39th International Istanbul Film Festival: National Competition

Turkey, July 18 - July 28 2020

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The jury

Bojidar Manov (Bulgaria), Ofer Liebergall (Israel), Aylin Sayin (Turkey)

Awarded films

"You Know Him"The 2020 edition, originally scheduled in April, has been postponed, and has been divided in a national and an international part. At the national part, July 18-28, 2020, the critics prize went to You Know Him (Nasipse Adayiz) by Turkish filmmaker, writer, actor Ercan Kesal.

The jury justified: “In a simple, but effective way, the film portrays the mainstream political scene, explaining how fragile the power is and how much it depends on traditional, religious networks and money. The film depicts this critical issue through the eyes of the protoganist and points out the class inequalities with powerful artistic way of expression.”