İlayda Elhih, 2018 graduate of KHAS Theatre Department, won the Best Actress Award in the National Competition section of the 40th Istanbul Film Festival organized by İKSV for her role in the movie "Geranium" (Sardunya).
This year's festival posters were prepared by another KHAS graduate, collage artist Selman Hoşgör. Director Tolga Karaçelik chaired the festival's National Competition Jury. The other members of the Jury were actress Ece Dizdar, art director and production designer Naz Erayda Kurdoğlu, producer Nadir Öperli and writer Şebnem İşigüzel.
The jury gave awards in 9 categories. Ms. Elhih shared the Best Actress Award with Ms. Asiye Dinçsoy from the movie "It's All About Peace and Harmony" (Dirlik Düzenlik). Salih Güney presented the awards to the actresses.
"Geranium" also won The Seyfi Teoman Best Debut Film Prize. The director, Çağıl Bocut, was presented the award by Feyzi Erçin, a long-time İKSV Tulip Card member, lawyer, and lecturer, on behalf of Tulip Card members.
Director: Çağıl Bocut
Turkey / 2021 / DCP / Colour / 83’ / Turkish
Screenplay: Çağıl Bocut
Cast: İlayda Elif Elhih, Ali Seçkiner Alıcı, Evren Duyal, Zeyno Eracar, Tansu Biçer, Ahsen Eroğlu
Just before her final exams, 19-year-old Defne has to return to her hometown after her father suffers a stroke. His rehabilitation sessions will give the pair a chance to heal their fragile relationship. Slowly drawn into a family drama in this Mediterranean town, she witnesses her aunt’s suicide by unprescribed pills she has provided. Buried under her guilty conscience, she slowly finds herself losing her innocence and questioning her own notion of justice.