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Turkish Cinema – Expanded cinema fest to kick off in Turkey’s Datça

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Actress Türkan Şoray is the guest of honor in the festival

The annual film festival in Datça, which begins Friday, is making the leap to becoming an international event this year, offering an enriched program to movie-goers in the Aegean province of Muğla.

For the last four years, the festival had offered its screenings under the theme “Homage to Cinema’s Masters.”

This year’s International Datça Cinema and Culture Festival will open with a mini-concert by Turkish pop singer Nükhet Duru. The event’s guest of honor will be famous Turkish actress Türkan Şoray, who is called “Sultan” for her contributions to Turkish cinema.

During the festival’s gala night, Şoray, director Gani Müjde, Selim İleri, Agah Özgüç, Engin Ayça, Burçak Evren and Gülsen Tuncer will speak to the audience. Later, Atıf Yılmaz’s film “Selvi Boylum Al Yazmalım” (The Girl with the Red Scarf) will be screened.

The second day of the festival will feature actor and director Yılmaz Güney, whose night will start with a mini-concert by Melike Demirağ and a showing of his film “Sürü” (The Herd). The festival will also remember Turkish master directors Memduh Ün and Ömer Lütfü Akad and there will be special events for directors on the third and fourth days of the event.

After screening short and feature films and documentaries, the festival will end Sept. 9 with a recital by Turkish folk-music artist Musa Eroğlu.

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