A Turkish film, Bal (Honey), that I haven’t seen yet, makes the cinema headlines today:
BERLIN, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) — ‘Bal ‘(Honey) from Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu on Saturday won the Golden Bear, the highest prize awarded for the best film at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale. Roman Polanski won the Best Director Silver Bear for ‘The Ghost Writer.’
Honey / Bal (Turkey-Germany)
By DEREK ELLEY
The final seg of self-styled Turkish auteur Semih Kaplanoglu’s “Honey, Milk, Egg” trilogy (shot, natch, in reverse order) deals with its blank central character’s childhood in the heavily wooded mountains of Rize province, northeast Turkey. The best-looking of the three and the most conventionally structured, this is still grindingly slow, content-light fare for card-carrying minimalists. Fest sidebars and Euro pubcaster slots loom.
from Turkish Cinema Newsletter by M.A.M
So, another victory for Turkish art: ?Bal? (Honey), a humble movie by director Semih Kaplanoğlu, emerged as the winner of the Golden Lion award at the Berlin Film Festival. Lovely news.
Friday, February 19, 2010
The main presenter of the programme was British comedian Peter Kay, although various other celebrities also presented awards, including actor Andy Serkis, musician Melanie Brown, singer Shirley Bassey, television and radio presenter Jonathan Ross, actor Idris Elba, singer Geri Halliwell, television presenter Cat Deeley, comedian Alan Carr, singer Mika, fashion designer and film director Tom Ford, former glamour model Samantha Fox, musician Noddy Holder and musician and actress Courtney Love. Fearne Cotton was also a backstage presenter during the event. There was also an after show highlights programme broadcast on ITV2, immediately after the programme on ITV1 had finished, from 2200-2300 GMT. Presenting on the programme was Rufus Hound and Caroline Flack. BBC Radio 1 also had continuous official coverage on the station throughout the day of the awards, with disc jockeys Scott Mills and Greg James hosting a programme on the station at around the time of the award ceremony.