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

Karanliktakiler - In Darkness



U.S. Premiere

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Saturday, April 3, 2010    3:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and Directed by Cagan Irmak
Cast: Erdem Akakce, Meral Cetinkaya, Derya Alabora
2009 / 100 min. / In Turkish with English subtitles



A mother, whose life has been shaped by moral judgments of the middle-class and a young man who is forced to live with her in her own private hell. In Darkness tells the story of a miniature hell tucked away in a house which, from the outside, looks very normal. This story of an unusual mother and son combination is sometimes frightening, sometimes suspenseful, and sometimes funny.


  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (April 2010): in competition
  • Montreal World Film Festival, Quebec-Canada (2009): international premiere


Cagan IrmakCagan Irmak was born in Izmir in 1970. He graduated from Aegean University, School of Press and Broadcasting from the Department of Radio-TV. He was awarded the Sedat Simavi Prize for his short films Fairy-Tale and Victim, which were shot during his time at the university. In 1992, he started working in the movie industry as an assistant director to various acclaimed directors. His short film Play Me Old and Wise, which he both wrote and directed, was awarded the first runner up prize at IFSAK (Istanbul Photography and Cinema Association) in 1998.

After his extensive experience as an assistant director, Irmak started to work as a director in television and quickly made a name for himself with his original style of story-telling and his technical expertise. He eventually became a household name with two projects; Asmali Konak (2002), which was also shown on Greek television, and Cemberimde Gul Oya (2004), which was a project that he had written himself and had managed to shed light on a specific period of political history bringing a wide range of audiences together despite their generational gaps.

His first feature film Wish Me Luck (Bana Sans Dile) was produced in 2001. In 2003 his second feature film which he wrote and directed, All About Mustafa (Mustafa Hakkinda Hersey), was highly acclaimed by film critics. In 2005 his third feature film, which he again had both written and directed, My Father and Son (Babam ve Oglum) was awarded the Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture prizes by SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics' Association). After telling a fantastic story with The Messenger (Ulak) in 2007, the director made a great ticketbox success in Turkey in 2008 with Alone (Issiz Adam) which was also written and directed by him.

Most of Cagan Irmak's earlier works were screened at the Boston Turkish Film Festival; All About Mustafa in 2006, My Father and Son in 2007, and The Messenger in 2009.




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