January 09, 2012

Nuri Bilge Ceylan to Head International Jury at Istanbul Film Festival

Turkish auteur Nuri Bilge Ceylan will lead the jury for the “international feature” competition at this year’s Istanbul Film Festival, the organizers of the long-running event announced on Monday.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (IKSV) also said in a written statement issued on Monday that the jury for the “national feature” competition will be chaired by the renowned author and poet Murathan Mungan.

Ceylan’s most recent film, the Cannes Grand Prix-winning “Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da” (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia), is Turkey’s bid in this year’s foreign language Oscar race. Famous for his trademark slow-paced dramas that feature limited dialogue, the photographer, filmmaker and scriptwriter has created six critically acclaimed feature films since his debut with “Kasaba” (The Small Town) in 1997, most of which returned home with awards from high profile international film festivals, including Cannes and Berlin.

Along with the other jury members, Ceylan will select the winner of the Golden Tulip Award for Best Film, which comes with a cash prize of 25,000 euros.

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