The Missing Picture by Rithy Panh picked up the Human Rights Award at this year's Istanbul International Film Festival, which has just closed shop in the Turkish capital. Tom à la ferme by Xavier Dolan won the Radikal Readers' Prize (this newspaper is a partner of the festival). The Golden Tulip Award in the International Competition went to the Norwegian film Blind by Eskil Vogt, while the National Competition's Golden Tulip was awarded to Ben O Değilim (I Am Not Him) by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu.
The 33rd edition of the festival showcased no less than 60 French productions and co-productions, including Me, Myself and Mum and Violette, which were presented in competition, with a jury led by Asghar Farhadi and members including Philippe Le Guay. Anna Mouglalis was in attendance to present La Jalousie by Philippe Garrel, as was Christophe Paou, to present Stranger by the Lake, and Hiner Saleem, who was accompanied by three of his actors and producer Marc Bordure, to present his latest film, My Sweet Pepper Land. The festival also paid tribute to Marin Karmitz who led a master class.
The festival's professional platform Meetings on the Bridge once again bore witness to the vitality of the Turkish film production industry and its desire to open up to co-productions with European partners. A number of awards were presented at this section's closing ceremony (see http://film.iksv.org/en/meetingsonthebridge), which was followed by a reception held at the French Palace, hosted by the festival, the French Embassy, and UniFrance Films.
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