Veteran Turkish screen actor Şener Şen, acclaimed for his roles in the comedies of the 1970s and ’80s, and more recently for the title roles he played in such dramas as “Eşkıya” (The Bandit) and “Gönül Yarası” (Lovelorn), will be honored with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nov. 4 opening gala, which will be held at the Empire theater at Leicester Square.
The winner of the festival’s Golden Wings Digiturk Digital Distribution Award, which offers a digital distribution contract for release in the UK and Ireland, launched last year, will also be announced during the gala. This year’s contenders for the 30,000-pound prize are “Bal” (Honey), the Golden Bear-winning drama directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu; “Kosmos,” which tells of a small-time thief who works miracles, directed by Reha Erdem; “Kavşak” (The Crossing), the Selim Demirdelen-directed drama which premiered in the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival; first-time director Seren Yüce’s Altın Portakal champion “Çoğunluk” (The Majority); and Irmak’s previous directorial effort, “Karanlıktakiler” (In Darkness).
The festival’s opening night will conclude with the world premiere of Irmak’s new film, billed by its producers as “a good-humored film that recounts a fairy tale for the waking hour.”
Apart from feature films, the festival will also feature a comprehensive selection of recent short films and documentaries by Turkish directors. For more information, visit the festival’s website, www.ltff.org.uk.