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

 A MAN'S FEAR OF GOD   (Takva)

New England Premiere





Festivals and Awards: 

Berlin International Film Festival (2007): FIPRESCI Prize
* Geneva Film Festival, Switzerland (2007): Best Actor (Erkan Can)
* Asia-Pacific Film Festival (2007): Best Actor (Erkan Can)
* Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia-Herzegovina (2007): Heart of Sarajevo Best Picture, Jury Prize for Best Film
* Istanbul International Film Festival (2007): Best Actor (Erkan Can)
* Nuremberg Film Festival “Turkey-Germany” (2007): Best Actor (Erkan Can)
* Flanders International Film Festival, Belgium (2007)
* Tribeca Film Festival, USA (2007)
* Toronto International Film Festival (2006): Innovation Award
* Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2006): Best Actor (Erkan Can), Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Music, Best Screenplay, Best Make-Up, Best Laboratory, Jury Special Award (Sevil Demirci/Producer)


Directed by Ozer Kiziltan

Written by Onder Cakar

Cast: Erkan Can, Güven Kirac, Meray Ülgen, Öznur Kula, Erman Saban, Murat Cemcir, Settar Tanriogen, Engin Günaydın

2006, 96 minutes, 35mm.
In Turkish with English subtitles 

The name of the film, ‘Takva’, which refers to one of the basic concepts of Islamic teaching, means fear of God and avoidance of sin. The film questions whether ‘Takva’ is possible within a capitalist system. The film’s protagonist Muharrem leads an extremely humble, simple life in the isolated world he has constructed for himself. He is then offered a job by the sheikh at the lodge he frequents. The sheikh, who has noticed Muharrem’s indifference to worldly pleasures, his sense of responsibility and his utter commitment to his faith, gives him the job of collecting rent from the properties owned by the order. Despite the drawbacks, Muharrem cannot refuse the insistent sheik and agrees. However, the job forces him into moral conflicts that irreversibly disrupt the balances of his small world. 

He was born in Istanbul in 1963. He studied Law at Istanbul University and later studied cinema & TV to become his dream of becoming a film director. "Takva" is his first feature film, but he has directed several TV series for Turkish television. He associated in 1997 with a few filmmaker friends in a production company, Yeni Sinemacilar (New Filmmakers) and has worked in different positions in four feature films made by Yeni Sinemacilar. "Takva" is their fifth film together. All the films they have were acclaimed in Turkey, were shown in many international festivals and won awards.


Sessiz Fırtına (TV Series, 2007)
Takva (2006)
Yalancı Yarim" (TV Series, 2006)
Kurşun Yarası (TV Series, 2003)
Gülbeyaz (TV mini-series, 2002) 



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