26-09-2010

FNE at Adana Golden Boll FF 2010: Glory of young Turkish cinema

By Alin Tasciyan

The 17th Adana Golden Boll Film Festival (20-26 September) put on display the glorious talent of today's young Turkish cinema. The Golden Boll for Best Film went to this year's Golden Bear winner "Honey" by Semih Kaplanoğlu who is one of the leading directors of the young generation.

{mosimage}The Golden Boll for Best Director was given ex-aequo to the debutants Selim Demirdelen for "Crossroads" and Levent Semerci for "Breath". Young filmmakers and actors were crowned in almost in every category. Even Theo Angelopoulos dedicated his Life Time Honourary Award to the young Turkish cinema at the closing ceremony.

This light shone also over the short and documentary filmmakers. 148 of the 211 films screened at the festival were shorts and documentaries made by young directors and students from Turkey and Mediterranean countries. The creativity, skill, passion and the socially engaged attitude of the young generation was praised by all the jury members, film critics and participants of the festival.

The retrospective side of the festival competed with its prospective side. The highlights of the program consisted of the first selection among the FIPRESCI award winners, "Critics don't miss it" and "Palestine: Longing for peace" . The tributes were made to the Greek master Theo Angelopoulos, to Reha Erdem, the prominent young Turkish director whose latest film "Kozmos" was screened in Panorama / Berlinale this year and to Mujde Ar, the iconic actress who changed the traditional passive female figure in Yesilcam into real female characters who freely express sexuality.

Golden Boll by the numbers

Admittance to films is free in Adana, therefore the number of admissions is not counted, but the festival was well attended, and included 672 guests.

211 films were screened in six days at five theatres. 148 of them were shorts and documentaries, 63 of them were features. There were 101 Turkish productions and 110 international productions.

14 events held during the festival included a panel discussion of five Palestinian filmmakers focusing on their unique experiences and a Q&A with Angelopoulos.

2 exhibitons, a workshop and a colloquy were among other events. 3 books about the Life Time Honourary Award were published.

NATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION AWARDS

Best Film: Honey / Bal by Semih Kaplanoğlu

Yılmaz Güney Special Prize: Denizden Gelen / Brought by the Sea by Nesli Colgecen

Jüri Special Award: Bora Altaş for his performance in Honey / Bal

Public Prize: Nefes / Breath by Levent Semerci

Best Director ex - aequo: Selim Demirdelen for Kavsak / Crossroads and Levent Semerci for Nefes / Breath

Best Cinematography: Emre Erkmen for Kıskanmak / Jealousy

Best Screenplay: Onur Unlu for Bes Sehir / Five Cities

Best Music: Selim Demirdelen for Kavsak / Crossroads

Best Actress ex aequo: Nergis Ozturk for Kıskanmak and Sezin Akbasogullari for Kavsak / Crossroads

Best Actor: Tansu Bicer for Bes Sehir / Five Cities

BEST SHORT FILMS AWARDS

*BEST SHORT FICTION FILM AWARD
RITA
Director: Fabio Grassadonia ve Antonio Piazza ( Italy )

* BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD
FOUR WALLS ONE WINDOW/ DORT DUVAR BIR PENCERE
Director: Hazal Bayar ( Turkey)

* BEST SHORT ANIMATION FILM AWARD
THE MAN WHO SLEPT
Director: Ines Sedan ( France)

* BEST SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILM AWARD
FORMAT
Director: Darko Bakliza ( Croatia )

SH0RT FILM JURY SPECIAL AWARDS

* SHORT FICTION FILM JURY SPECIAL AWARD
LEFT RIGHT
Director: Argiris Germaidis ve Stavros Raptis ( Greece )

* SHORT FICTION FILM MENTION AWARD
SILENCE / SESSİZLİK
Director: Aziz Capkurt

* SHORT DOCUMENTARY FILM JURY SPECIAL AWARD
TERRITORIES /
Director: Monica Baptista ( Portugal -Russia)

* SHORT ANIMATION FILM JURY SPECIAL AWARD
VIDEO GAME
Director: Donato Sansone ( Italy)

* SHORT EXPERIMENTAL FILM JURY SPECIAL AWARD

FROM THE WOODS
Director: Roman Ljubimov Dacko ( Spain )