Alper and Ceylan lead SİYAD awards
Two much talked about Turkish films of last year, one by newcomer Özcan Alper and another by auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan, grabbed four awards each at Sunday’s annual Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD) Awards.
Alper’s “Sonbahar” (Autumn) won the best picture honor in the 41st SİYAD Awards, handed out Sunday evening at a gala ceremony at the Cemal Reşit Rey (CRR) Concert Hall in İstanbul’s Harbiye.
Writer-director Alper also won the best screenplay award for “Sonbahar,” which brought the best actor award to its leading actor, Onur Saylak, for his role as a political prisoner who returns to his hometown in the Black Sea region after being released on medical grounds 10 years after imprisonment. The film also earned the best cinematography award for Feza Çaldıran.
The four honors Ceylan’s internationally recognized “Üç Maymun” (Three Monkeys) collected at the SİYAD gala Sunday night included yet another best director prize -- after the Cannes film festival nod in 2008 -- for Ceylan and the best editing prize. Its leading actress, Hatice Aslan, earned the best actress award for her performance as the deceitful wife of the title character who goes to prison to cover for his boss, and Ahmet Rıfat Şungar won the best supporting actor prize for his portrayal of the couple’s son.
Among other SİYAD honors, handed out in 13 categories in total, the best supporting actress award went to Tülin Özen for her role in “Vicdan” (Conscience), directed by Erden Kıral; the best music award went to rocker Demir Demirkan for his soundtrack for documentary filmmaker Tolga Örnek’s debut fictional feature “Devrim Arabaları” (Devrim Automobiles); and the 2007 drama “There Will Be Blood” by Paul Thomas Anderson was named best foreign film.
24 February 2009, Tuesday
TODAY’S ZAMAN İSTANBUL