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Celebrations, reminiscences, promises and '30 Years in Film'

A year to remember, and years past: 30 film-like years, 30 years in film... In 2011 the Istanbul Film Festival celebrated its 30th edition marked by joy, pride, reminiscences, old colleagues, brilliantly record-breaking 231 films presented in 531 screenings at 7 movie theatres, 7 master classes and roundtables for professionals. An audience of 150,000 charmingly underlined how deep-rooted our festival was.

Just as the director of the festival, Azize Tan, states in the commemorative 30th year book, "in Turkey, where institutions are notoriously fragile and ephemeral, it’s astonishing in itself that a festival should survive and flourish for 30 years.” Established in 1982 as a small section of the all-encompassing Istanbul Festival, and previously named as Istanbul Cinema Days, the Istanbul Film Festival served as a pioneer, a cinematheque, an arthouse theatre, and finally a “film school” —not a conventional one, but a school that one way or the other “brought up” a generation of filmmakers in Turkey. And as a celebration, the festival published a special book, 30: 20 Directors from 30 Years of the Istanbul Film Festival, featuring articles from and about 20 directors from Turkey, who “allude frequently in one form or other to have ‘grown up with the festival.” A thematic section curated by these directors was also included in the programme of the 2011 festival.

The 30th anniversary of the festival was indelibly marked by another anniversary celebration: A concert by the British rock band Tindersticks honouring their collaboration of 15 years with French director Claire Denis. The world premiere of this ambitious project was realised in Istanbul, and Denis was the jury president of the International Golden Tulip Competition of the Festival.

The 2011 festival opened with Marc Fitoussi’s Copacabana, and was concluded with the screening of Susanne Bier’s In A Better World. The opening gala was an unprecedented ceremony that looked at the festival in retrospect with actors, former managers, directors, friends telling its 30-year story.

Unfortunately, to our dismay, our central movie theatre, the unofficial festival palace, Emek remained closed for its second year. One of the oldest standing and active movie theatres in Istanbul, Emek had been a festival venue since more than twenty years, however was shut down mid-2009 indefinitely. Elegant as it is historic, Emek is a landmark in Istanbul, being threatened to be rebuilt as a shopping mall.

The inspiring boom in Turkish cinema signalled a few years ago was manifested strongly this year too: 48 new productions from Turkey under the titles National Competition, New Turkish Cinema and Documentaries.
We hosted about 300 guests, among them film professionals, actors and filmmakers, including the legendary Béla Tarr, who received the Honorary Cinema Award of the festival, directors Claude Lanzmann, Leos Carax, Sabina Guzzanti, Judith Collell, Ahmed Abdalla, Milcho Manchevski, actor Luke Evans and actress Miranda Richardson, among many others.

Béla Tarr, Claude Lanzmann, Leos Carax, Miranda Richardson, each attended film discussions. Two panel discussions titled “Untitled (Film)” –in parallel with the 12th Istanbul Biennial– and “Istanbul Istanbul” took place within the framework of the festival.

The 31st edition of the Istanbul Film Festival will take place 30 March-14 April 2012. With the know-how of 30 years, a young team, and support of its devoted audience, envisages a bright new future, and hopefully many editions to come...

2-17 April 2011

The Awards Ceremony and the Closing Gala of the 30th edition of the Istanbul Film Festival was held on Saturday, April 16, at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre. The awards are as follows:

The International Jury of the 30th International Istanbul Film Festival presided over by writer-director Claire Denis, and composed of actress Annna Bonaiuto, Toronto Film Festival Director and CEO Piers Handling, writer Perihan Mağden, director Jacob Tierney, and former director and co-founder of the Istanbul Film Festival, Hülya Uçansu has decided to give the:

• Golden Tulip in memory of Şakir Eczacıbaşı to MICROPHONE directed by Ahmad Abdalla;

• Special Jury Prize ex-aequo to BIZIM BÜYÜK ÇARESIZLIĞIMIZ / OUR GRAND DESPAIR by Seyfi Teoman and LA VIDA UTIL / USEFUL LIFE by Federico Veiroj.

