📩 22/12/2021 10:59
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."
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerIn line with the vision of making İzmir a city of culture and arts, within the scope of the İzmir International Humor Festival, which was held for the fifth time this year, the veteran artist of theater and cinema Müjdat Gezen was given the honorary award named after Aziz Nesin. The program at the Ahmed Adnan Saygun Art Center was attended by the Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality. Tunç Soyer, Karşıyaka Mayor Cemil Tugay, artist Müjdat Gezen and guests attended. In the program, a documentary about the life of Müjdat Gezen, who 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 that made both laugh and sad, the President Tunç Soyerawarded Müjdat Gezen 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 you laugh. It increases the joy of living together. There are heroes among us who show us from the outside, tell us about the beauty of the ordinary, and always defeat the Timurs with their intelligence and humor. Just like St. Just like the very dear Müjdat Gezen, who holds a mirror inside us," he said. He also stated that keeping the works of the heroes of the world of humor alive means increasing the goodness. Tunç Soyer“Therefore, I am very honored to present this honorary award named after Aziz Nesin to theater and cinema master Müjdat Gezen. I would like to express my respect and gratitude to all the masters who have been and continue to be the hope of this society with their humor.”
“It is impossible not to share hope”
Tunç SoyerExpressing that Müjdat Gezen's struggle for life gives hope, he 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 human landscapes of my hometown today, I sometimes fell into despair. 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”.