Noah Land, directed by Cenk Ertürk, won ‘Best Screenplay’ and ‘Best Actor’ awards at the Tribeca Film Festival. The cast and crew were in New York with Cenk Ertürk who is also the screenwriter of the movie and Ali Atay who got the award of Best Actor.
The movie which is about Ömer (Ali Atay) who is suffering through a mid-life crisis, for his ill father’s last wish to be buried under a tree he planted as a child, has to face the villagers who claim the tree is in the fact a holy relic planted by Noah after the Great Flood, made its World premiere at the festival.
For Best Screenplay Award in an International Narrative Feature Film, jury’s comment: “For its perceptive and nuanced storytelling of an estranged father and son struggling to understand the past, each other and themselves, the award for Best Screenplay in an International Narrative Feature goes to Cenk Ertürk for ‘Noah Land.’”
Cenk Ertürk began developing Noah Land at New York University and finalized the screenplay at Cannes Film Festival Cinéfondation Residence. Erturk is currently developing his second feature, which follows a couple navigating a self-destructive journey to form a “happy” family.
Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature Film – Ali Atay in “Noah Land.” Jury comment: “For an emotionally powerful and truthful portrayal of a conflicted and self-destructive man struggling to make sense of his life, the award for Best Actor in an International Narrative Feature goes to Ali Atay in ‘Noah Land.’”