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Golden Boll Festival ends with three trophies to Onur Ünlü

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News | 9/25/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Adana’s 18th Golden Boll Film Festival came to an end Saturday with director Onur Ünlü’s ‘Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi’ winning three awards at the ceremony

The 18th Golden Boll Film Festival, which kicked off in the southern province of Adana on Sept. 17, ended Saturday night with an award ceremony, at which director Onur Ünlü became the annual event’s big winner.

Ünlü’s film “Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi” (The Extremely Tragic Story of Celal Tan and His Family) won the Best Screenplay Award, Jury Special Performance Award and Best Film Award.

The ceremony took place at the Merkez Park Amphitheater in Adana. Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay could not attend the ceremony but a written statement he sent was read at the beginning of the event. Later, Adana Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldırmaz presented a plaque to Sare Doğan, a cinema and performing arts official with the Culture and Tourism Ministry.

“Cinema artists are Turkey’s source of pride. Two million people of Adana all together made the Golden Boll Festival a success,” Aldırmaz said.

The winners of the top awards, for which 14 films competed, were announced following the presentation of honors to the winners of the National Student Films Competition and the Mediterranean Countries Short Film Competition, and a mini concert by Leman Sam.

“The Extremely Tragic Story of Celal Tan and His Family,” written and directed by Ünlü, also won the record prize of 350,000 Turkish Liras given to the festival’s best film, as well as the three awards.

The Best Director Award went to Cemal Ağacıkoğlu for his “Eylül” (September). The Best Actress Award was shared by Hatice Aslan for her role in “Vücut” (Body) and Görkem Yeltan for her role in “Eylül.” Durukan Ordu won the Best Actor Award for his role in “Gelecek Uzun Sürer” (Future Lasts Forever). That film, directed by Özcan Alper, also won the Yılmaz Güney Award while Ruhi Karadağ’s “Simurg” won the Adana Viewers Jury Award.

Director Alper was also the winner of the Cinema Writers Association (SİYAD) Best Film Award for “Future Lasts Forever.” The Jury Special Prize went to Serkan Acar’s “Aşk ve Devrim” (Love and Revolution).

This year, the festival jury created a new award category for Sound Design and presented the award to Burak Topalakçı for his work in “Kaybedenler Kulübü” (Losers Club) and “Eylül.”

Dedication to victims of unsolved murders

Speaking of the six actors in his film “Simurg,” Karadağ said: “Three are here, three are in exile. I dedicate this award to my citizens, who are the victims of unsolved murders, and do not have a grave. Also, I dedicate it to my late journalist friends, especially to Ape Musa.”

The late director Yılmaz Güney’s wife, Fatoş Güney, made a speech before the Yılmaz Güney Award was presented, noting that her husband was born in Adana. “He was a cinema genius. He was a revolutionist and paid a heavy price,” she said.

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