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


North America Premiere









Festivals and Awards: 

* Ankara International Film Festival (2008): Best Film, Best Director, Special Jury Award (Nurcan Eren)
* Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2008)
* 57th Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (2007)
* 61st Edinburgh International Film Festival, U.K. (2007)
* 28th Valencia International Film Festival, Spain (2007)
* 29th Montpellier International Film Festival, France (2007)
* 9th Buenos Aires International Film Festival (2007)
* 54th Sydney Film Festival, Australia (2007)
* Dubai International Film Festival (2007)
* Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2007)



Directed and written by Tayfun Pirselimoglu

Cast: Melissa Ahmedi, Riza Akin, Emin Bas, Muhammed Cangören, Gürbüz Demir

2007, 109 minutes, 35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles 


Riza is a truck driver. When his truck breaks down, Riza can’t work and his livelihood is threatened. Using every possible means, he desparately tries to drum up the money for the repairs. And this includes being prepared to commit a brutal crime. 

A feeling of isolation and hopelessness runs through the film. The shabby downtown hotel where Riza lives is populated by figures whose days are marked by agonized waiting. Sometimes on television we can see that there is a faster, louder life out there – the World Cup is in full play. The moment of the act, the crime that solves Riza’s problem, is not depicted: the hotel, the people and their longings are exactly as they were before, but every image now speaks, with great precision in the perception of change, of the difficulties of living with sin. In Riza, Istanbul is inscribed on the map of unatoned crimes, closer to Rakolnikov’s Petersburg than to Woody Allen’s London in Matchpoint. It is not the living metropolis of bars and tourist attractions, but a city that finds itself, much like the film’s protagonists, in a state of uncertain waiting. – Anna Hoffmann



Tayfun Pirselimoglu was born in Trabzon, Turkey in 1959. He graduated from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, and the Academy of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he studied painting and engraving. Along with painting and filmmaking, Pirselimoglu is the author of four novels and writes about cinema and literature in various magazines. He wrote the features İz (1994), Güz Sancisi (2002) and television films Yeni Bir Yıldız (1997) and Ingiliz Kemal (2001) He made his directing debut with the short, My Uncle (1999), followed by the feature Innowhereland (2002), winner of the Special Grand Jury Prize at the Montréal World Film Festival.


Riza (2007)
Innowhereland / Hicbiryerde (2002)
My Uncle / Dayim (1999)


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