By Verhan Ziflioglu
The International Golden Apricot Film Festival will celebrate its ninth anniversary in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. The festival has supported Turkish-Armenian film projects for the last four years and hosted internationally known Turkish directors such as Fatih Akin and Semih Kaplanoglu.
This year’s festival will be held between July 8th and 15. One day before the festival the traditional blessing of the new apricot harvest will be held in Yerevan churches. The International Golden Apricot artistic director, Susanna Harutyunyan recently spoke to the Hurriyet Daily News, Harutyunyan said this year a guest of honor would be Spanish film director Victor Erice. Harutyunyan said they would show films by five Turkish and five Armenian directors in the festival’s Turkey-Armenian Cinema Platform section.
This year director Ozcan Alper, who is well known for his film “Sonbahar” (Autumn), and documentarist Enis Riza, will be guest of honor from Turkey at the festival. Harytyunyan said the festival would invite and host Turkish journalists for the first time this year. During this festival, 150 films will be shown and they will have a program of Turkish films. Harutyunyan said Armenian viewers had an interest in Turkish films and added: “Directors are always welcome to present their films to the audience and directors from Turkey attract quite a lot of attention from the Armenian public. A good example was ‘Once Upon a Time in Anatolia’ last year. Harutyunyan said they were collaborating with the International Istanbul Film Festival and the non-goverment organization Anadolu Kultur (Anatolian Culture) from Turkey