13th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 20 - April 26 2014



Cyle - Devir - Dervis Zaim

According to the tradition of the shepherd contest held each year in the village of Hasanpaşa -a district of Burdur- shepherds, one by one, go into a small puddle with their herds, and pass the water without hesitation and quickly, with their sheep after them. To dye the sheepskin, shepherds in the contest, use a powder coat obtained by sifting fragments of a red rock. However, the marble quarry built around the village makes it difficult to find red rock. A young shepherd named Ali buys red powder coat from an ironmonger in the city. Villagers dye their sheep with the powder coat he has brought from city, in that year´s competition. However, Ali still fails in the competition. Fed up with sheepherding, Ali finds a job as driver in the nearby marble quarry.

"This film deals with the weird, funny, and from time to time tragic world of shepherds, who remain in limbo between their beliefs and the modern world, struggling to learn or to teach where they belong. The way the film uses documentary-style, fiction, and fantastic elements aims to bring a different approach to cinema. I take it that The Cycle is a film which sustains the tendency to utilise tradition as in my previous films, in a different way and frame this time." - Derviş Zaim

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Istanbul Film Festival, Turkey (2013)
  • Edinburgh Film Festival, U.K. (2013)
  • Jagran Film Festival, India (2013)
  • Rome Turkish Film Festival, Italy (2013)
  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2013)



Dervis ZaimDerviş Zaim's Somersault in a Coffin (Tabutta Rövaşata, 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 Çimen, 2000), which won awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul, and Mud (Çamur, 2003), the winner of  the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival. Zaim made a trilogy, themed around traditional Turkish arts: Waiting for Heaven (Cenneti Beklerken, 2006), nominated for the Golden Tulip at the Istanbul International Film Festival; Dot (Nokta, 2008), winning awards at film festivals in Antalya and Istanbul; and Shadows and Faces (Gölgeler ve Suretler, 2010), winner of the Turkish Film Critics Association Award at the 47th International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.

Derviş Zaim is the recipient of the 2011 Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award.

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Written and Directed by
Derviş Zaim

Doc. /
2012 / 75 min.
with English subtitles

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Sunday, March 23, 2014 | 3:30 p.m. Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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