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

Uzak Ihtimal - Wrong Rosary


Uzak Ihtimal

North America Premiere

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Friday, April 9, 2010    8:20 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Directed by Mahmut Fazil Coskun
Written by Tarik Tufan, Görkem Yeltan, Bektas Topaloglu
Cast: Nadir Sarıbacak, Görkem Yeltan, Ersan Uysal
2009 / 90 min. / In Turkish with English subtitles


Istanbul is a rare city which shelters interesting stories within its colorful socio-cultural and religious environment. The cities where great ancient cultures had dwelt provide opportunities for vivid relations to arouse between its inhabitants. These cities have the power to add different meanings to the everyday experiences.

Wrong Rosary captures and reveals these deep and vivid sensations. The film follows a love story that could only take place in Istanbul or somewhere alike.

Galata, Istanbul. Muezzin Musa falls in love with his neighbour, a Catholic nurse named Clara. The story gets even more exceptional when Musa meets bibliophile bookseller Yakup who turns out to be connected with Clara. As the lives of these three people begin to intersect, surprises start to emerge.

“The plot sounds like something out of a Harold Robbins novel, but Mahmut Fazil Coskun carefully eliminates any hint of melodrama with the spare, measured, observational visuals of his debut, "Wrong Rosary." Set in an Istanbul of windy streets, antiquarian bookstores and seafront cafes, pic underplays all the elements of the impossible love between a young muezzin and a sheltered woman raised to be a nun, making the city itself a character through which the protags communicate. More incisive personalities would increase sympathies; nevertheless, fests will genuflect, especially after the pic's Tiger win at Rotterdam.” -- Jay Weissberg, Variety


  • International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2009): Best Film Award
  • Crossing Europe Film Festival, Linz, Austria (2009): Best Film Award
  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2009): Best Director, Best Script Awards, Best Actor (Nadir Saribacak)
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2009): Best Director, Best Actor (Nadir Saribacak)
  • Torifest Film Festival, Poland (2009): Special Jury Prize
Mahmut Fazil Coskun


Mahmut Fazil Coskun was born in 1973. He graduated from Yildiz Technical University with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1995. In 2000 he completed his studies on film, television and digital media at UCLA. While he was in the U.S., he shot three short films; with Lighthouse (Deniz Feneri) he won UCLA's Knightly Hours award. After he returned to Turkey he filmed three documentaries. His documentary "Aliya" brought him the 2002 Prize of the Writers' Union of Turkey.


Uzak Ihtimal / Wrong Rosary (2008)
Imam Hatipliler Belgeseli (doc., 2006)
Kominist (doc., 2005)
Yasamak: Cahit Zarifoglu (doc., 2003)
Aliya (doc., 2002)
Isik Evi (short, 2002)
Yarida Kalan Buyuk Deney (short, 2001)




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