ISTANBUL

Written and directed by Azra Deniz Okyay, “Hayaletler” (Ghosts) returned with the “Best Director” and “Best Actress” awards from the Casablanca Independent Film Festival, which ended on February 2.

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The film was featured as one of the Top 10 Non-US Releases by the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) last week. It was included in the list along with the latest films from directors such as Christian Petzold, François Ozon, Gianfranco Rosi, Michel Franco and Sarah Gavron.

Nalan Kuruçim, Dilayda GüneÅŸ, Beril Kayar and Emrah Özdemir starred in the film “Ghosts”, which tells the stories of four different characters who unfold in one day during a nationwide power outage.

Okyay was selected as “Best Director” at the festival, while Güneş won the “Best Actress” award. French director, screenwriter and producer Manuel Sanchez was the jury chairman of the festival, which took place online from January 27 to 31.

The film won the “Young FIPRESCI Jury Award” at the 36th Warsaw Film Festival last year. It also won a Grand Critics’ Prize of 5,000 euros ($ 5,917) at the 77th Venice Film Festival and five awards at the 57th Antalya Orange Gold Film Festival.

In December 2020, London-based independent film magazine Middle East Eye praised ‘Ghosts’, saying: ‘Rarely has Istanbul been portrayed so vividly, carefully and precisely in Turkish cinema.’

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