LONDON — Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu scored another festival hit for his acclaimed film “Yumurta” (Egg) on Saturday when the 27th Istanbul International Film Festival awarded it the top prize, the Golden Tulip.
An international jury headed by German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus praised “Egg” for “its poetic and subtle portrayal of a man adrift in a modern world, who, forced by circumstances, returns to his native village to find meaning and the possibility of love.”
“Egg” swept the board last autumn at Turkey’s Antalya Golden Orange film festival, taking top film and five other nods.
The film beat 12 other competing films for the top kudo. German director Dennis Gansel’s “The Wave” got a special jury mention “for the powerful and gripping way in which it shows how our need for purpose and community can be manipulated to disastrous effect.”
National competition winner was “Tatil Kitabi” (Summer Book), a debut by Seyfi Teoman that explores the different perceptions two brothers have of their strained relationship with their father.
Dervis Zaim took best director in the national awards for his “Nokta” (Dot).
Best actor was Serhat Tutumluer for his performance in Umit Unal’s “Ara,” which also won a special jury mention. Best actress was Ayca Damgaci for her performance in “Gitmek: My Marlon and Brando” by Huseyin Karabey.
A new festival award by the Council of Europe for human rights film went to Li Yang’s “Blind Mountain,” about a peasant who fights for her freedom when sold to a village man.
The festival, founded in 1982, screened around 200 films and attracted 170,000 spectators from 45 countries during its April 5-20 run.