Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival7th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 27 - May 11, 2008

 WAITING FOR HEAVEN (Cenneti Beklerken)

North America Premiere





Festivals and Awards: 

Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2007): Best Special Effects
* Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2007): Best Art Direction, Best Music
* Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2007)
* Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2007)
* Med Film Festival, Rome, Italy (2006)



Directed and written by Dervis Zaim

Cast: Serhat Tutumluer, Melisa Sözen, Mesut Akusta, Nihat Ileri, Riza Sönmez

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


Waiting for Heaven is a road film set in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. Croatian recruit Eflatun, a master miniaturist, has abandoned his art after losing his wife and child. To immortalize them, he begins to draw them in the Western style forbidden by Islam. But the ‘transgression’ further afflicts his already shattered soul. He is then appointed by the grand vizier to paint the portrait of Prince Danyal, who has led an uprising against the sultan in Anatolia. Eflatun has no choice; accompanied by bodyguards, he sets off or revolt-stricken Anatolia… Through Eflatun’s experiences, Dervis Zaim tackles issues such as the East-West divide, the relationship between the virtual and the real and the artist-power conflict. And using the unusual concepts of time and space characterizing miniature paintings, he shapes the narrative and aesthetics of the film. Waiting for Heaven is a noteworthy stylistic endeavour that adds a new dimension to the traditional approach to history in Turkish cinema. – Nadir Operli


  Director DERVIS ZAIM:

Dervis Zaim graduated from the Bogazici University Department of Management. He earned a master’s degree in film and cultural studies at the University of Warwick in the UK. The first feature he wrote and directed, “Somersault in Coffin / Tabutta Rövasata”, won several national and international awards. He followed this up with the award winning “Elephants and Grass / Filler ve Cimen”, and “Mud / Camur”, which won a prize at Venice. He currently teaches at Bilgi and Bogazici Universities.


Waiting for Heaven / Cenneti Beklerken (2006)
Parallel Trips / Paralel Yolculuklar (Documentary, 2004)
Mud / Camur (2003)
Elephants and Grass / Filler ve Cimen (2000)
Somersault in a Coffin / Tabutta Rövasata (1996)


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