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CULTURE -Turkish filmmaker awarded with French Order for his contribution to arts.

ISTANBUL, Apr 13, 2011 (TUR) -- Turkey's award-winning filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan has been presented with the French Order of Arts and Letters (Officier dans I'Ordre national des Arts et des Lettres).

Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the winner of Best Director Prize in 2008 Cannes Film Festival for his film "Uc Maymun" (Three Monkeys), received the medal from French Consul-General at a ceremony in Istanbul on Tuesday.

French Order of Arts and Letters is given by the French Ministry of Culture. Its purpose is the recognition of significant contributions to the arts, literature, or the propagation of these fields.

Ceylan, known with his feature films such as Kasaba (The Small Town, 1997), Mays Sikintisi (Clouds of May, 1999) and Uzak (Distant, 2002), enlisted his close friends, relatives and family as actors and took on just about every technical role himself: the cinematography, sound design, production, editing, writing and direction.

When Uzak, the final film of the trilogy, won the Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, Ceylan suddenly became an internationally recognized name. Uzak scooped a total of 47 awards, 23 of them international, and so became the most award-winning film in the history of Turkish cinema.

Next to follow in 2006 was Iklimler (Climates), which again premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, this time scooping the FIPRESCI Prize. The lead roles in this film were shared by Nuri Bilge and his wife Ebru Ceylan.

Competing at the 61st Cannes Film Festival with his 2008 film Uc Maymun (Three Monkeys), Nuri Bilge won the Best Director award. Uc Maymun later went on to become the first Turkish film to make the Oscar shortlist in the Academy Awards Foreign Language Film category.

In 2009, the director returned to Cannes, this time as a member of the main competition jury.


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Publication:Anadolu (Eskisehir, Turkey)
Date:Apr 13, 2011
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