Boston Turkish Film and Music Festival12th ANNUAL BOSTON TURKISH FILM FESTIVAL SM
March 21 - April 27, 2013



East Coast Premiere

Inside - Yeralti

"... an auteur with a genuine spiritual sensitivity ... one of the world's few convincing existential filmmakers"

"... works of genius elevate the soul." 

                                Peter Keough, Boston Pheonix

‘Unless he is ruthless with himself, a wise man can have no pride.’

"A striking adaptation of Dostoyevsky's "Notes from Underground", Zeki Demirkubuz's existential drama "Inside" convincingly transposes the novella's action to contemporary Ankara and allows the Turkish multihyphenate to once again explore the bestial side of human nature... One of literature's most notable antiheros comes to life as slothful civil servant Mr. Muharrem, a social outsider locked in his own obsessive world. Intelligent but oversensitive, he is disillusioned by the corruption of the society in which he lives. The intense, elliptical story of his self-destructive tendencies and insatiable desire for the shameful unfolds through his highly self-conscious point of view and occasional voiceover narration... Recognized for his literary approach to filmmaking, Demirkubuz early on took Dostoyevsky's leitmotifs as the inspiration for his entire oeuvre, having devoured the novelist's writings as a young political prisoner. His take on "Notes" is highly cinematic, and finds an equivalent for the words and punctuation of the source material via visual composition, editing, sound and performance" --  Alissa Simon

Selected Festivals and Awards:

  • Istanbul Film Festival: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor, Audience Award
  • Osians’ Cinefan: Best Asian Film
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress
  • St. Petersburg Film Festival: Audience Award
  • Dubai Film Festival: Best Film, Best Actor
  • Turkish Film Critics’ Association (SIYAD) Awards: Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress


Zeki DemirkubuzBorn in Isparta in 1964, Demirkubuz is a graduate of the Istanbul University Department of Communications. He began his career as an assistant to director Zeki Ökten. His first film, Block C (C Blok), 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) and later with The Third Page (Üçüncü Sayfa), screened at many film festivals, including Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. This was followed by the successful reception of Fate (Yazgı) and Confession (İtiraf), both  screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes, first two features in Tales About Darkness trilogy set to conclude with The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası). Demirkubuz has become the first director to have two films screened at the same time in Cannes (Fate and Confession), and won a FIPRESCI (The International Federation of Film Critics) and Best Director Awards at the Istanbul Film Festival. Fate also won Best Director and Best 3rd Film and Jury Special Awards at the Antalya Film Festival. Zeki Demirkubuz won the Best Director of the Year Award with The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası) in the Istanbul Film Festival in 2004; which had its North America premiere at the Boston Turkish Film Festival in 2004. All Demirkubuz films have been screened at Boston Turkish Film Festivals in previous years. Zeki Demirkubuz is the recipient of BTFF Award for Excellence in Turkish Cinema in 2007.

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Written and Directed by
Zeki Demirkubuz

Cast: Engin Günaydın, Nergis Öztürk, Serhat Tutumluer, Nihal Yalçın, Murat Cemcir, Feridun Koç, Serkan Keskin, Sarp Apak

2012 / 107 min.
with English subtitles

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Thursday, March 21, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.

Festival Opening Reception
following the screening

Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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