Two films –‘K’ar’ by Tuskish director Senem Gökce and ‘Murat’ documentary by Marine and Sona Kocharyans’ have been announced the winners of Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform as part of Golden Apricot 12th International Film Festival currently held in Yerevan.
The two winners will share a $10,000 prize.
‘Murat’ is a film about an Armenian young man residing in Turkey. His parents chose a Turkish name for him to make his life easier, but it did not help him avoid problems related to his national identity.
‘K’ar’ is a short film featuring two strangers who communicate with each other through gestures as signs at the ruins of Ani (a city in Western Armenia, formerly a historical capital of medieval Armenia).
Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform is a joint initiative launched by Golden Apricot Film Festival and Anadolu Kultur Turkish organization to promote intercultural dialog between Armenia and Turkey by establishing links among two countries’ cinematographers and supporting joint cinema projects. The cinema platform has so far financed over 15 Armenian and Turkish film projects. 24 applications for participation were submitted this year.