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Tuesday, January 25, 2011
German distributor postpones release of 'anti-Israeli' movie
A German cinema distributor cancelled this week's premiere of a new Turkish film, Valley of the Wolves - Palestine, saying Tuesday it needed time to review a movie rating ruling. The original release date, Thursday, was global Holocaust Day, which has outraged Jewish and other German groups. Pera Film of Cologne said it acted after a German cinema industrybody, FSK, which classifies films' suitability for audiences, ruled the film was unsuitable for minors. The Valley of the Wolves series, on both television and film, is about fictional Turkish secret agents who fight conspiracies. Because the villains were Americans or Jewish, a first Valley of the Wolves film caused upset several years back in Germany where it was mainly patronized by ethnic Turkish audiences. The new movie attaches a fictional story to a real-life event, last year's unsuccessful Turkish-led aid convoy to Gaza. A Pera Film spokeswoman told the German Press Agency dpa, "The official letter from the FSK has not arrived yet, but for the time being we will be following the decision. The film definitely will not release on Thursday." She said Pera Film would study the FSK decision before deciding its next move. Pera is the sole distributor in Germany. The May 2010 Israeli operation to stop the Turkish aid ship Mavi Marmara outraged many in the Muslim world. Nine Turkish activists were killed when the Israeli navy took over the ship.