FACE, the Film Award of the Council of Europe went to Bence Fliegauf’s Berlinale Grand Prix winner JUST THE WIND at the closing night of the 31st Istanbul International Film Festival.
Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts and sponsored by Akbank, the 31st Istanbul Film Festival awards were presented at the closure gala and awards ceremony, which took place at Lütfi Kırdar Convention and Exhibition Centre, on Saturday, 14 April. The closure gala and the awards ceremony were presented by Memet Ali Alabora, and were streamed live on CNN TURK.
Film Award of the Council of Europe (FACE)
The Human Rights Jury of the 31st Istanbul Film Festival composed of director Juanita Wilson, winner of last year’s FACE Award with As If I Am Not There; Director General of Human Rights and Rule of Law of the Council of Europe, Philippe Boillat, founder and chair of the board of Anadolu Kültür, Osman Kavala, and Eurimages project manager Alessia Sonaglioni.
The Film Award of the Council of Europe FACE, given in cooperation with the Council of Europe and Eurimages presented in scope of “Human Rights in Cinema” competition, was deemed to be deserved by the film Just the Wind / Sadece Rüzgâr by Hungarian director Bence Fliegauf.
The award was presented by Juanita Wilson and was handed to Bence Fliegauf by Ambassador Rauf Engin Soysal, Permanent Representative of Turkey to the Council of Europe.
Just the Wind
2012 Berlin Jury Grand Prix, Amnesty International Prize, Peace Prize
News quickly spreads of the murder of a Romany family in a Hungarian village. This is the fifth incident in the region. Their “kind” has been subject of murders and pogroms earlier. Mari, her invalid father, teenager Anna and young Rio move their beds closer to fence away the fear when night falls. But there is no escape. Familiar to the Turkish audience with his previous films Womb, Forest and Milky Way, this is the latest from director Fliegauf who has written, directed, this powerful social statement inspired by true events that took place in Hungary.
Forthcoming festival screening at CPH:PIX, Denmark.