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    Turkish director to be a member of Cannes jury

    Anatolian Agency
    23.04.2009 - 15:53 | Son Güncelleme:

    PARIS - A Turkish film director will be a member of the jury of a French film festival, organizers said on Thursday.

    The organization committee of the 62nd Cannes Film Festival holds a press conference on Thursday to make public the films to compete in the festival, and the members of the jury.

     

    The committee named director Nuri Bilge Ceylan as one of the jury members of the 62nd festival to take place between May 13 and 24.

     

    Ceylan won the best director award in the Cannes Film Festival last year with his film "Uc Maymun" (Three Monkeys).

     

    A photographer and film director, Ceylan studied electrical and electronic engineering at Istanbul's Bogazici University. After graduating from this department, he went on with his studies on cinema for two years at Istanbul's Mimar Sinan University.

     

    Ceylan's first short film Koza (Cocoon) was screened in the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. He received many awards with his debut feature Kasaba (Small Town). His third feature Uzak (Distant) received many awards including the Grand Jury Prize and the Best Actor Prize at Cannes, and was praised internationally. His 2006 film Iklimler (Climates) won the FIPRESCI Movie Critics' Award at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and received international praise by critics and

    experts.

     

    He was also a member of the jury at the 42nd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival in 2005, and the president of the jury at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2008.

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