Monday, April 21, 2008

White Angel wins two awards at 41st WorldFest

Mahsun Kirmizigul's film "Beyaz Melek" (White Angel) that represented Turkey at the 41st WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival in the U.S., where it was awarded best foreign film and the jury’s special award for the best director.

Starring actors including Yildiz Kenter, Arif Erkin, Erol Gunaydin and Gazanfer Ozcan, the film follows an old man who invites his nursing home friends to experience the kindness his village offers for the elderly.

WorldFest traces its actual beginnings to August 1961, when it began screening foreign & art films as Cinema Arts, an international film society. It became a competitive international film festival seven years later, in April 1968, and has been in continuous operation ever since. It is one of the original three film festivals in North America, with San Francisco and New York as the first two venues. Now there are over 900 USA film festivals of various levels and quality, most being non-competitive screening events! It is perhaps the longest-running film festival in the world operating under the same director.

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