The 41st Antalya Golden Orange
Film Festival, where Turkey’s ‘Oscars’
have been awarded every year since 1964,
is being held this year from 3-10 October.
I was seven or eight years old. We had
gone to visit a relative who lived in
Antalya. One evening my father took me
by the hand and took me down to Konyaalti
Avenue. Never before had I seen so many
people in one place; I was astonished.
Everyone was looking in the same direction,
as if they were expecting somebody. People
were applauding as if their hands would
break. The excitement was at a peak. Given
the level of interest, could the person
out there in front be the President? Or
the Prime Minister? The crowd in back
of us was bent on crushing us to get a
little closer. But I was not about to
leave without finding out who these people
were that were coming. Just then the mystery
figures got out of their cars one by one.
A very beautifully dressed woman... Dark.
Her eyes so beautiful you could tell even
from a distance. Black, like olives...