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

Envy - Kiskanmak



New England Premiere

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Thursday, March 24, 2011    7:30 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Festival opening reception
following the screening

Written and Directed by Zeki Demirkubuz

Adapted from Nahid Sırrı Örik’s Novel

Nergis Ozturk, Serhat Tutumluer, Berrak Tuzunatac, Bora Cengiz, Hasibe Eren, Hatice Aslan

2009 / 96 min. / In Turkish with English subtitles


It’s the 1930s. The Republic Day Ball is in progress in Zonguldak, a coal mining town in Turkey. Among the invited guests are the newcomers to this small and boring town: Halit, a mine engineer; his gorgeous wife, Mükerrem; and Halit’s sister and unwanted household member, Seniha. When Nüshet, whose father is the richest man in town, asks Mükerrem for a dance, Seniha, who has been watching them from a dark corner, immediately realizes that Mükerrem will not be able to resist the incredible (and feminine) beauty of this young man. At the same moment, she also knows that God would lift her up from the place where she has long surrendered to a fate of ugliness, to a place where she would be the one who determines the destiny of beauty.                                                  


  • Golden Boll Film Festival, Adana, Turkey (2010): Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Actress (Nergis Öztürk)
  • Yeşilçam Awards, Istanbul, Turkey (2009): Best Director
  • Golden Orange Film Festival, Antalya, Turkey (2009):  Best Actress (Nergis Öztürk)
  • World Film Festival of Bangkok, Thailand (2010)

Zeki DemirkubuzDirector ZEKI DEMIRKUBUZ

Born in Isparta in 1964, Zeki Demirkubuz is a graduate of the Istanbul University Department of Communications. He began his career as an assistant to director Zeki Okten. His first film, Block C (C Blok, 1994), and his later works have mainly been based on original screenplays conceived and written by Demirkubuz himself. Demirkubuz first gained the notice of film critics and international audiences with Innocence (Masumiyet, 1997) and later with The Third Page (Ucuncu Sayfa, 1999), followed by the successful reception of Fate (Yazgi, 2001) and Confession (Itiraf, 2001). His trilogy of Tales About Darkness which included Fate and Confession concluded with The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odasi, 2003). With Fate and Confession screened in Un Certain Regard, Demirkubuz became the first director to have two films screened at the same time in Cannes. Demirkubuz won FIPRESCI and the Best Director Awards at the Istanbul Film Festival for Fate and Confession. He also won Best Director of the Year Award with The Waiting Room in the Istanbul Film Festival in 2004, which had its North America premiere at the Boston Turkish Film Festival. Destiny (Kader, 2005) and Envy (Kiskanmak, 2009) followed in the following years. Currently he works on his latest film Underground (Yeralti) in production, to be released in 2011. All Demirkubuz films were screened in Boston Turkish Film Festivals in previous years. In 2007, Zeki Demirkubuz was presented the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award.


Yeralti (2011)
Envy / Kiskanmak (2009)
Destiny / Kader (2005)
Waiting Room / Bekleme Odasi (2003)
Confession / Itiraf (2001)
Fate / Yazgi (2001)
Third Page / Ucuncu Sayfa (1999)
Innocence / Masumiyet (1997)
Block C / C Blok (1994)




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