special Prize of the Jury.The jury of the festival, US critic Ron Holloway, British director Julian Richards and Serbian director Srd...

A Cock and Bull Story wins Golden Tulip at İstanbul

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A Cock and Bull Story wins Golden Tulip at İstanbulDeneuve and Depardıeu attend closing ceremony Michael Winterbottom’s “A Cock and Bull Story” won the Istanbul International Film Festival’s premier award, the Golden Tulip at a gala evening broadcast live over Turkish national television over the weekend and attended by Catherine Deneuve and Gerard Depardieu.The movie was selected because of the “simplicity, invention and humour with which it successfully adapts a notoriousl...

The rebirth of memory: chat with Yesim Ustaoglu

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The Rebirth of MemoryAn Interview with Turkish Filmmaker Yesim Ustaogluby Dominique Arel, filmfestivals.comForty-four year old Yesym Ustaoglu created a stir five years with Journey to the Sun, the first contemporary Turkish film dealing with a Kurdish theme and (a good portion of which) actually shot in Turkish Kurdistan. Her new feature film, Waiting for the Clouds (Bulutlari Beklerken), addresses another taboo topic in Turkey's painful past: the fate of Greek minorities during the First World ...

Against the wind (germany) world premiere

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The Berlinale has now confirmed a second Competition entry from Germany: director Fatih Akin will present the world premiere of his latest film Gegen die Wand (Against the Wall).With his new film, the director – who was born in Hamburg and still lives there – returns to his filmmaking roots and depicts the world of second generation Turkish immigrants. In Gegen die Wand, Akin follows his young protagonist as she desperately attempts to escape from the constraints of her culture. After attemp...
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