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Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Turkish director wins Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize


Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan picked up the prestigious Cannes Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize for his most recent work, “Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da” (Once Upon a Time in Anatolia).

Whiles Ceylan is no stranger to winning awards at the Cannes Film Festival, he was as humble as ever saying ‘“Thank you for selecting my long and difficult movie one more time,” adding that he did not expect to win the prize.

Ceylan’s first short film, “Koza” (Cocoon), was screened in the 1995 Cannes Film Festival; his third feature, “Uzak” (Distant), received many awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at Cannes in 2003. Again in 2006, his film “İklimler” (Climates), won the FIPRESCI Movie Critics’ Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, while the filmmaker also picked up Cannes’ best director award at the 2008 edition for “Üç Maymun” (Three Monkeys).

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