Frankfurt Turkish film fest opening marred by delayed visas
The 12th edition of the Frankfurt Turkish Film Festival got under way over the weekend with a ceremony where four Turkish big screen actors were to be honored, but instead only two received their prizes.

Actors Müjde Ar and Aytaç Arman were two of this year's four honor award recipients alongside veteran comedian Halit Akçatepe and Yeşilçam actor İzzet Günay. Yet Akçatepe and Günay were unable to collect their awards at Sunday's opening gala since the German Consulate General in İstanbul failed to issue their visas on time for them to make it to the gala, the Anatolia news agency reported.

Sunday's invitation-only gala was attended by the Turkish Consul General in Frankfurt İlhan Saygılı, the Turkish Cultural Attaché in Frankfurt Osman Şahin, and Zihni Aldırmaz, the deputy mayor of the Turkish province of Adana, as well as several other Turkish and German politicians and artists.

The festival's organizers told reporters during the gala that they regretted the delay in the visas for Akçatepe and Günay and thanked Hessen deputy prime minister and minister for justice, Jörg Uwe Hahn, for his efforts in trying to solve the visa issue, yet to no avail.

Akçatepe and Günay were expected to arrive later on Monday after their visas were granted that day, Anatolia said.

The festival's opening film was "Dedemin İnsanları" (My Grandfather's People), a 2011 drama by Çağan Irmak, which follows the story of a family from the Turkish-Greek population exchange of the 1920s to the present day. The film was shown Monday at the Cinestar Metropolis Theater.

Set to run through Sunday, the festival also features recent Turkish dramas "Kurtuluş Son Durak" (Kurtuluş Last Stop), "Tepenin Ardı" (Beyond the Hill), "Lal Gece" (Night of Silence) and the comedy classic "Hababam Sınıfı" (The Outrageous Class), among others.

A photography exhibition titled "Anadolu'nun Renkleri" (Colors of Anatolia), which opened on Friday, a special night dedicated to music from Yeşilçam movies on Tuesday, and a workshop on acting to be conducted by Turkish actor Mustafa Üstündağ, were other events on the 12th festival's program. The festival draws around 5,000 festivalgoers annually.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
Last Modified: 2012-11-13 18:00:02
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