2013 IIFF - The Winners
Posted on Thursday April 18, 2013, 09:56 by Simon Braund in Under The Radar
The 32nd International Istanbul Film Festival drew to it conclusion Sunday night with a closing gala and awards presentation at the city’s distinguished Cemel Resit Rey Concert Hall. A capacity 1000-strong crowd were treated to an endearingly non-ritzy production (dress code seemed to be less black tie than dress-down Friday) at which shouty, placard-brandishing outbursts protesting the demolition of Istanbul’s historic Emek movie theater were not met with violent repression (see last report) but positively encouraged. “Now I’ve seen how you defend the things you believe in,” quipped International Jury President Peter Weir, “I’m not surprised we lost at Gallipoli.” Weir was then presented with the IIFF’s Honorary Award by festival director Azize Tan (note to other eminent filmmakers looking to swell the contents of their trophy cabinets: do mention The War.)
Reflecting the extremely high standard and sheer wealth of quality films on offer at this year’s IIFF, other awards were presented as follows:
The Golden Tulip Award (given in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı, leading light of the Istanbul Foundation For Culture And Arts who died in 2010) in the International Competition went to What Richard Did, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
Special Jury Prize in the Golden Tulip International Competition was given to Bruno Dumont’s Camille Claudel 1915, a superb biopic of the French sculptor starring Juliette Binoche.
The National Golden Tulip Award went to Onur Ünlü’s Thou Gild’st The Even (Empire’s top pick for Tulip glory!)
The Golden Tulip Best Director Award went to Aslı Özge for her brilliant, harrowing relationship drama Lifelong.
The Jury Special Prize (presented in honour of Turkish poet and IIFF founder Onat Kutlar) went to Dervis Zaim’s The Cycle.
The Golden Tulip Best Actress Award was given to Sema Poyraz for her performance in Forgive Me.
The Golden Tulip Best Actor Award went to Ercan Kesal for Yozgat Blues.
The Golden Tulip Best Screenplay Award was presented to Onur Ünlü for Thou Gild’st The Even.
The Golden Tulip Best Director of Photography Award was won by Emre Erkmen for Lifelong (well deserved, too).
The Golden Tulip Best Music Award was given to Murat Başaran for his work on Cold.
The Golden Tulip Best Editing Award went to Emre Boyraz for Thou Gild’st The Even.
Swyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Award - Nobody’s Home, dir. Deniz Akçay Katıksız (2013 was the first year this award was presented in memory of leading Turkish filmmaker Seyfi Teoman, who died tragically in a motorcycle accident in May last year at the age of 35)
Film Award Of The Council Of Europe (FACE) - Patience Stone, dir. Atiq Rahimi (This award is presented to films that bring public attention to human rights issues).
Special Mention, Human Rights in Cinema Competition - An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker, dir. Danis Tanović
FIPRESCI Awards - Thou Gild’st The Even, dir. Onur Ünlü; Camillie Claudel 1915, dir. Bruno Dumont
Radikal Newspaper People’s Choice Awards - House With A Turret, dir. Eva Neyman (International Competition)
Nobody’s Home, dir. Deniz Akcay (National Competition)
Cineuropa.org Award - The Attack, dir. Ziad Doueiri
Closing night was rounded off in fine style by a terrific party at Istanbul’s plush, boutiquey Sofa Hotel, thrown by Turkish brewing company Efes, one of the Festival’s key sponsors. (Nice touches: retro disco soundtrack and free-standing fridges stuffed with cold beer). A great festival all round, loudly proclaiming a commitment to film as an art form and the profusion of filmmaking talent in Turkey and the Middle East. The hope is that their work receives the audience it deserves beyond the immediate region and the festival circuit. Otherwise, if you ever do find yourself passing Istanbul’s Semaver Kumpanya arts theater and Thou Gild’st The Even is showing, pop in, it’s a hoot. Which leaves just one more thing to say - ‘Emek bizimdir! (Emek is ours!)’