Fish | Balik | Dervis Zaim | Boston Turkish Film Festival | Boston Turk Film Festivali

Kaya, a fisherman, lives with his wife, Filiz, in a village on the shores of a lake. They have a young daughter, Deniz, who is unable to speak. In search of a cure for Deniz, Filiz decides to try an ancient alternative remedy. She thinks that feeding the girl a breed of fish believed to be medicinal will heal her disorder. The trouble is, the fish is no longer to be found in the village lake. Filiz sets off for another lake to find it. In the end, she catches eight of the rare fish and starts feeding them to her daughter. When Kaya discovers the fish at home, he has the idea of farming them commercially in the hope of making some money. To set up a fish farm, however, he needs money he doesn’t have.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Adana Golden Boll Film Festival, Turkey (2014): Best Screenplay
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2014)
  • Chennai International Film Festival, India (2014)
  • International Film Festival of India (2014)


Dervis Zaim | Boston Turkish Film Festival | Boston Turk Film FestivaliDerviş Zaim graduated from Boğaziçi University with a degree in management and went on to earn an MA in film and cultural studies from the University of Warwick in the UK. His first feature, Somersault in a Coffin, won several national and international awards. He followed this up with the award-winning Elephants and Grass and then Mud, which won an award in Venice. Next came Waiting for Heaven, Dot and Shadows and Faces, a trilogy reflecting on three of Turkey's traditional art forms. He is also author of the 1992 award-winning novel, 'Ares in Wonderland'. Zaim lectures on filmmaking at a number of universities. In 2012, Boston Turkish Film Festival and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston co-presented the first retrospective of Derviş Zaim films.

Derviş Zaim was presented the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award in 2011.

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
12:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston



Fish | Balik | Dervis Zaim | Boston Turkish Film Festival | Boston Turk Film Festivali

Directed by
Derviş Zaim


Bülent İnal, Sanem Çelik,
Gizem Akman, Myroslava Kostyeva

2014 / 80 min.
with English subtitles

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