The French dominated the awards ceremony at Istanbul's annual film festival Friday, with actress Catherine Deneuve and actor Gerard Depardieu accepting special honor awards.
The festival's award for best international film, however, went to British director Michael Winterbottom for "A Cock and Bull Story."
French actor Alain Delon and actress Jeanne Moreau received lifetime achievement awards, along with Italian documentary maker Vittorio De Seta.
The festival which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year honored Turkish actress Serif Sezer, comedian Sener Sen and director Erden Kiral for their contributions to Turkish cinema, reports AP.
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