ADANA, Turkey 

The International Golden Boll Film Festival in the southern Turkish province of Adana kicked off with a film screening on Monday.

One of Turkey’s most prestigious cinematic events, the 27th annual festival is being held under special measures due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Ismail Timucin, an official from the festival’s executive board, told Anadolu Agency that the event started on a bitter note due to the outbreak.

Underlining that the festival was held without guests as part of the measures taken against the virus, he said cinephiles could view film screenings in special gondolas on Adana’s Seyhan River.

As the jury could not arrive in the city, they are watching the films in Istanbul, Timucin said, adding that the award ceremony would be held on the last day of the festival on Sept. 20.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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