Director Semih Kaplanoğlu’s film “Bal/Honey”, which took the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, has been elected as Turkey’s candidate for Oscars.

“Bal/Honey” to represent Turkey in Academy Awards
Posted 18.09.2010 12:15:51 UTC
Updated 18.09.2010 12:15:51 UTC

Turkey’s candidate for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, which will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, has been chosen.

Bal/Honey, the last film of Semih Kaplanoğlu's 'Yusuf trilogy', which took the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, will represent Turkey on the night of the Oscars.

Erdal Beşikçioğlu, Tülen Özen, Bora Altaş, Alev Uçarer, Ayşe Altay, Kutay Sandıkçı take parts in the cast of Bal/Honey.

Semih Kaplanoğlu's 'Bal' was one of 20 films competing for the Golden Bear at last month's 60th Berlin Film Festival.

Director Kaplanoğlu summarizes his film, “Before the trilogy I quest for answers to the questions in my head regarding my self, my life what I’m doing here. Tried to create a perspective on the Creation by departing from a poet’s questions. Aren’t the cinema and the arts try to get closer to the secrets of the human’s existence?”

“Those ideas helped shape the trilogy. I started with YUMURTA/EGG, maybe because I wanted to peel down the character slowly and reach his core. The trilogy could be considered an extensive flashback. However, they are not period films. All take place in the present day amidst various places, relations and economic standards in Turkey. I have been asked if all three Yusuf characters are indeed the same man. I choose not to answer so as not to disclose the secrets of the character, the direct and indirect relationship between the films, the mysteries to the films”, he added.

The last film of the trilogy Bal/Honey” will be released in Sweden in 10 theaters as of October 1, 2010. And, then will be travelled to Norway.

The film will be screened in Japan, Brazil, Syria, Iran, and the USA.