Altın Koza rolls out red carpet for 18th edition

September 16, 2011, Friday/ 17:19:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Saturday marks the much-anticipated opening of the annual Altın Koza (Golden Boll) film festival in the southern province of Adana.

A week of film madness, the festival, which is divided into three competitive sections -- one for feature films and two for shorts -- features around 220 films as well as a range of topical lectures and workshops.

With Turkish Cypriot director Dervis Zaim heading the national feature film competition jury this year, the highlights of a full program include Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Bir Zamanlar Anadolu’da” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.” The winner of the feature competition will be awarded a cash prize of TL 350,000.

Running until Sept. 25, this year’s festival also features a selection of films concerning the tumultuous Arab Spring of 2011 and in an exciting development for all Adana cinema lovers, the inauguration of the spanking new Adana Cinema Museum, located in a restored historic mansion in the town’s center.

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