'Heaven,' 'Egg' take Golden Orange nods


ANTALYA, Turkey -- Turkish-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 as well as 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.

"Egg" and "Heaven" were the clear favorites from the beginning of the festival.

No documentary award was given by the jury, which stated that this year's crop simply didn't have a worthy film among it.

Some critics and guests clearly disagreed, pointing out that some of the best docus this year, including Cayan Demirel's "38," had very strong political themes and might have fallen out of favor because of that.

The Golden Orange Film Festival awards are considered Turkey's top film honors.

Awards for the third International Eurasia Film Festival were given to "The Band's Visit" (Bikur Ha-tizmoret) by Eran Kolirin. The drama was Israel's Oscar choice for the best foreign-language category but was disqualified because it has too much English-language dialogue.

Best director went to Abdellatatif Kechiche for "The Secret of the Grain" (La Graine et le Mulet), while the critics' award was given to "Under the Bombs" (Sous les Bombes).

This year's international jury included director John Landis, actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, Russian composer Andrei Single, Chinese actress Hailu Qin and Turkish actress Lale Mansur.