Actress Esme Madra wins special mention at Korean festival

Turkish actress Esme Madra has won a special mention at South Korea’s Jeonju International Film Festival for her part in “Nefesim Kesilene Kadar” (Until I Lose My Breath), a feature length drama by debut director Emine Emel Balci, the movie’s publicist announced on Monday.

Madra was recognized for her portrayal of Serap, a young woman who works in a textile factory and who lives with her elder sister and her sister’s husband, in the film, which was among 10 feature films by young directors from around the world that were vying for awards in the international competition of the Jeonju festival.

Madra was in attendance to present “Nefesim Kesilene Kadar” during all its screenings at the festival, which marked its 16th edition from April 30 through May 9.

Written and directed by Balci, who previously made several short films and directed a feature-length documentary called “Ich liebe dich” in 2012, the Turkish-German co-production “Nefesim Kesilene Kadar” had its world premiere earlier this year at the Forum section of the 65th Berlin Film Festival.