Fourteen films to vie for top prize at Altın Koza Film Fest

Fourteen films to vie for top prize at Altın Koza Film Fest

A scene shown from Onur Ünlu’s film “The Extremely Depressing Story of Celal Tan and His Family.”

August 09, 2011, Tuesday/ 16:53:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

Fourteen films are to compete for the crowning glory of the best film award in the national feature competition at this year’s Altın Koza (Golden Boll) International Film festival, the Anatolia news agency reported on Monday.

The festival, held annually by the Greater Adana Municipality in the southern city of Adana, will mark its 18th edition from Sept. 17-25. According to a written statement by Adana Mayor Zihni Aldırmaz, the films to be included in the national feature competition are Serkan Acar’s “Aşk ve Devrim” (Love and Revolution), Ali Özgentürk’s “Beni Sev” (Love Me), Onur Ünlü’s “Celal Tan ve Ailesinin Aşırı Acıklı Hikayesi” (The Extremely Depressing Story of Celal Tan and His Family), Cemil Ağacıkoğlı’s “Eylül” (September), Özcan Alper’s “Gelecek Uzun Sürer” (Future Lasts Forever), Erdoğan Kar’s “Kadife/Büyük Ana” (Velvet/Grand Mother), Tolga Örnek’s “Kaybedenler Kulübü” (Losers’ Club), Caner Erzincan’s “Mar,” İsa Yıldız and Murat Onbul’s “Memleket Meselesi”(Matter of State), Haluk Ünal’s “Saklı Hayatlar” (Hidden Lives), Ruhi Karadağ’s “Simurg,” Burak Cem Arlıel’s “Türk Pasaportu” (Turkish Passport), Mustafa Nuri’s “Vücut” (Body) and Muzaffer Özdemir’s “Yurt” (Country).

The winner of the prestigious prize will be announced at the festival award ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 24. Previously offering a substantial cash prize of TL 250,000, the prize has this year been raised to TL 350,000. Other awards include the Yılmaz Güney Award -- named after the legendary actor-filmmaker from Adana -- which will come with a cash award of TL 75,000 starting this year, and the Adana Audience Award, which will carry a monetary prize of TL 50,000. The prize for best director will be decided by the competition jury and will earn its winner TL 75,000, Anatolia said.

With the total amount of prize money to be awarded totting up to a dizzying TL 936,000, cash prizes will this year be awarded to the winners of the acting, art direction and editing categories for the first time in the festival’s history. For more information, visit

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