Produced by Nermin Aytekin and co-produced by Ivan Angelusz and János Rózsa, the film also won Achievement in Cinematography for Cevahir Şahin and Kürşat Üresin; director Mustafa Kara was awarded the Inaugural APSA Young Cinema Award, presented by NETPAC and Griffith Film School. This is his second feature.
This new Award is launched on APSA's 10th anniversary to honour emerging talent from the region. Nermin Aytekin, Mustafa Kara and Cevahir Şahin were all in attendance to accept the awards.
The 2016 APSA International Jury comprised five eminent former APSA Jury Presidents hailing from three continents, headed by acclaimed Academy-Award winner Lord Puttnam of Queensgate CBE (United Kingdom, APSA 2010 Jury President), joined by APSA Patron and co-founder and current Chairman of the Busan International Film Festival Kim Dong-Ho (APSA 2015), prolific and multi-award winning producer from Hong Kong (PRC) Nansun Shi (APSA 2011), Palme d’Or and Academy Award-winning Australian producer Jan Chapman (APSA 2012), and celebrated Indian master filmmaker Shyam Benegal (APSA 2013).
President of the APSA International Jury, Lord Puttnam said “Over the last two weeks the APSA International Jury has viewed 24 films that between them have lasted almost 50 hours and it's been a remarkable privilege to find yourself looking into customs, societies, attitudes and practices that you are not necessarily familiar with, and all of us on the Jury found that incredibly rewarding.
“There were two significant things I came away with: number one was how often the issue of family occurred, the importance of family and the role of family, is an underlying theme that popped up time and time again. The other that I found really encouraging was the quite extraordinary quality of the male performances. I have never seen that number of absolutely outstanding male performances - ever. Anywhere.”
APSA International Jury member Jan Chapman (Australia) said “I found a fascination with the variety of films and felt a gratitude that we can see such a range of styles of films from such a range of countries. It is really quite astounding and such an insight into other worlds.”
APSA Achievement in Directing was awarded to Chinese master and APSA Academy member Feng Xiaogang for his remarkable and incredibly original feature I Am Not Madame Bovary (Wo Bu Shi Pan Jinlian), his 16th directorial work. Feng was nominated in the same category in 2010 for Aftershock, which won the APSA for Best Feature Film that year.