'Fetih 1453' premieres at unusual hour
'Fetih 1453' movie posterTurkish movie "Fetih 1453" (Conquest 1453) premieres today in cinemas across the country at 14:53 pm local time.
The premiere hour was set to mimic the year of the date Istanbul was captured by Ottoman forces in 1453. Premieres usually take place during the night in Turkey.
The movie, directed by Faruk Aksoy, tells the story of Istanbul’s capture by the Ottomans during the reign of Sultan Mehmed II.
The movie had angered Greek viewers after its preview was released there in January. Greek weekly To Proto Thema described the film as “conquest propaganda by the Turks.
Christian association Via Dolorosa in the German city of Cologne called for a boycott on the film. “We advise every Christian not to watch this movie," they said.