59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival Announces National Feature Film Competition Jury!

The National Feature Film Competition Jury for the 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival has been unveiled, with screenwriter-director-producer Yeşim Ustaoğlu named president! Her fellow jurors include the actor-director, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, the screenwriter-director, Azra Deniz Okyay, musician Harun Tekin, poet Haydar Ergülen, actress Nurgül Yeşilçay and cinematographer Uğur İçbak. Hosted by the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality with the support of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Festival will run from October 1-8, 2022.

Yeşim Ustaoğlu Is Jury President

The 59th Antalya Golden Orange National Feature Film Competition Jury is to be chaired by Yeşim Ustaoğlu, the Turkish auteur director, screenwriter and producer. Her filmography covers close to four decades from the debut short, To Catch a Moment (Bir Anı Yakalamak), in 1984 to her most recent feature, Clair Obscure (Tereddüt), which won Best Film in the International Competition of the 2016 Antalya Film Festival. Over the years, Ustaoğlu has consistently won awards and critical acclaim for her work from leading world festivals such as Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, Abu Dhabi, Moscow and Tokyo.

Among Ustaoğlu’s fellow jurors, the director and veteran actor, Ahmet Mümtaz Taylan, has appeared in countless stage plays, television series and films over the course of a career that began at the Diyarbakır State Theater in 1989. Winning the İsmet Küntay Best Director Award for his production of the play, The Visitor (Misafir) in 2002, Taylan has put in memorable performances in a slew of films that include the Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da), Under Construction (İnşaat), Istanbul Tales (Anlat İstanbul), Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti Beklerken), Nazim Hikmet: Blue-Eyed Giant (Mavi Gözlu Dev), The Butterfly’s Dream (Kelebeğin Rüyası), Thou Gild’st the Even (Sen Aydınlatırsın Geceyi), More (Daha), Weasel (Gelincik) and Mortal World (Ölümlü Dünya). Known for her short films, Sulukule Mon Amour and Little Black Fishes (Küçük Kara Balıklar), the director-screenwriter, Azra Deniz Okyay, picked up multiple awards for her 2020 feature debut, Ghosts (Hayaletler), including Grand Prize at the Venice International Critics’ Week, five nods at the 57th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival —Best Film and Best Director among them— and Young FIPRESCI Award at the Warsaw Film Festival. Musician Harun Tekin has made eight studio albums, given hundreds of concerts and represented Turkey at Eurovision with the Turkish rock band, mor ve ötesi, which he co-founded in 1995. Teaching songwriting at the Bilgi University Department of Music from 2011-2013, Tekin has been on the advisory board of Socrates magazine since its launch, served two terms as deputy chair of the music association, MSG, between 2018-2022 and, since 2016, been part of two different teams directing DasDas and Babajim Istanbul Studios. The author of 16 poetry books and over 30 prose titles, Haydar Ergülen has won numerous awards, among them the Cemal Süreyya, Behçat Necatigil and Golden Orange Poetry Prizes, in addition to an Honorary Award for his oeuvre at the 2022 Vedat Türkali Literature Awards. While his poetry books have been translated into five languages, he has also written a book of essays articulating his passion for film. The actress, Nurgül Yeşilçay, has memorably starred in the films of many leading directors, earning Best Actress honors from the Golden Orange and Golden Boll Film Festivals, the Contemporary Film Actors’ Association (ÇASOD) and Film Critics’ Association (SİYAD). Her big-screen credits include Istanbul Tales (Anlat İstanbul), Borrowed Bride (Eğreti Gelin), Adam and the Devil (Adem’in Trenleri), Cannes Best Screenplay winner The Edge of Heaven (Yaşamın Kıyısında), Conscience (Vicdan), 7 Husbands for Hürmüz (7 Kocalı Hürmüz), The Plane Tree (Çınar Ağacı), Love Is Red (Aşk Kırmızı) and Night (Gece). But Yeşilçay has also won recognition for her television performances, notably in the series Second Spring (İkinci Bahar) and Ivy Mansion (Asmalı Konak), as well as the international hit, Magnificent Century: Kösem (Muhteşem Yüzyıl Kösem). Accomplished cinematographer Uğur İçbak has earned credits on 17 feature films, including Fork in the Road (Yol Ayrımı), Hunting Season (Av Mevsimi), The Magician (Hokkabaz), Goodbye Tomorrow (Hoşçakal Yarın), The Bandit (Eşkıya), Istanbul Beneath My Wings (İstanbul Kanatlarımın Altında) and The Track (İz). Over the course of his career, he has also worked on numerous TV series, commercials and music videos, most recently as DoP on the series, The Life and Movies of Erşan Kuneri (Erşan Kuneri). A lecturer at Mimar Sinan University, he has been recognized with two Golden Oranges and one Film Critics’ Association (SİYAD) award for Best Cinematographer.

The 59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival is chaired by the Mayor of Antalya, Muhittin Böcek, and executive directed by Cansel Tuncer, while Ahmet Boyacıoğlu takes on the role of Festival director and Başak Emre of artistic director. The Antalya Film Forum is co-directed by Armağan Lale and Pınar Evrenosoğlu

59th Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival

October 1-8, 2022