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Cannes doubles up on Turkish helmer

First time a director in with two pics

PARIS — For the first time in Cannes Film Festival history, two features by one director have been selected and will screen in festival sidebar, Un Certain Regard.

Fest organizers added “Yazgy” (Fate), a film by Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz to the lineup, which already included his “Itiraf” (Confession), after both films won Fipresci awards at the Istanbul Film Festival April 28. Demirkubuz also copped the Istanbul fest’s director of the year award in the Turkish section.

“Demirkubuz was thrilled,” Sera Films head of sales Arzu Bolukbasi told Daily Variety. “He loved (“Fate”), which is part of a trilogy.” Sera will sell international rights to the films at Cannes, and the two pics will screen May 24.

The 35-year-old helmer shot “Fate,” which was inspired by Albert Camus’s “The Stranger,” and “Confession,” a tale of marital infidelity, back to back. The third flick in the trilogy will be adapted from “Crime and Punishment.”

In 1986, Jane Campion’s feature “Two Friends” screened in Un Certain Regard along with three of her shorts.