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

Siyah Beyaz - Black & White


Siyah Beyaz

North America Premiere


Saturday, March 26, 2011    3:00 p.m.
Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Written and Directed by Ahmet Boyacioglu

Tuncel Kurtiz, Erkan Can, Sevval Sam, Taner Birsel, Nejat Isler, Derya Alabora, Riza Sonmez, Muzaffer Ozdemir, Serhat Tutumluer, Almila Uluer, Dilara Yalcin

2010 / 92 min. / In Turkish with English subtitles


The debut feature from revered Turkish film programmer, administrator and writer Ahmet Boyacioglu is an affectionate tribute to the legendary (real-life) art gallery and bar Siyah Beyaz (Black and White) which has been a fixture in the nightlife of modern Ankara for decades. The venerable Siyah Beyaz bar is viewed as a landmark of high culture and intellectualism in Ankara. Boyacioglu uses this setting as a springboard to introduce his five protagonists – a dysfunctional family of sorts – all of whom are regulars at the bar. Bar manager Faruk is a stubborn but sweet man and keeping him company are the ageing sage painter Ahmet Nihat; the lawyer-turned-businessman Muzaffer, who has a bizarre interest in snails; headstrong Ayten, who has managed to fashion loneliness into a lifestyle;  and the brilliant surgeon, nicknamed ‘Doktor’.


  • Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, Germany (2010)
  • Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival, Turkey (2010)
  • Festival on Wheels, Turkey (2010)


Ahmet Boyacioglu

Dr. Ahmet Boyacioglu was born in 1953 in Zonguldak. He graduated from Ankara University with a degree in medicine and spent twenty years working as a general surgeon. From 1988-1995 he served on the executive committee of the Ankara International Film Festival. Since 1995 he has been General Secretary of the Festival on Wheels as well as chairing Ankara Cinema Association. Between 2005 and 2007, he took on the role of Turkey’s national representative for Eurimages, the Council of Europe Cinema Fund. He also writes on cinema in various newspapers and magazines. Black & White is Dr. Boyacioglu’s first feature film.  



Siyah Beyaz / Black & White (2010)
Cenaze Toreni / Funeral (short, 2001)
3x8=24 (short, 2001)




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