The jury picked Kaplanoglyu out of 12 runner-ups for his intimate portrayal of the fears and reveries of Yusuf, an uninspired poet who returns to his natal village for his mother's funeral.
"Tatil Kitabi" (Summer Book), 30-year old Seyfi Teoman's first feature film, won best Turkish film for its youthful appeal. It explores how two brothers perceive their strained relationship with their strict father.
The Council of Europe's new award for best human rights film went to Li Yang's Cannes-nominated "Blind Mountain", a tale of a Chinese peasant who fights back once she is sold off to a man from her village.
The annual film festival which began on April 5 drew to a close on Saturday evening with a gala where the award ceremony took place. Russian film-maker Alexandre Sokourov, who screened his latest film "Alexandre" (2007), was expected to receive an honorary award.
Throughout the two-week long festival, some 170,000 spectators watched around 200 films from 45 countries.
The Istanbul International Film Festival began in 1982 to bolster and give Turkish cinema international visibility.
Since then, it has grown, attracting some 85,000 visitors every year with genres ranging from art, culture and feature films to literature, music and theatre.
Last Mod: 21 Nisan 2008, 09:02