BERLIN — Two actors who starred in the Turkish film that won the peace film award at the Berlin Film Festival last month were arrested in a police raid in Istanbul last week.
Newroz Baz and Nazmi Qirix starred in director Yesim Ustaoglu’s film “Journey to the Sun.” The two were arrested by riot police along with 50 others at the Mesopotamian Cultural Center in Istanbul.
Qirix was released Saturday after the German Foreign Office appealed to Turkish authorities for leniency. Baz, however, remains in custody.
In addition to the peace film award, “Journey to the Sun,” which tells the tragic story of a friendship between a Turk and a Kurd in modern-day Turkey, won the Blue Angel European film award.