Harvey Keitel, Asghar Farhadi Honored at Antalya Film Festival

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Harvey Keitel

The Oscar-nominated actor and director both received lifetime achievement awards at the Turkish festival.

Harvey Keitel and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi were both honored late Sunday at the closing of the 53rd Antalya Film Festival with Golden Orange Lifetime Achievement Awards.

The actor and director, both of whom have garnered Oscar nominations for their work, received their awards in a ceremony broadcast live across Turkey. Farhadi's A Separation and The Past have put him in the international spotlight.

The honors came at the end of the eight-day event during which more than 134 films from 39 countries were screened in both national and international competitions. There also were two special sidebars on the plight of refugees and life after military coups, nods to the influx of refugees from the war in neighboring Syria and Turkey's recently failed coup.

The Golden Orange for best national film went to Blue Bicycle by Umit Koreken. A jury picked Clair Obscur, Turkish director Yesim Ustaoglu's story of two women from very different lifestyles and sexual cultures, as best international film.

Best actor honors in the international section went to Tamer Nafar for his role in Udi Aloni's Junction 48, and Ecem Uzun was named best actress for her part in Clair Obscur.

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