Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival10th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 24 - April 30, 2011

Cenneti Beklerken - Waiting for Heaven


Cenneti Beklerken


Boston Turkish Film Festival Award for Excellence in Turkish Cinema Ceremony preceding the screening

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Friday, March 25, 2011    7:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and Directed by Dervis Zaim

Serhat Tutumluer, Melisa Sozen, Mesut Akusta, Nihat Ileri, Riza Sonmez

2006 / 107 min. / In Turkish with English subtitles


Eflatun is a master miniature artist who's living in 17th century Istanbul. One day, he's taken to the vizier's mansion by force. There he learns that Danyal, one of the Ottoman princes who has ignited an insurrection, is arrested in a far off state and to be executed soon. Eflatun is ordered to make a portrait of the rebel prince who's been condemned to death in a Western manner to help the authorities be certain on the identity of him. Upon the order, Eflatun sets off for an arduous journey to Anatolia. He picks up a girl named Leyla en route. Together, they find themselves in a great venture fraught with sensations.


  • Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2007): Best Special Effects
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2007): Best Art Direction, Best Music
  • Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt (2007)
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2007)
  • Med Film Festival, Rome, Italy (2006)


Dervis ZaimDervis Zaim was educated at Namık Kemal Lyceé and graduated in Business Administration from Bogazici University in 1988. He attended a course in independent film production in London and made an experimental video, Hang the Camera (1991). He subsequently wrote, produced and directed numerous television programs starting with the documentary Rock around the Mosque (1993). He completed his masters degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick in 1994. His first novel, Ares in Wonderland (1995), won the prestigious Yunus Nadi literary prize in Turkey.

Somersault in a Coffin (Tabutta Rövasata, 1996) was his debut as director and screenwriter, which won awards at film festivals in Antalya, Montpellier, San Francisco, Thessalonika and Torino. It was followed by Elephants and Grass (Filler ve Cimen, 2000), which won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul, and Mud (Camur, 2003), the winner of  the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival.

Dervis Zaim co-directed the documentary Parallel Trips (2004) with Panicos Chrysanthou, in which the two directors, from opposite sides of the divided island of Cyprus, recorded the human dramas that unfolded during the war of 1974 and the legacy that remains today. He later produced the Greek Cypriot director's fictional feature debut Akamas (2006) about a love affair between a Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot.

Zaim made a trilogy of films, themed around traditional Turkish arts, consisting of Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti Beklerken, 2006), which was nominated for the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival, Dot (Nokta, 2008), which won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul, and Shadows and Faces (2010), which won the Turkish Film Critics Association Award at the 47th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Dervis Zaim also teaches at Bilgi University and Bogazici University.


Golgeler ve Suretler / Shadows and Faces (2010)
Nokta / Dot (2007)
Cenneti Beklerken / Waiting for Heaven (2006)
Paralel Yolculuklar / Parallel Trips (doc., 2004)
Camur / Mud (2003)
Filler ve Cimen / Elephants and Grass (2000)
Tabutta Rovasata / Somersault in a Coffin (1996)
Rock around the Mosque (TV doc., 1993)
Kamerayı As / Hang the Camera (experimental video, 1991)




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