Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival6th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 29 - May 13, 2007

 DESTINY  (Kader)

North America Premiere

-- Director Present -- 


 Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award presented to Director Zeki Demirkubuz preceding the screening. Reception following the film.




Sunday, April 1    3:45pm    
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
"... an auteur with a genuine spiritual sensitivity ... one of the world's few convincing existential filmmakers"
"... works of genius elevate the soul." 
-- Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix

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Directed and written by Zeki Demirkubuz
Cast: Ufuk Bayraktar, Vildan Atasever,  Engin Akyurek, Muge Ulusoy, Ozan Bilen, Settar Tanrioğen, Erkan Can, Mustafa Uzunyılmaz, Güzin Alkan, Hikmet Demir, Gönül Çalgan

2006, 107 min.  35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles

Bekir is in love with Ugur, who loves Zagor who loves to commit crimes.  Zagor is released from the jail. When the unfortunate incidents follow one another in a hot and suffocating summer night, Zagor commits a murder. In the same night, Ugur disappears too. This murder is the messenger of the dark and hard days for Ugur’s young mother, her paralyzed father and her younger brother who lived under the protection of young and rich Cevat, whereas it is a hope for the salvation of Bekir . He gets married and starts a new life. 

However, after months when Zagor kills two policemen in Izmir and gets caught, when a new hope arises for Bekir to reach Ugur, an inexorable pursuit that will last for years behind this merciless love, begins. Bekir starts to trail Ugur in cheap countryside nightclubs, third class motel rooms, in joint parties. 

Shot but not giving away. Driven away but not leaving. Degraded, his pride is hurt, he doesn’t mind. Ugur is dragged after Zagor from town to town, prison to prison and Bekir follows Ugur like a loyal, stubborn dog.

While everything is vanishing for a pair of eyes and a beautiful face, love grows with the light of a cigarette put out in the palms, with pain, poverty, tears and badness. Families are torn apart, children grow orphan yet the innocence is never lost.
Festivals and Awards:
Istanbul International Film Festival (upcoming - March/April 2007)
12th Nurnberg Turkey/Germany Film Festival (2007)
Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya: Best Film Award (2006)



Born in Isparta in 1964, Demirkubuz is a graduate of the Istanbul University Department of Communications. He began his career as an assistant to director Zeki Okten. His first film, Block C (C Blok), and his later works have mainly been based on original screenplays conceived and written by Demirkubuz himself. 

Demirkubuz first gained the notice of film critics and international audiences with Innocence (Masumiyet) and later with The Third Page(Ucuncu Sayfa), which were screened at numerous film festivals in Turkey and Europe, including the film festivals of Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. 

This was followed by the successful reception of Fate (Yazgi) and Confession (Itiraf), and both films were screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes. Fate and Confession, are the first two features in Tales About Darkness, a trilogy set to conclude with The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odasi). With Fate and Confession, Zeki Demirkubuz has become the first director to have two films screened at the same time in Cannes. Demirkubuz won a FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) Award and the Best Director Award at the Istanbul Film Festival for Fate and Confession. Fate also won Best Director and Best 3rd Film awards, and the Jury Special Award at the 38th Golden Orange Film Festival in Antalya, Turkey.  Zeki Demirkubuz won the Best Director of the Year Award with The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odasi) in the Istanbul Film Festival on April 24, 2004, which had its North America premiere at the 3rd Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2004. All Demirkubuz films have been screened in various Boston Turkish Film Festivals of the previous years.
Destiny / Kader 2006
The Waiting Room / Bekleme Odasi 2003
Confession / Itiraf 2001
Fate / Yazgi 2001
The Third Page / Ucuncu Sayfa 1999
Innocence / Masumiyet 1997
Block C / C Blok 1994



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