Turkish titles win top prizes at Germany’s Nuremberg film fest

March 12, 2012, Monday/ 17:07:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Turkish filmmaker Reis Çelik’s newest effort, “Lal Gece” (Night of Silence), won three awards at this year’s Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival, which wrapped up its 17th edition in the German city over the weekend, Turkish news agencies reported Sunday.

“Lal Gece,” starring veteran screen actor İlyas Salman opposite promising newcomer Dilan Aksüt, takes a cinematic approach to the tragedy of child brides through the story of a 14-year-old girl who is forced to marry an old man.

It shared the Nuremberg festival’s Best Film award with “Barbara,” German filmmaker Christian Pretzold’s newest feature, which won the Silver Bear for best director in last month’s Berlin Film Festival, the Anatolia news agency reported.

“Lal Gece’s” leading cast members Salman and Aksüt also took home the best actor and best actress awards, respectively, Anatolia said.

The winning titles were among the eight films vying for awards in this year’s Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival. Another winner was “Zenne” (Zenne Dancer), directors Caner Alper and Mehmet Binay’s story of a young homosexual man who is murdered after coming out to his parents, which won the Mahmut Tali Öngören Prize, recognizing references to themes of democracy and human rights in film. “Kaddisch für einen Freund” (Kaddish for a Friend), Moscow-born German director Leo Khasin’s debut feature, won the audience award.

“Lal Gece,” the fifth directorial effort by Çelik, also won the Crystal Bear for Best Film at last month’s Berlin Film Festival where it had its world premiere as part of the Generation 14plus competition program.

The 17th Nuremberg Turkish-German Film Festival ran from March 1-11 and was attended by around 10,000 moviegoers.

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