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3. happy mudzejci 1The “Manaki Brothers” festival is one of the most eminent festivals on a world level and it is a great joy for me to have the “Golden Manaki” award granted to me – emphasized the director Kaan Mujdeci last night after receiving the award in the “Cineplexx” cinema hall in Skopje.
Mujdeci won the award for his film “Sivas” which was part of the “SEE Camera” program of the 36th festival edition and which the audience in Skopje was able to see yesterday. “Sivas” is Turkey’s candidate for the “Oscar” award for best foreign film and won the Special award from the jury in Venice last year.
-I noticed that there are many varieties, faiths, cultures in Skopje, living in one place and in harmony. I am very glad about that and I wish you live the same way 3. happy mudzejci 2forcenturies to come. I dedicate the award exactly to the harmony and the varieties of this city. The ladies are dominant in the audience tonight and I am particularly afraid of that. I apologize that there are only a few female roles and that there are vulgar words. I want to thank the “Yunus Emre” Cultural Center, which represents us on a global level and I thank them for their hospitality – said the Turkish director.
The event was organized by the Turkish Cultural Center “Yunus Emre” – Skopje and the International Cinematographers’ Film Festival “Manaki Brothers” – Bitola. The award was granted by the festival’s Art director, Blagoja Kunovski.
-I saw “Sivas” at the Venice film festival last year and it entered my wider list of films for this year, but having it as part of the SEE Camera program is also completely justified. This film is one of the most significant works of the new Turkish film – stressed Kunovski.
The selector of the Official program reminisced about the beginnings of the great Turkish director Nuri Bilge Celyan who won a Special recognition just in 2003 at “Manaki Brothers” for his film “Distant”.
3. happy mudzejci 3-I assure you that during all the past years and with all the directors so far, we have been taking into account the presentation of Turkish films, which we have been representing with world-famous names. This year we’ve had Celyan’s grand associate, screen writer Ercan Kesal as member of the jury in the Official Program, as well as one of the most famous actresses in Turkey, Hatice Aslan, as member of the jury in the “New European Cinema” program – said Kunovski.