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Istanbul movie premiere to be dry, say cinema officials

ISTANBUL - Hürriyet | 1/18/2011 12:00:00 AM |

Controversial new regulations from the TAPDK have caused film organizers to cancel plans to serve alcohol at a movie premiere Wednesday.

Controversial new regulations from the Tobacco Products and Alcoholic Beverages Market, or TAPDK, have caused film organizers to cancel plans to serve alcohol at a movie premiere Wednesday.

A Turkish movie called “Kutsal Damacana Dracoola” will premiere at Istanbul’s İstinye Park AFM Theater but officials at the location said that because they lack an alcohol license, they would not be able to serve alcohol during the event.

Under the TAPDK’s new regulations, alcohol cannot be served or sold by firms that have not been licensed to serve alcohol.

“Until the draft regulation is lifted, we cannot even serve a glass of alcohol,” officials said.

Şenol Zincir, the producer of the movie, said trouble rarely occurs at premieres where alcohol is served.

According to Zencir, no clear description of the regulation has been announced. “The strangest thing is no one knows what to do. This causes people to limit themselves,” he said.

“We absolutely should protect youth from harmful habits, but in such a country where people can get a gun license before age 19, it is tragicomic that the legal age to purchase alcohol is 24,” Zencir said.

During a meeting with foreign journalists last week, government Public Diplomacy Coordinator İbrahim Kalın said the legal age to purchase was 18, not 24 as had been reported in the press.

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