Turkish director chosen as best in Moscow
“Sarı Sıcak” (Yellow Heat), which won four awards including the Best Film Award at this year’s Istanbul Film Festival, returned from the 39th Moscow International Film Festival with the Best Director Award.
Written and directed by Fikret Reyhan, the film made its international premiere at the festival, which ended on June 29 in Moscow.
Thirteen films were screened in the main competition of the festival. Reyhan was chosen the Best Director by a jury, headed by Iranian director Reza Mirkarimi and included Italian actress Ornella Muti, Finnish director and producer Jörn Donner, Spanish director Albert Serra, and German film consultant Brigitta Manthey.
Produced by Nizamettin Reyhan and Nuriye Bilici, “Yellow Heat” stars Aytaç Uşun and Mehmet Özgür.
The film made its premiere at the 36thIstanbul Film Festival in April and won the Golden Tulip Award in the National Competition of the festival. It also won the Best Actor award for Uşun, Best Director of Photography Award for Marton Miklauzic, and Best Fiction Award for Ömer Günüvar and Reyhan.
“Yellow Heat” tells the story of an immigrant family deep in debt and struggling to survive through traditional farming, in a sector squeezed by accelerating industrialization.
The film is scheduled for general release in Turkey in the fall.