Turkish immigration film wins awards in two countries
‘I loved you So Much’ won awards in Greek and Ukrainian festivals.
Turkish film “Öyle Sevdim ki Seni” (I Loved You So Much), directed by Orhan Tekeoğlu, was awarded with “World Cinema Bridges” at the 4th Peloponnesian Corinthian International Film Festival, held in Corinth, Greece between Dec. 11 and 16.
Turkish actor Kayhan Yıldızoğlu, received the prize of “The best actor” at the Korona Karpat Truskavets International TV Film Festival held from Nov. 12 to 16 in Turuskavets, Ukraine.
The film was separately aired at the 43rd International Kiev Film Festival and as part of the “Women across the Borders” program held at the Pera Museum in collaboration with the International Organization for Migration.
The film was first aired on Sept. 27 in Trabzon, Turkey. Taking as its focus the influx of women from the former Soviet Union after the fall of communism, the film follows the ill-fated love story between a local Trabzon man and a woman from across the water. With the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Olga, the granddaughter of Mustafa Usta, a stonemason who migrated to Yalta, Ukraine, from the village of Santa in Trabzon, loses her job, and heads to Trabzon to find work.
Immigration, broken homes and prejudice are the main themes of the film.