The International Lake Van Film Festival's theme of "Cultural Heritage: 100" was introduced to the public at a press conference in Istanbul. The fourth edition of the festival, which will run from Dec. 6-12, is organized by the Bajar Cultural Art Consultancy. Speaking at the press conference at Cezayir Restaurant, Festival President Oğuz Oktay said that the festival has "focused on sociological themes since day one" and that this year's theme is "Cultural Heritage: 100." He said that Armenia will be the guest country at the festival. "We do not care about what happened politically 100 years ago. We want to rediscover our cultural heritage and reinforce brotherhood. I think Turkey, which has a population of 80 million, should approach Armenia, which has a population of 6 million, with kindness."
Baran Uğurlu, one of the jury members of the festival, drew attention to the theme of the festival and compared the people of Turkey to a pomegranate. "Actually we are different piece of the same shell," he said. Also speaking at the press conference Aydın Salman, the director of "İçimdeki İnsan" (The Man Inside Me), said film festivals are excuses for the meeting of movie buffs and film makers.
When: Dec. 6-12