'Amelie' star Audrey Tautou receives Honorary Award at Antalya Film Festival
World-famous French actress Audrey Tautou, best known for her titular role in "Amelie" directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, came together with movie-buffs at the 53rd Antalya Film Festival on Sunday.
In a press conference at EXPO 2016 Antalya's VIP building prior to the opening ceremony, Tautou spoke to reporters in promotion of her latest film "Eternity," which will also be included in the festival's screening program. Tautou, who was granted an Honorary Award for her contributions to world cinema by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Menderes Türel and Food, Agriculture and Livestock Minister Faruk Çelik, said she is pleased and honored to be presented with an award of such prestige.
Noting that "Eternity" is a special film centered around the lives of several people from birth to adulthood, the French actress said it was a difficult film to shoot with almost no dialogue, aside from an ongoing voiceover narrating the story.
Tautou pointed out that she was impressed by EXPO 2016 Antalya, expressing that she loves Istanbul and the kindness of its people and noting that this was her first time visiting Antalya. She said that she follows Turkish cinema and finds it very active and creative, adding that she knows renowned Turkish film Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan and follows his productions, saying: "You have great actors but I cannot pronounce their names."
Responding to a question regarding the refugee crisis, one of the main topics of the festival, Tautou said cinema is an important way for people to learn about new cultures and educate themselves, stressing that the refugee issue is a human tragedy and no one should be insensitive towards it.
When asked about her most demanding role so far, Audrey Tautou said she has given her heart to all the characters she played and that she cannot decide which role was the most challenging. "It may be the next one," she said.
Organized for the 53rd time this year, the International Antalya Film Festival will continue to bring moviegoers together with national and international films until Oct. 23.
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