‘Dust Cloth’ chosen Best Film at Istanbul Film Festival
ISTANBULThe 35th Istanbul Film Festival, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), presented this year’s awards at a ceremony at the Haliç Congress Center on April 15.
The Golden Tulip for the Best Film in the National Competition of the festival went to “Toz Bezi” (Dust Cloth), directed by Ahu Öztürk, who received the award from the jury head, Müjde Ar.
Mustafa Kara won the Golden Tulip for Best Director for his film “Kalandar Soğuğu” (The Cold of Kalandar).
The Best Film received a monetary award of 150,000 Turkish Liras and the Best Director received 50,000 liras.
In this year’s International Competition, 15 films from 14 countries competed for the Golden Tulip. Presented in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, the former chairman of İKSV and one of the founders of the Istanbul Film Festival, the International Golden Tulip Award is supported by the Eczacıbaşı Group with a monetary award of 25,000 euros.
This year the International Golden Tulip Competition Award was given to the film “A Monster with a Thousand Heads,” directed by Rodrigo Plá.
The International Golden Tulip Competition Special Jury Prize went to the film “The Childhood of a Leader,” directed by Brady Corbet.
The Special Jury Prize in memory of Onat Kutlar was awarded to the film “Rauf” by Barış Kaya and Soner Caner.
Asiye Dinçsoy won the Best Actress award for her role in “Dust Cloth,” while Haydar Şişman won the Best Actor award for his role in “The Cold of Kalandar.”
The festival’s first Best Documentary Award was given to “Hazır Ol!” (Attention!), directed by Onur Bakır and Panagiotis Charamis.
Exclusive to the Istanbul Film Festival, the Film Award of the Council of Europe was given to the film “Mediterranea,” directed by Jonas Carpignano.
The winners of the International Film Critics Federation (FIPRESCI) awards included “All Of A Sudden” by Aslı Özge, “Ana Yurdu” (Motherland) by Senem Tüzen, and “Jamais Vu” by Levent Türkan.
Cinema Honorary Awards
Presented by the festival every year to prominent figures who have devoted their lives to the Turkish cinema, the Cinema Honorary Awards were bestowed on five artists this year. The recipients of the Honorary Award of the night were actress Jeyan Ayral Tözüm; doyen producer Şerafettin Gür; the “most beloved jezebel” character in Turkish cinema, Suzan Avcı; the recently deceased legendary director Ülkü Erakalın; and veteran actress Perran Kutman.
In its 35th edition, the Istanbul Film Festival launched a National Short Film Competition with a view to encouraging the making of short films, supporting improvement in the field, and presenting noteworthy short films to audiences.
Ziya Demirel’s film “Salı” (Tuesday) won the Best Short Film Award.