Ben O Değilim

I'm Not Him | Ben O Degilim | Tayfun Pirselimoglu | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Middle-aged, unmarried loner Nihat works in a hospital cafeteria. When young colleague Ayşe invites him to her house for dinner, he accepts despite rumors that her husband, Necip, is in jail for a serious offence. When Nihat sees a wedding photograph, he notices that Ayşe’s imprisoned husband looks an awful lot like him. The awkward relationship that ensues changes Nihat’s life more profoundly than he could ever have foreseen.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona L'Artevnativa, Spain (2014): Best Film Award
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2014): Best Screenplay, National Competition/Best Turkish Film of the Year, Best Music
  • Mooov Film Festival, Belgium (2014): Best Film by Young Jury
  • Nantes Festival des 3 Continents, France (2013): Special Mention
  • Rome Film Festival, Italy (2013): Best Screenplay
  • Scarborough Film Festival, Canada (2014): Grand Prix for Film, Outstanding Directional Achievement
  • Edinburgh Film Festival, U.K. (2014)
  • Rotterdam Film Festival, The Netherlands (2014)
  • Sydney Film Festival, Australia (2014)
  • SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) Awards (2015 - to be announced): Nominated for Best Actor (Ercan Kesal), Best Music, Best Cinematography, Best Art Directing


Tayfun Pirselimoglu | Boston Turkish Film FestivalTayfun Pirselimoğlu is an internationally acclaimed film director, author, and painter. Born in Trabzon, Turkey, Pirselimoğlu graduated from the Middle East Technical University. After his graduation he went to Vienna and studied painting at Hochschule fur Angewandte Kunst (Academy of Applied Arts). He held various exhibitions in different cities of the world, including Vienna, Istanbul, Ankara, Budapest, Tallinn, and many others. He is one of the founders of the Independent Art Initiative of Akademie Genius where he lectured at on script-writing, cinema, and painting. He also conducted workshops in filmmaking in cities such as Vienna, Athens, and Ankara.

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu is the author of five novels; Tales from the Desert (Çöl Masalları), The Album of Missing Persons (Kayıp Şahıslar Albümü), Melancholia (Malihülya), Towers of the City (Şehrin Kuleleri), "Harry Lime'ın En Yeni Hayatları ya da Üçüncü Adam'a Övgü". He is also author of a story book,The Hotel Rooms (Otel Odaları).

Pirselimoğlu started his film career as a script writer and wrote many scripts of short and feature films. He directed his short film, My Uncle (Dayım) in 1999, and then Il Silenzio e Doro (Sükut Altındır) in 2002, both of which received many national and international awards.

In 2002 Pirselimoğlu shot his first feature film, Hiçbiryerde (Innowhereland), which also brought him numerous awards. He made the trilogy of "conscience and death", which includes Rıza (2007), Haze (Pus, 2009), and Hair (Saç, 2010) all recognized in many film festivals, including the Boston Turkish Film Festival.

Tayfun Pirselimoğlu was presented the Boston Turkish Film Festival Excellence in Turkish Cinema Award in 2012.


SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015
2:30 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston



I'm Not Him | Ben O Degilim | Tayfun Pirselimoglu | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Directed by
Tayfun Pirselimoğlu


Ercan Kesal, Maryam Zaree

2013 / 127 min.
with English subtitles

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