Müjdat Gezen wins Honor Award at İzmir International Humor Festival

Müjdat Gezen wins Honor Award at İzmir International Humor Festival
Müjdat Gezen wins Honor Award at İzmir International Humor Festival

Within the scope of the Izmir International Humor Festival, which was held for the fifth time this year, the Aziz Nesin Humor Honor Award was given to the theater and cinema artist Müjdat Gezen. President Soyer, who presented the award to the master artist, said, "It is impossible not to share that hope when we remember the struggle of the great master, who has completed his 61st year in art, and still continues with great excitement, enthusiasm and hope."

In line with the vision of Izmir Metropolitan Mayor Tunç Soyer to turn Izmir into a city of culture and arts, within the scope of the Izmir International Humor Festival, which was held for the fifth time this year, the veteran artist of theater and cinema, Müjdat Gezen, was presented with the honorary award named after Aziz Nesin. Tunç Soyer, Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, attended the program at Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center. Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay, artist Müjdat Gezen and guests attended. In the program, a documentary about the life of Müjdat Gezen, who has completed his 61st year in art, was screened. In the 95-minute documentary film prepared by journalist Gökmen Ulu, the unknown aspects of Müjdat Gezen were explained as well as his professional life. After the screening of the documentary, which made both laugh and sad, President Tunç Soyer presented Müjdat Gezen with his award.

“Humor does not destroy, it repairs”

President Soyer thanked Gökmen Ulu, who prepared the documentary Müjdat Gezen, and said, “How many children, students, artists, people our master artist has accumulated… We watched with admiration, either laughing or crying.” Stating that humor is an unrequited call to goodness, Soyer said, “Where explanation ends, humor begins. It shows the invisible. It screams the inexplicable. Humor does not destroy, it repairs. It doesn't tire, it makes you laugh. It makes you think while laughing. It increases the joy of living together. There are heroes among us who show us from the outside, explain the beauty of the ordinary, and always defeat the Timurs with their intelligence and humor. Just like St. Nesin. Just like the very dear Müjdat Gezen, who holds a mirror inside us," he said. Tunç Soyer also stated that keeping the works of the heroes of the world of humor alive means increasing the goodness, and said, “For this reason, I am very honored to present this honor award named after Aziz Nesin to the theater and cinema master Müjdat Gezen. I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all the masters who, in his person, have become and continue to be the hope of this society with his humor.”

“It is impossible not to share hope”

Expressing that Müjdat Gezen's struggle for life gives hope, Tunç Soyer said: “In Müjdat Gezen's documentary, while I was watching the people, goodness, and human landscapes he had accumulated in his life, and looking at the people in my hometown today, I felt hopeless from time to time. But when you remember the struggle of the great master, who has completed his 61st year in art, and still continues with great excitement, enthusiasm and hope, it is impossible not to share that hope.”

Thanks from Müjdat Gezen

Artist Müjdat Gezen thanked President Soyer and said, “The design on the award was drawn by Savaş Dinçer for a theatre. Aziz Nesin has footprints, but instead of getting smaller, there are footprints that are getting bigger.”

one of our family

Vecdi Sayar, the director of the Humor Festival, also thanked Gökmen Ulu who prepared the documentary Müjdat Gezen and said, “Instead of telling an artist from his own words, his friends are telling. It was the right documentary choice. "We watched very interesting details about his personal life," he said.

Gökmen Ulu stated that Müjdat Gezen is a part of everyone's life, like a member of his family. Stating that he completed the documentary after 2 years of work, Ulu said, “We took pleasure in every minute of it. I talked to his family, friends, students, and friends. I would like to thank my dear Müjdat Gezen for the values ​​he has added and continues to add to the world”.

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