At the 31st Istanbul Film Festival 2012 the Golden Tulip International Competition Award was given to Julia Loktev’s The Loneliest Planet, launched as film project at CineMart 2008. The award was presented to Loktev by famous Turkish filmmaker Nuri Bilge Ceylan.The Hubert Bals Fund-supported The Voice of My Father by Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan shared The Best Screenplay of the Year Award.
Julia Loktev (1969, St. Petersburg) emigrated at the age of nine to the USA. She came to filmmaking through sound rather than image. Her graduate film Moment of Impact, which she shot without a crew and edited herself, won several prizes and is in the permanent film collection of MoMA. Julia Loktev also makes multiple screen video installations. In 2007, IFFR selected her first fiction feature Day Night Day Night , a compelling film that follows a girl preparing for a suicide bomb attack in New York City. Her second fiction feature The Loneliest Planet was presented as project at CineMart 2008 and screened in IFFR 2012. In this film, Loktev follows a young couple (Gael Garcia Bernal and Hani Furstenberg) on a mountain trekking trip through the Caucasus.
In the Istanbul Film Festival’s National Competition, The Voice of My Father co-directed by Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan shared The Best Screenplay of the Year Award with Beyond the Hill by Emin Alper. They received their awards from the Golden Tulip National Competition Jury Member, Alexandre Mallet-Guy from Memento Films.
The Voice of My Fatherr received a Hubert Bals Fund grant for post-production and final financing in 2011. The film saw its world premiere in the Tiger Awards Competition during IFFR 2012. The Voice of My Father tells the story of a Kurdish family from 1979-2009, utilizing a mix of documentary and fiction. Exquisite images and personal sound recordings (tapes sent to the father abroad) embellish this film about the repression of the Kurds, immigrant labor and language.