Antalya Film Festival hosts doyens of cinema

Published 28.11.2015 01:07
Updated 28.11.2015 17:42
Antalya Film Festival hosts doyens of cinema

Organized by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the 52nd International Antalya Film Festival will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6. The festival will host world-renowned Hollywood figures Kathleen Turner, Jeremy Irons and Vanessa Redgrave as well as Turkish stars such as actress Ayşen Gruda, director Erden Kıral, actor Kayhan Yıldızoğlu and actress Tijen Par.

Organized by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality, the 52nd International Antalya Film Festival will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 6.

Winner of Academy, Tony and Emmy awards, British actress Vanessa Redgrave will be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the closing ceremony of the Antalya Film Festival. Born into the Redgrave family, a well-known family in British drama, Vanessa Redgrave enhanced her fame on the British stage and took part in important feature films alongside her father, Sir Michael Redgrave, and her siblings Lynn and Corin.

Vanessa Redgrave
Redgrave passed on the talent she inherited from her family to her children, Joely Richardson and Natasha Richardson, and enlarged her family of actors. The actress has proven her success over and over again with the awards she has received for her acting. She won an Academy Award as well as two Emmy awards, two best female actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival, a Tony Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and the Laurence Olivier Award. Redgrave made a name for herself with her roles in the Academy Award winning and Palme d'Or winner, veteran director Michelangelo Antonioni's "Blow Up," and David Hare's Golden Bear winner film "Wetherby." Apart from award-winning productions, Redgrave also appeared in popular box-office films including "Deep Impact" and "Mission Impossible."

Redgrave acted alongside her father Sir Michael Redgrave in her silver screen debut "Behind The Mask" in 1958. Eight years later, in 1966, she was granted the Best Female Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment." That same year, she displayed her acting talents in "A Man For All Seasons" alongside her brother Corin Redgrave and the "genius boy of cinema" Orson Welles, and also accompanied actor David Hemmings in Michelangelo Antonioni's cult film "Blow Up."

These incredible films were followed by "Camelot," which has a special place on Redgrave's resume. During the filming of "Camelot," which recounts the marriage of King Arthur and Guinevere, Redgrave met Franco Nero whom she would marry many years later. Forty years after their first encounter, the couple found each other and married. The 2010 film "Letters to Juliet" starring Redgrave was about the actress' epic love story with Nero.

She played the Scottish Queen Mary in the 1972 film "Mary, Queen of Scots" and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance once again. She finally won an Academy Award for Fred Zinnemann's 1978 film "Julia" co-starring legendary actress Jane Fonda. Although the film, which tells the story of a friendship between two women under Nazi rule, caused a stir among movie critics back in the day, it was Redgrave's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony that made history. When the actress won the Academy Award, she was also working on a documentary titled "Palestine" and she even sold her house in order to finance the film. Because she supported a free Palestine, she received death threats and Jewish extremists were bombing the cinema halls where her documentary was being screened. Due to these threats and protests, the government placed snipers on the roofs to protect Redgrave during the award ceremony. When she stepped on the stage to receive her award some applauded the veteran artist, while some protested her. During her speech she said, "I salute you and I pay tribute to you and I think you should be very proud that in the last few weeks you've stood firm and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and to their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression."

Following this speech, Redgrave could not get any roles and she was censored for years. After her censored years were over, she joined the Revolutionary Workers' Party in the U.K. She supported the Palestinians against the Israelis and the Chechens against the Russians. She even paid the bail money of Chechen leader Ahmet Zakayev and Palestinian Jameel al-Benna, who was captured by the CIA and detained in Guantanamo. She was chosen as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF, worked in Sarajevo as a UNICEF ambassador and started up campaigns against the Iraq War with the Peace and Development Party, which Redgrave founded with her brother Corin.

Redgrave, who worked non-stop, took part in unforgettable films in the 1990s and 2000s. With her performance in the 1992 film "Howerds End," she was once again nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

Redgrave transferred her stage experience in Shakespeare plays to the silver screen and worked alongside different actors from different cultures such as Sidney Lumet, Tinto Brass, Ken Russel, Stephen Frears, Brian de Palma and Sean Penn. Like herself, she played powerful, independent and determined women such as Mary Queen of Scots, and Virginia Woolf's famous character Mrs. Dalloway. With her incredible performance animating modern dance legend Isadora Duncan, she was nominated for an Academy Award and she won the best actress award at the Cannes Film Festival.

Jeremy IronsWorld-renown British actor Jeremy Irons, who has acted in many famous productions such as 'The Merchant of Venice,' 'Dungeons and Dragons, 'Lolita' and many others, will be the guest of the 52nd Antalya Film Festival to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. The festival estival will host world-renowned Jeremy Irons during the opening ceremony of the festival. British actor, who captured the hearts of Turkish audiences after his performance in "The French Lieutenant's Woman" alongside Meryl Streep, will come to Antalya to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at the International Antalya Film Festival. Irons, one of the most in-demand actors of the past three decades, will attend the opening ceremony at the Glass Pyramid on Nov. 29. Moreover, one of Iron's most popular films, "Dead Ringers" in which the actor plays twin brothers, will be screened as a part of the festival. Following the film screening, the British actor will attend a Q&A session with movie buffs.

