Turkish film director/screenwriter Yusuf Kurçenli and legendary screen and stage comedians Zeki Alasya and Metin Akpınar are among the recipients of the special honors of this year’s İstanbul International Film Festival, news agencies reported on Tuesday.
The festival, organized annually by the İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), will mark its 30th year in April. The recipients of the special honors, also including veteran director of photography Ertunç Şenkay, will receive their awards during the festival’s April 1 opening gala at the Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Center, the Anatolia news agency reported.
Kurçenli, who started his career as a screenwriter and director during the 1970s, is best known for his award-winning 1994 drama “Çözülmeler” (Disintegrations), starring Tarık Akan, Savaş Dinçel and Nurseli İdiz. Alasya and Akpınar are best known for their work as a duo both on the theater stage and on the big screen, particularly with the 1970s and ‘80s popular cabaret theater, Devekuşu Kabare. Şenkay, a noted director of photography since the mid-’70s, has worked with such directors as Halit Refiğ, Zeki Ökten, Sinan Çetin, Nesli Çölgeçen, Zeki Demirkubuz and Derviş Zaim, among others.