'Heaven,' 'Egg' top Orange fest
EmptyTurkish-German director Fatih Akin's "The Edge of Heaven" and Semih Kaplanoglu's "Egg" cleaned up at the Golden Orange Film Festival awards, with Kaplanoglu's film getting six statues to Akin's five.
During the awards ceremony Sunday in this Turkish seaside town's Glass Pyramid concert hall, the dark drama "Egg" (Yumurta) — about a poet who visits his childhood home after his mother's death — was named best film and scored wins for its script, cinematography, art direction and costume design. It also earned a special award from TV network Digiturk for best newcomer.
German Oscar candidate "Heaven" won best director for Akin, supporting actor for Tuncel Kurtiz, supporting actress for Nursel Kose, an editing nod for Andrew Bird and the Avni Tolunay Yurici Kargo Jury Special Recognition award.
Top acting honors went to the literary adaptation "Bliss" (Mutluluk) for Murat Han and Ozgu Namal. The drama helmed by Abdullah Oguz also snagged prizes for best music and sound design.
No documentary award was given by the jury, which stated that this year's crop simply didn't have a worthy film among it, though some critics felt that many of the best docu's strong political themes played a role in the decision.
Awards for the third International Eurasia Film Festival were given to "The Band's Visit" by Eran Kolirin. Best director went to Abdellatatif Kechiche for "The Secret of the Grain," while the critics' award was given to "Under the Bombs."