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Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

Kusturica had planned to perform alongside his rock band, No Smoking Orchestra.

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica performs in Yalta, Crimea, in September. A planned concert in Tbilisi was canceled after an outcry related to the artist's visit to South Ossetia and support for Russia. (photo: No Smoking Orchestra)

Serbian film director and musician Emir Kusturica’s upcoming concert in Tbilisi has been postponed after an outcry due to the filmmaker’s 2009 visit to South Ossetia, shortly after Georgia lost a war with Russia over the territory.

According to Georgia's Law on Occupied Territories, it is illegal to visit South Ossetia without Tbilisi's permission. After the tickets went on sale on September 26, Georgian Interior Minister Giorgi Mgebrishvili said police would “act in accordance with the law,” without specifying what that meant.

The Art Media Group, who organized the event, said by way of explanation that they learned about Kusturica’s visit to South Ossetia only after arranging the concert.

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Acclaimed Filmmaker’s Trip to Georgia Postponed After South Ossetia Controversy

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