Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival9th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 25 - May 30, 2010



Best Short Film Award winner in the 14th Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition

Saturday, April 10, 2010    1:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Directed by Cagla Zencirci &Guillaume Giovanetti
Cast: Ceyda Bakbasa, Ahatjan Ali
Short / 2008 / 26 min. / Turkey, France / In Turkish and French with English subtitles


Ceyda, a young Turkish woman arrives in France to live with the man she loves. But very soon, she has to face an unexpected loneliness… until when she meets, on the construction site next door, an old Asian man, who turns out to speak a language close to hers.


  • Boston Turkish Arts and Culture Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition, USA (2009): Best Short Film Award
  • International Vaulx-en-Velin Short Film Festival, France (2009): Youth Jury Award
  • International IF Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2009): Best Short Film Award
  • International Tétouan Mediterranean Cinema Festival, Morocco (2009): Grand Prix
  • CNC Best Short Film Award, Romania (2009)
  • International Film Festival <Con-Can>, Tokyo, Japan (2008): Grand Prix and Public Award
  • International Créteil Women Film Festival, France (2008): Prize of the Best French Short Film and Fresnes Award
  • International Villeurbanne Short Film Festival, France (2008): Best Script Award
  • International Montpellier Short Film Festival, France (2008): Special Jury Prize
  • International Contis Short Film Festival (2008): Audience Award
  • Fuji Awards Festival, Paris, France (2008): Public Award
  • International Tirana Film Festival, Albania (2008): Special Mention of the Jury
  • International Villeurbanne Short Film Festival, France (2008): Special Mention of the INSA
  • Selected among the 10 Best Turkish Short Films in 2009 by the Turkish Center of Cinema


Cagla ZencirciCagla Zencirci (Ankara, 1976) and Guillaume Giovanetti (Lyon, 1978) directed several documentaries in the Middle East and Central Asia, among which Recovering Barn, shot in Iran, was awarded the Special Prize of the Jury in Ankara in 2005 and purchased by Planète.

They were then selected at 2 Direction Residences in South Italy. They directed, in particular, under the guidance of Guillaume GiovanettiAbbas Kiarostami, the documentary fiction Carnegami, winner of Special Prize of the Jury in Saint-Maur Festival (France, 2006), Best Film Award in Noci (Italy, 2007), and screened in many festivals in Europe, North America and Asia.

They had the opportunity to shoot a fiction documentary, shantyGARDENtown in Turkey and Germany, which competed in Berlinale 2007 and was awarded the Best Short Documentary Award in Barcelona (Spain, 2007). The film was also broadcasted on TVE, the Spanish national TV channel, and currently is screened in all Europe.

Their new film Six, a documentary fiction shot in Japan, premieres at the 20th International Documentary Festival Marseilles. They are also working on their first feature film, DIL !, a road movie through Pakistan, between fiction and documentary.

The Film Project, developed in a residency in Le Moulin d'Andé, France, was selected to the European Union-supported Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders Programme in San Sebastian, to the MEDIA-supported co-production markets Mannheim Meetings (Germany) and Alba Projects (Italy), and has been awarded the CNC Feature Film Development Grant of the Mediterranean Festival of Montpellier. In 2007, it was granted the MEDIA program Feature Film Development Fund, which allowed the co-directors to make several months of location scouting and pre-castings on stage in 2008, before the shooting.



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