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

Nokta - Dot



North America Premiere

Friday, April 3    8 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and directed by Dervis Zaim

Cast: Mehmet Ali Nuroglu, Serhat Kilic, Settar Tanriögen, Sener Kökkaya, Mustafa Uzunyilmaz, Nadi Güler, Numan Acar

35mm / 2008 / 78 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles


Derviş Zaim’s latest film recounts the tale of a man tormented by a crime he once committed and now anxious to redeem himself. Prevailed upon by a friend, Ahmet is reluctantly involved in the theft of an invaluable antique Koran. However, this act pushes him into unwanted and unfamiliar territory. The action of the film, which advances along an axis of crime and punishment, organically incorporates one of Turkey’s traditional art forms, calligraphy, into the story. Strikingly, calligraphy marks both language and the content in the film’s structure as a single, fluid shot. Dot follows on the heels of Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti Beklerken), a film woven around the traditional art of miniature painting.  



  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2008): Best Digital Film Award
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2008):  Best Director Award and Special Jury Prize
  • Montpellier Film Festival, France (2008): Best Score Award
  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2008): Best Director Award
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece (2008)
  • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2008)
  • Jameson Dublin International Film Festival, Ireland (2009)



Dervis ZaimDervis Zaim was internationally recognized as one of the Turkish cinema’s brightest new talents with his 1997 debut feature Somersault in a Coffin (Tabutta Rövasata). The moving neorealistic portrait of a social outcast in contemporary Istanbul won Zaim recognition and numerous awards worldwide at festivals, including Toronto, San Sebastian, London, San Francisco, Turin, Thessaloniki, Amiens, Montpellier, Chicago and New York’s New Directors/New Films. In 2000, Zaim made his second feature, Elephants and Grass (Filler ve Cimen) (Rotterdam Film Festival), the story of a female runner who falls into danger when an Istanbul hotel sponsors her for a marathon. Based on real life events, the socially critical thriller was a best director winner at Antalya (FIPRESCI at Istanbul) and swept the Turkish Critics’ Awards. His third film Mud (Camur, 2003) focuses on violent past of a divided Cyprus. Mud was UNESCI Award Winner at the Venice Film Festival. His next film Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti Beklerken), winner ofSpecial Jury Award in Adana, Best Artistic Contribution in Cairo, also screened at the 2008 Boston Turkish Film Festival,  uses classical Ottoman aesthetic as a tool for cinematic expression. Before filmmaking, Zaim worked in national television station in Turkey after his studies at the Bosphorus University, Istanbul, and Warwick University, England. He is also the writer of the 1992 award winning novel “Ares in Wonderland”. Now based in Istanbul, Zaim was born in 1964 in the southern Cypriot coastal town of Limasol.




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