YEREVAN—Two films have been announced as the winners of the Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform of the 12th Golden Apricot International Film Festival currently underway in Yerevan. “K’ar” by Turkish director Senem Gokce and “Murat”, a documentary by Marine and Sona Kocharyans, will share a $10,000 prize.
“Murat” is a film about a young Armenian man living in Turkey. Though his parents chose a Turkish name for him to make life easier, it does not help him avoid problems related to his national identity.
“K’ar” is a short film about two strangers who communicate with each other with gestures and signs at the ruins of Ani on the border of Armenia and Turkey.
The Armenia-Turkey Cinema Platform is a joint initiative launched by the Golden Apricot Film Festival and the Anadolu Kultur organization of Turkey that seeks to promote intercultural dialog between cinematographers from Armenia and Turkey by supporting joint cinema projects. The platform has so far financed over 15 film projects. 24 applications for participation were submitted this year.