Meier’s ‘Home,’ Damla Sönmez win top prizes at Flying Broom festival

May 15, 2010, Saturday/ 15:18:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
“Home,” Swiss filmmaker Ursula Meier’s critically acclaimed 2008 fictional feature debut, on Thursday won the top prize in this year’s Uçan Süpürge (Flying Broom) International Women’s Film Festival, which wrapped up its 13th edition with an awards ceremony in Ankara.“Home,” Switzerland’s official entry in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race at this year’s Academy Awards, was named the winner of the prestigious International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Prize at Flying Broom, the only women’s film festival in the world that gives out a FIPRESCI honor.

Starring Isabelle Huppert in its leading role, “Home” follows the story of a family whose peaceful lives are threatened when a busy highway opens right next to their isolated property. The film’s “unforeseeable script, its unsettling atmosphere … and ability to keep the [viewers’] curiosity alive,” as well as its success in “making the viewers experience the gradually escalating psychological distress … via a skilled sound and setting” design, made “Home” worthy of the prize, said the three-member FIPRESCI jury, formed by Ceylan Özçelik of Turkey, Dominique Martinez of France and Kirsten Liese of Germany.

Newcomer Damla Sönmez, who won over festival-goers and critics at last year’s Altın Portakal (Golden Orange) International Film Festival with her role in İnan Temelkuran’s youth drama “Bornova Bornova,” received the Young Witch award in Thursday’s ceremony, held at the Kızılırmak Theater. Sönmez was among the 36 actresses nominated for the prize.

Flying Broom screened around 100 films by women filmmakers from 28 countries in its 13th edition, which ran from May 6-13.

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