Antalya Film Festival opens with award presentation

Antalya Film Festival opens with award presentation
The 53rd International Antalya Film Festival opened on October 16 at the EXPO 2016 Antalya Congress Center with the presentation of awards to a number of important Turkish actors and guests of honor, according to Hurriyet- Daily News.

"In my long or short career, I have been deemed worthy of such a big award for the first time," said Audrey Taotou, the star of the 2001 French hit "Amelie," as she received an honorary award at the opening ceremony.

"I thank the festival for this unbelievable gift. I acted as a Turkish girl in my first English film. I learned English with a Turkish accent for the first time. Then a few years later, I came to Istanbul. It is very special to be here, thank you very much," Tautou said, referring to her role in the 2002 British film "Dirty Pretty Things," in which she plays a Turkish migrant to the United Kingdom.

Antalya Metropolitan Mayor and the festival president Menderes Türel said the festival would screen 140 films from 39 countries until October 23.