The Little Film That Couldn’t

The strange saga of Atom Egoyan’s controversial film, Ararat, continues apace in Turkey. “Turkish newspapers were reporting yesterday that the Istanbul-based distributor of [the film] is in contact with associates of a right-wing nationalist group that forced the distributor this week to postpone Ararat’s screening in Turkey.” Officially, the Turkish government is still allowing the film to be screened, but plans for its debut were scrapped this week in the wake of violent threats from the nationalists. Egoyan considered traveling to Turkey himself, to make the case for his film, but has scrapped the idea as “foolish.”