The Eczacıbaşı Group will distribute a total monetary award of 25,000 € as follows:
– The director of the film which wins the Şakir Eczacıbaşı Golden Tulip Award will receive 10,000 Euros;
– The Turkish distributor of the winning film will receive 10,000 Euros;
– The directors of the films which won the Special Jury Award will receive 5,000 Euros.

The National Jury of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival presided over by director Reha Erdem, and composed of actress Tülin Özen, author and film critic Fatih Özgüven, artistic director of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival Karel Och, and film critic Jay Weissberg, has decided to give:

• the Golden Tulip Best Film Award to SAÇ / HAIR directed by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu “for the way it uses all the cinematic elements in the service of artistic completeness”;

• the Best Director Award to Tayfun Pirselimoğlu for his film SAÇ / HAIR.

A monetary prize of 150,000 TL bestowed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism will be presented to the producer of the Best Film. This award is given to a single film, and will not be shared. 50,000 TL will be awarded to the “Best Director” Award –bestowed by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

• the Special Prize of the Jury to PRESS by Sedat Yılmaz “for treating its subject with daring and humour”.

The winner of the Special Prize of the Jury will be given a 30.000 TL monetary award.

• the Best Actress Award to NAZAN KESAL for her performance in Saç / Hair;
• the Best Actor Award to AHMET MEKİN for his performance in Görünmeyen / Unseen.

The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey gave a monetary prize of 10,000 TL to each of the above-mentioned winners.

• the Best Screenplay Award to BELMA BAŞ for her screenplay for Zefir / Zephyr;
• the Best Director of Photography Award to BIRGIT GUDJONSDOTTIR for her work in Bizim Büyük Çaresizliğimiz / Our Grand Despair;
• the Best Music Award to AHMET KENAN BİLGİÇ for his work for Atlıkarınca / Merry-Go-Round.

The FACE Award (Council of Europe Film Award) is presented to the director of a film that arises public awareness and interest in human rights issues. The award includes a sculpture in bronze and a cash prize of Euro 10,000. It is awarded as part of the Human Rights in Cinema section of the festival. The Human Rights Jury of the 30th International Istanbul Film Festival is composed of director Scandar Copti, winner of last year’s FACE Award with Ajami, former Turkish representative at Eurimages and former vice president of EUREKA Audiovisual, Faruk Günaltay, Executive Director of Eurimages, the European Film Fund Roberto Olla, and director of co-operation in the Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe, Marja Ruotanen decided to give:

• the FACE AWARD to AS IF I’M NOT THERE by Juanita Wilson (Ireland-Macedonia-Sweden) for “depicting with great tact, decency and sensitivity the suffering of a woman victim of rape during the war in Bosnia. At the deepest of tragedy, the film leaves an open window on hope and recalls that women are the future of mankind.”

• the Special Jury Prize to PRESS by Sedat Yılmaz (Turkey) for “its message upholding freedom of expression and freedom of information, which constitute the very basis of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.”

The FIPRESCI Jury of the 30th Istanbul Film Festival presided over by Philip Cheah and composed of Murat Erşahin, Nil Kural, Frederic Ponsard, Alissa Simon, and Suncica Unevska gave:

• The FIPRESCI Prize in the International Competition to NORUWEI NO MORI / NORWEGIAN WOOD by Tran Anh Hung (Japan) for “succeeding in adapting Haruki Murakami's novel without betraying the inner worlds between the three main characters, bringing a cinematographic dimension which is both aesthetic and emotive;”

• The FIPRESCI Prize in the National Competition, in memory of Onat Kutlar, to PRESS by Sedat Yılmaz, because “freedom of press is an important issue for the world and especially for Turkey, and the film shows us in a sincere way that the truth is bulletproof.”

As in the previous years, Efes has given a prize of US$ 30,000 to the winner of the FIPRESCI Prize in the National Competition, Sedat Yılmaz, to be used for their next film project.

People’s Choice Awards sponsored by the Radikal Newspaper and determined by the votes of the Festival audience, are given to:

BİZİM BÜYÜK ÇARESİZLİĞİMİZ / OUR GRAND DESPAIR by Seyfi Teoman in the International Competition, and

ATLIKARINCA / MERRY-GO-ROUND by İlksen Başarır in the National Competition.