Frankfurt International Turkish Film Festival features eclectic films

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“Kelebekler” by Tolga Karaçelik will compete in all categories of the festival.
“Kelebekler” by Tolga Karaçelik will compete in all categories of the festival.

The Frankfurt International Turkish Film Festival enables Turkish and German filmmakers to develop projects together and this year's program will feature some of Turkish cinema's best films

The Turkish Film Festival, which aims to contribute to economic and cultural exchange between Turkish and German society through the art of cinema, introduces the best examples of Turkish cinema to a large audience in Germany. The festival will be held for 18th times between Oct. 14 and Oct. 19 this year.

The opening ceremony of the 18th Frankfurt International Turkish Film Festival was held with the participation of the festival's founder and Chairman Hüseyin Sıtkı, TURKSAK Foundation Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fehmi Yaşar, Festival Coordinator Serap Gedik, Jury President Ezel Akay and a large number of press members. The movies that will compete in the "Turkish Film Competition from the Point of View of German Filmmakers" have been selected by the jury president including Turkish director Ezel Akay, producer/director Gani Müjde, producer Şükrü Atasever, actor Hakan Bilgin and film editor Çiçek Kahraman.

According to the jury results, 10 movies, comprising of "Borç" (Debt), "İşe Yarar Birşey" (Something Useful), "Kar" (Snow), "Kaygı" (Anxiety), "Kelebekler" (Butterflies), "Körfez" (Gulf), "Martı" (Seagull), "Ölümlü Dünya" (Mortal World), "Sarı Sıcak" (Yellow Heat) and "Taksim Hold'em," will compete at the festival.

Along with the movies that will compete, five directors will compete in the best director category in Germany. They are Pelin Esmer, the director of "İşe Yarar Birşey," Ali Atay, the director of "Ölümlü Dünya," Tolga Karaçelik, the director of "Kelebekler," Fikret Reyhan, the director of "Sarı Sıcak" and Ceylan Özgün Özçelik, the director of "Kaygı."

Meanwhile, five cinematographers and six scripts will compete for awards as well. Gökhan Tiryaki, Ahmet Bayer, Andaç Sahan, Marton Miklauzic and Rodoslaw Ladczuk are the competing cinematographers. The scripts of "Taksim Hold'em" written by Michael Önder, "İşe Yarar Birşey" written by Pelin Esmer and Barış Bıçakçı, "Kelebekler" written by Tolga Karaçelik, "Martı" written by Erkan Tunç, "Sarı Sıcak" written by Fikret Reyhan and "Borç," written by Vuslat Saraçoğlu will be up for awards in the competition.

Actresses looking to win at the festival include Başak Köklükaya, Tuğçe Altuğ, Hazar Ergüçlü, Algı Eke and İpek Turkan while the competitor actors are Yiğit Özşener, Doğu Demirkol, Tolga Tekin, Bartu Küçükçağlayan and Aytaç Uşun. Furthermore, the festival will give out an award for the best soundtrack. The soundtrack of "Taksim Hold'em" prepared by Micheal Önder, "Ölümlü Dünya" prepared by Murat Çekem, Ozan Tügen and Deniz Doğançay, "Kelebekler" prepared by Ahmet Kenan Bilgiç, and "Körfez" prepared by Ekin Üzeltüzenci will compete.

The Golden Apple Awards of the festival will be handed out for the seventh time this year. The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony after the nominees determined by the Turkish jury are evaluated by a jury of German filmmakers.

FESTIVAL'S HONORARY AWARDS

The winners of the "Lifetime Achievement and Loyalty Awards" at the 18th Frankfurt International Turkish Film Festival will also be announced.

The Lifetime Achievement Honorary Awards this year will be presented to three individuals this year. The award-winning director of Turkish cinema, Erden Kıral, who directed "Kumcu Ali Yaşar" (Sandman Ali Yaşar) (1968), "Kanal" ("Channel") (1978), "Bereketli Topraklar Üzerinde" ("On Fertile Soil") (1980), "Hakkaride bir Mevsim" ("A Season in Hakkari") (1983), "Ayna" ("Mirror") (1984), "Dilan" (1987) and "Av Zamanı" ("Hunting Time") (1988).

As well as to Cezmi Baskın, the actor who won multiple awards for his performance in "Beynelmiel" ("International"), and appeared in many movies such as, "Hükümet Kadın" ("Strong Woman"), "Devrimden Sonra" ("After the Revolution"), "Vizontele," "Beyaz Melek" ("White Angel"), "Güneşi Gördüm (I Saw the Sun), "Neşeli Hayat" ("Fun Life"), "Organize İşler" ("Organized Business), "O da Beni Seviyor" ("She Loves Me Too"), "Düttürü Dünya" ("Skimpy World"), "Kahpe Bizans" ("Fickle Byzantine") and "Gora." The award will also go to Işıl Yücesoy, who graduated from Hacettepe University Ankara State Conservatory's acting department and then started working at the State Theater. The Loyalty Award will be presented to Cem Karakaya on behalf of his father, the theater and cinema actor Feridun Karakaya who was famous for his "Cilalı İbo" character in the 1960s and 1970s and who passed away in 2004.

The 18th Frankfurt International Turkish Film Festival is supported by Filmhaus Frankfurt (Filmhouse Frankfurt), Amt für Kommunikation und Stadtmarketing Frankfurt (Office for Communication and City Marketing Frankfurt), Republic of Turkey Frankfurt Consulate, Culture Attache's Office, Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism, General Directorate of Cinema, Hessisches Ministerium für Wissenschaft und Kunst (Hessian Ministry of Science and Art) with the cooperation of the Turkish Foundation of Cinema and Audiovisual Culture (TURSAK) and Intercultural Transfer Association.

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