Clara Roquet’s ‘Libertad’ wins the competition at the Antalya Festival
Catalan director The teenage friendship drama “Libertad” by Clara Roquet and the social drama “Brother’s Keeper” by Ferit Karahan, about Kurdish children living in fear in a Turkish boarding school, respectively won the award for best film in international competitions and national awards for the 58th Orange Gold Film from Antalya, Turkey. Festival which ended on Saturday.
âLibertadâ, a first feature film centered on a bond that forms during a summer on the Spanish Costa Brava between two young women from opposite sides of the track, was a recent star of the Cannes Critics’ Week which has toured the festival. Pic will soon move from Antalya to the Rome Film Festival.
“Brother’s Keeper” is based on director Karahan’s own experience and follows two friends, Yusef and Memo, to a remote boarding school for Kurdish boys in the mountains of eastern Anatolia. When Memo mysteriously falls ill, Yusuf, who tries to help his friend, is forced to overcome bureaucratic hurdles put in place by law enforcement authorities at the school.
âKeeperâ, which had its Turkish premiere in Antalya, was launched earlier this year from the Panorama section of Berlin, where it won the section’s Fipresci Prize. As well as scoring Best Picture, it also won awards for Best Screenplay and Best Editing in Antalya.
The other flagship title of the Turkish competition was “Kerr”, the latest drama from minimalist filmmaker Tayfun PirselimoÄlu in which a man named Can is caught in a downward spiral after witnessing a murder in a small town where he arrived. to attend his father’s funeral.
“Kerr” won the award for the best director section and also for his music, plus a nod from the association of Turkish directors.
In international competition, Costa Rican director Paz Fabrega won the Best Director award for “Aurora”, her drama about female comradery caused by unwanted pregnancy which debuted in Rotterdam. Switzerland’s Claudia Grob won the Best Actress award for her role in “The Fam”, which takes place in a retirement home for teenage girls in Geneva. And the award for best actor went to Finnish Petri Poikolainen for playing the blind wheelchair protagonist in Teemu Nikki’s “The blind man who didn’t want to see the Titanic.”
The event, which is Turkey’s oldest film festival and the country’s first catalyst for local cinema, is co-directed by the chef Ahmet BoyacÄ±oÄlu and artistic director BaÅak Emre and organized by the Municipality of Antalya with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey.
INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Best film: “Libertad”, dir. Clara Roquet
Best Director: Paz Fabrega (âAuroraâ)
Best Actress: Claudia Grob (“The Fam”)
Best Actor: Petri Poikolainen (“The blind man who didn’t want to see the Titanic”)
NATIONAL FEATURE FILM COMPETITION
Best film: âBrother’s Keeperâ, dir. Ferit Karahan
Special Jury Prize Dr. Avni Tolunay: âEntre deux aubesâ, dir. Selman nacar
BehlÃ¼l Dal Award for Best First Film: âAnatolian Leopardâ, Emre KayiÅ
Best Director: Tayfun PirselimoÄlu (âKerrâ)
Cahide Sonku Prize: Ezgi Baltas, Feride Cicecoglu
Best Screenplay: Ferit Karahanm Gulistan Acet (âThe Brother’s Keeperâ)
Best Actress: Nihal YalÃ§Ä±n (“Zuhal”)
Best Actor: Tarhan KaragÃ¶z (“La Cage”)
Best Cinematography: ÃzgÃ¼r Eken (âCommitment Hasanâ)
Best Music: Nikos Kyourgos (“Kerr”)
Best Editing: Serkan Sezgin, Ferit Kaarahan, Hayedeh Safiyari (âThe Brother’s Keeperâ)
Best Artistic Director: Billur Turan (âAnatolian Leopardâ)
Best Supporting Actress: Nezaket Erden (âBetween Two Dawnâ), Ãzay Hecht (âThe Cageâ)
Best Supporting Actor: Erdem Åenocak (âBetween Two Dreamsâ)
Best Film Award from the Association of Turkish Film Critics: “Pure White”, dir. Necip ÃaÄhan Izdemir
Best Director Award from the Association of Film Directors: Tayfun PirselimoÄlu, (âKerrâ)
NATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM COMPETITION
Best film: âAll-Inâ, dir. Volkan Ãce Special
Jury Prize: âWaiting for a grain of sandâ, dir. AslÄ± AkdaÄ
NATIONAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Best film: âI’ll Leave You Two Aloneâ, dir. Elif RefiÄ Special
Jury Prize: “The second night”, dir. Ali Tansu Turhan