ISTANBUL – The Second Red Tulip Film Festival, aiming to promote Turkish films in the Netherlands, will kick off on May 25 in Rotterdam.
At a press conference in the Dutch Consulate in Istanbul, Consul General Robert Schuddeboom said showing Turkish films in Netherlands helps build bridges between the two nations.
Recalling that over one million Dutch tourists come to Turkey annually, Schuddeboom recommend tourists to see Turkish films before travelling.
Turks make up one of the largest minority groups in Holland, totaling almost 400,000.
During the Red Tulip Film Festival, organized under the umbrella of the Culture and Tourism Ministry and Netherlands-Turkey Cultural Foundation, 36 Turkish feature-length documentary and short films will be presented during the festival that will take place May 25-31.
Famous Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan, who will be also competing in the Cannes film festival, joins the festival with two master class films.
Ahmet Hizarci, board member of the Cultural Foundation for Netherlands and Turkey, said the festival will be more comprehensive this year to mark the centennial of Turkish cinema, and the 50th year of Turkish migration to Europe.
As last year, the Lantaren Venster cinema in Rotterdam will host the Turkish film festival.
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