Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival8th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 27 - May 9, 2009

Messenger - Ulak



New England Premiere

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Friday, April 3    5:50 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and directed by Cagan Irmak

Cast: Cetin Tekindor, Hümeyra, Yetkin Dikinciler, Serif Sezer, Kaya Akkaya, Melis Birkan, Feride Cetin, Sener Kökkaya

2007 / 102 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles


The Messenger is a timeless and placeless story, a fairy tale, and a film about Mevlana’s philosophy . The film tells the tale of the eponymous Messenger İbrahim, a tongue-tied man gone mad, through the eyes and the words of Zekeriya, a storyteller who travels from village to village. As he tells his tale in a village that carries the burden of all the world’s sins, Zekeriya causes a revolution. The silence is voiced, darkness is illuminated, and believers who trust Messenger İbrahim will come and save them one day start to wait for him.



  • Cairo Film Festival, Egypt (2008)
  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2008): People’s Choice Award for Best Film in the National Competition
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2008): Audience Jury Best Picture and Most Promising Newcomer Awards (Kaya Akkaya)



Cagan IrmakBorn in 1970 in Seferihisar, Izmir. He graduated in 1992 from the Ege University Faculty of Communications with a degree on television. He received the prestigious "Sedat Simavi Awards" with two short films Masal (The Tale) and Kurban (The Sacrifice)  which he filmed while he was still a student. Beginning in 1992, he worked in cinema as assistant to many well-known directors in Turkey. He was awarded first prize by IFSAK for Bana Old and Wise'i Cal (Play me Old and Wise). In 1999 he wrote and directed two TV projects, Günaydın Istanbul Kardes (Good Morning Brother Istanbul) and Cilekli Pasta (Strawberry Cake). He has also written and directed popular TV series such as Sasifelek Cikmazi and Asmali Konak, latter bringing him around 20 awards. He wrote and directed his first feature film, Bana Sans Dile (Wish Me Luck) in 2001. Irmak took part as an actor in the 2000 production, Beni Unutma.  Cagan Irmak's 2004 film Mustafa Hakkında Hersey (All About Mustafa) was screened in the 5th Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2006 and Babam ve Oglum (My Father and Son) was screened in 2007.

Selected Filmography:

Issız Adam (2008)
Ulak / Messenger (2007)   
Babam ve Oglum / My Father and My Son (2005)    
Mustafa Hakkında Hersey / All About Mustafa (2004)            





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