TODAY’S – ‘Ziazan’ wins two awards at short film showcase in Cannes

‘Ziazan’ wins two awards at short film showcase in CannesTurkish actress Derya Durmaz’s short film “Ziazan” received two awards from the short film showcase Beyond Borders: Diversity in Cannes, grabbing the jury’s choice and audience prizes.Featuring short films that have not been chosen for the Cannes International Film Festival, the showcase has aimed at honoring filmmakers who are looking to solidify their position in the global movie industry by promoting diversity of race, gender, age and religious affiliation, since its launch in 2010.

“Ziazan,” which tells the story of a 4-year-old Armenian girl, Ziazan, as she hides in her uncle’s luggage to get more of the chocolate he brings her back as a gift from Turkey, was named winner of the award on Sunday by a jury headed by Lisa Cortés, who is the executive producer of the critically acclaimed 2009 movie “Precious.” The short film was deemed worthy of the awards for the transformation of the title character’s imaginative power into an aenture that is deeply affecting for the audience, according to a press release from the publicist of the filmThe two awards from Cannes mark the first time the film has been honored since its premiere at the SEE a Paris-Festival des Cinémas du Sud-Est Européen (South-East European Film Festival), where it won the Special Jury Prize.

Written and directed by Durmaz, the 15-minute film is produced by screenwriter and movie critic Emine YIldIrIm’s Istanbul-based film company Giyotin Film.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman

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