Turkish Culture Minister Ertugrul Gunay stated he would not participate in the Golden Orange International Film Festival, as famous Serbian director Emir Kusturica is one of the jury members.
Invitation of Emir Kusturica displeased Turks, as well as a number of film makers, directors and representatives of women organizations of Bosnia due to his pro-Serbian position during war in former Jugoslavia.
Protesting against Kusturic’s invitation, Turkish director Semih Kaplanoglu withdrew his drama “Bal” (Honey) from the festival. A number of Turkish cultural figures, political and non-governmental organizations slammed the festival organizers as well.
Earlier this March Emir Kusturica visited Yerevan. He called Armenia a wonderful country, promising his contribution to Golden Apricot Film Festival held in Yerevan.
Golden Orange International Film Festival organized by Antalya City Hall will take place on October 9-14.