Sirin Zahed, the female lead in Kadir Balci’s feature Marry Me, has received the Award for Best Actress at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York to add to her Ensor.

Marry MeSirin Zahed, who runs a hair salon in real life, made her debut as an actress with the role of Sibel Koç in Kadir Balci’s comedy feature Marry Me. The actress recently picked up the Ensor for Best Debut at the Flemish Film Awards and has now also been similarly honoured at the Chelsea Film Festival in New York, where American actress and acting coach Elizabeth Kemp (Law & Order, L.A. Law) presented her with the award.

A comedy about Flemish modesty versus Turkish temperament, Marry Me is the story of a gym teacher who wants to marry his Turkish colleague following a brief affair. Both look forward to their big day, but reckoned without their families. It’s the second film by director Balci, who made his mark with his debut feature Turquaze.

Marry Me previously screened at the Valladolid Film Festival in Spain, Silicon Valley’s Cinequest and the Montreal World Film Festival. Dries Phlypo and Jean-Claude van Rijckeghem produced the film for A Private View (Oxygen; Moscow, Belgium), and it received support from the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Sven Gatz.

Published on Monday 26 October 2015

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