Remis Auditorium, Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Written and Directed by Dervis Zaim
Cast: Settar Tanriögen, Bugra Gülsoy, Nadi Güler, Ahmet Karabiber, Cem Yardimci, Cihan Tariman, Ekrem Yücelten, Erol Refikoglu, Hazar Ergüclü, Konstantinos Gavriel, Osman Alkas, Pantelis Antonas, Popi Avraam
2010 / 116 min. /
In Turkish and Greek with English subtitles
Last film of Zaim's trilogy made around traditional Ottoman arts (Waiting for Heaven/Cenneti Beklerken on miniatures, Dot/Nokta on calligraphy), Shadow and Faces is the coming-of-age story of a young girl who is separated from her father, a Karagöz shadow play master, during the beginning of the conflict between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus in 1963. With a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty, the experiences of the villagers fleeing from their village in the Island’s Karpas region to the relatively secure but alienating city sheds light on the story of Cyprus.
SELECTED FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2011): Best Film (national competition), Best Director, Best Actress (Popi Avraam), Best Supporting Actor (Settar Tanriogen), Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Special Award of the Jury
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2010): Best Film SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) Award, Best Editing
Director Dervis ZAIM
Dervis 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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