Kathleen TurnerKnown for her energy and dynamism both on the stage and the silver screen, world-renowned Hollywood star Kathleen Turner will be a guest at the festival. Turner, a prominent star of the 1980s and '90s, who transferred her expertise on the silver screen to the theater stage, continues to be a Hollywood icon through the different characters she animates on the silver screen as well as on stage. Turner, who is well-recognized in the U.S. as well as in the international cinema industry, is mostly known for her roles in "Romancing the Stone" co-starring Michael Douglas, which brought the actress her first Golden Globe, "The Jewel of the Nile" and "The War of the Roses." While "The War of the Roses" will be screened as a part of the festival, the audience will watch the classic movie at the cinema hall together with the legendary Turner.

Veteran Turkish cinema figures to receive honorary awards

The International Antalya Film Festival has announced that veteran actress Ayşen Gruda, director Erden Kıral and actor Kayhan Yıldızoğlu will be given Lifetime Honorary Awards. Tijen Par will be the holder of the Yıldırım Önal Commemoration Award, which has a special place in the history of the festival.

Ayşen GrudaAyşen Gruda, who has achieved phenomenal success with the characters she played throughout her career and has broken records, is among the first names that comes to mind in Turkish comedy films. The actress has her name written in gold letters in the history of Turkish cinema with the films she starred in alongside Kemal Sunal, Şener Şen and İlyas Salman. Gruda has taken part in numerous films such as "Davaro," "Çiçek Abbas" (Abbas in Flower), "Hababam Sınıfı" series (The Chaos Class), "Şekerpare," "Çöpçüler Kralı" (The King of the Street Cleaners), "Tosun Paşa," "Bizim Aile" (Our Family) and "Süt Kardeşler" (The Foster Brothers).

Veteran director Erden Kıral contributed to the process of rejuvenation and politicization of Turkish cinema with his films "Kanal" (The Canal) and "Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde" (On Fertile Lands) in the 70s and 80s. Although he kicked off his cinema journey with Yılmaz Güney, he followed his own path some time later. His film "Hakkari'de Bir Mevsim" (A Season in Hakkari), which was adapted from Ferit Edgü's novel titled "O", won the Silver Bear-Special Jury Prize at the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival in 1983 along with many other international awards.

When art house cinema was marginalized in Turkey, he stood by the art moves he believed in and produced successful films such as "Ayna" (Mirror) and "Av Zamanı" (Hunting Time). The director who won the Golden Orange Award for the best film and best director at the International Antalya Film Festival entered his maturity period in art with his film "Mavi Sürgün" (The Blue Exile) and made innovative films during this period such as "Yolda" (On the Road), "Vicdan" (Conscience) and "Yük" (Load). For the first time outside Turkey, a European film festival, the 52nd Thessaloniki Film Festival, held a special section honoring Kıral and his films met with a European audience. "Gece" (Night), starring Nurgül Yeşilçay, Mert Fırat, Vildan Atasever and İlyas Salman is the latest film Kıral has directed.

Kayhan Yıldızoğlu acted on stage for years at the Istanbul City Theater after meeting with Muhsin Ertuğrul who is considered the founder of modern Turkish theater. The actor switched to the silver screen in 1966 with "Fathi'in Fedaisi" (Mehmed the Conqueror's Bodyguard) and "Malkoçoğlu" series. Following his cinema debut, he acted alongside with veteran actors Memduh Ün, Ertem Eğilmez, Atıf Yılmaz, Süreyya Duru, Orhan Aksoy, Ertem Göreç and Tunç Başaran. Yıldızoğlu, who took part in over 200 films including cult productions of Turkish cinema, left his mark on Turkish audiences with his roles in "Üç Arkadaş" (Three Friends), "Şöför Nebahat" (Nebahat, the Driver), "Kara Gözlüm" (My Black Eyed Lover) and his role as "Artist Kemal" in Yavuz Turgul's unforgettable film "Eşkiya" (The Bandit).

The Yıldırım Önal Commemoration Award, which has an impressive place in the history of the International Antalya Film Festival, carries the mission of the İsmail Dümbüllü Award in Turkish theater to Turkish cinema via the festival. This year the Yıldırım Önal Commemoration Award will be presented to Tijen Par. Yıldırım Önal won the Golden Orange Award for best supporting actor in 1973 with his role in Yıldırım Önal's "Dinmeyen Sızı" (Everlasting Pain). Due to the financial difficulties he experienced toward the end of his life, he had to pawn his statue of the Golden Orange; however, he passed away before getting it back. After many years, the statue was returned to the Antalya Foundation for Culture and Arts by the son of the pawnshop owner. Starting from 1999, Önal's Golden Orange statue has been presented to an actor for a year's time as a commemoration to the late actor. The award, which was presented to Güldren Ökten last year, will change hands and be given to Tijen Par.

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