Saturday, October 10, 2009

Hamburg Award for Min Dit

The young talents award Die Elfe (lit: the elf) is donated by Neue Sentimental Film Hamburg GmbH (NSF), and is endowed with 5,000 euros. The prize goes to “Before my Eyes” (WT) or “Min Dit – The Children Of Diyarbakir” by the German-Kurdish director Miraz Bezar, who previously won the “Gaztea Youth Award” in San Sebastian. The winner was decided on by a jury of three, consisting of Sigrid Berenberg, first Chairwoman of Kultwerk West, actress Imogen Kogge and director Kai Wessel. The jury’s verdict on the first film from Turkey to be shot in the Kurdish language praises the director “Bezar, who tears open this story, in all its colourfulness, bleakness, horror, but also full of humour and vitality, with grandiose encounters and coincidences that gently jostle the story along,” and valued the film as being “astounding and absolutely electrifying”.

Director: Miraz Bezar

Screenplay: Miraz Bezar

Cast: Senay Orak, Muhammet Al, Hakan Karsak, Berîvan Ayaz

Producer: Miraz Bezar, Klaus Maeck, Fatih Akin

Orig. Titel: Min Dit
Section: Agenda 09
Original language: Kurdish/Turkish
Filmtype: Fiction Feature
Music: Mustafa Mesrop Biber
DoP: Isabelle Casez
Set Designer: Pinar Soydinç
Editor: Miraz Bezar
Format: 35 mm

World Sales: The Match Factory GmbH, Balthasarstrasse 79-81, 50670 Köln, Germany, Tel: +49 221 539 709-0, Fax: +49 221 539 70910, email:,
Production Company: Bezar Film & Corazón International corazón international GmbH & Co KG Ditmar-Koel-Str. 26 20459 Hamburg

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