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Golden Boll Festival kicks off nine days of cinema in Adana

ISTANBUL- Hürriyet Daily News | 9/16/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Fourteen films will compete for the top prize at the nine-day 18th Golden Boll Film Festival when it opens in the southern province of Adana on Saturday.

Fourteen films will compete for the top prize at the nine-day 18th Golden Boll Film Festival when it opens in the southern province of Adana on Saturday.

“One of the 14 films that applied to the festival’s competition will be chosen by a jury headed by the director Derviş Zaim. We will see the result at an award ceremony to be held Sept. 24,” Adana Deputy Mayor Zihni Aldırmaz said earlier this week.

The best film will be awarded 350,000 Turkish Liras from the total prize purse worth 936,000 liras, according to officials.

This year’s Golden Boll will mark the first time in Turkey that a film festival awards prize money in all categories. Along with the award for best film, prizes will also go to the winners of the Best Director Award (75,000 liras), the Yılmaz Güney Award (75,000 liras) and the Adana Audience Award (50,000 liras).

A rich lineup

This year’s festival will contribute to Turkish cinema and its promotion in the future, Aldırmaz said, adding that the lineup was particularly rich.

Aldırmaz said the festival’s Feature Film Competition had also attracted a lot of interest.

The movies that will compete in the festival’s Feature Film Competition include “Aşk ve Devrim” (Love and Revolution) by Serkan Acar; “Beni Sev” (Love Me) by Ali Özgentürk; “Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi” (The Extremely Depressing Story of Celal Tan and His Family) by Onur Ünlü; “Eylül” (September) by Cemil Ağacıkoğlı; “Gelecek Uzun Sürer” (Future Lasts Forever) by Özcan Alper; “Kadife / Büyük Ana” (Velvet / Grandmother) by Erdoğan Kar; “Kaybedenler Kulübü” (Losers Club) by Tolga Örnek; “Mar” by Caner Erzincan; “Memleket Meselesi” (A Matter of Country) by İsa Yıldız and Murat Onbul; “Saklı Hayatlar” (Hidden Lives) by Haluk Ünal; “ Simurg” by Ruhi Karadağ; “Türk Pasaportu” (Turkish Passport) by Burak Cem Arlıel; “Vücut” (Body) by Mustafa Nuri; and “Yurt” (Country) by Muzaffer Özdemir.

All the events of the festival will be free.

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