Sivas | Kaan Mujdeci | Boston Turkish Film Festival

A family in Anatolian moorlands: a father, barely able to look after his family, a mother like a ghost and a hopeless brother. Anxious to break the chain of fate, Aslan (11) pushes to be the prince in the school play. But his chances are slim: he is trying to compete with Osman (11), son of the village chief. He is given a part in the end, but as a dwarf. Osman is the prince, and Aslan’s dream girl, Ayşe, Snow White. When Aslan finds Sivas, a fighter Kangal dog one day, the balance begins to shift. At first, Aslan doesn’t want Sivas to fight, but the power is there. He wins fights, gets tougher every day and starts to be like the others, until his brother sells Sivas.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Venice Film Festival, Italy (2014): Best Actor (Doğan İzci), Special Jury Prize
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2014): Best Youth Feature Film
  • Abu Dhabi Film Festival (2014): Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Doğan İzci)
  • Angers European First Film Festival, France (2015): Best Actor (Doğan İzci)
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2014): Best Film, Behlül Dal Special Jury Award (Doğan İzci), Best Editing
  • Hong Kong Asian Film Festival (2014)
  • Stockholm Film Festival, Sweden (2014)
  • SIYAD (Turkish Film Critics Association) Awards (2015): Best Editing


Kaan MujdeciKaan Müjdeci moved to Berlin in 2003 in order to study film directing. His short film, Day of German Unity (2010), was bought by several TV channels; and Jerry, his thesis film at the New York Film Academy, was screened at the Berlinale Talent Campus, which he attended in 2011. His documentary, Fathers and Sons, about dog fights in Central Anatolia, served as a platform to write and direct his first feature film entitled Sivas. Shot with production support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Sivas also received a post-production grant from the Istanbul Film Festival's Meetings on the Bridge in 2013.

3:00 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Sivas | Kaan Mujdeci | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Directed by
Kaan Müjdeci


Doğan İzci, Ozan Çelik, Muttalip Müjdeci, Hasan Özdemir, Ezgi Ergin, Furkan Uyar, Banu Fotocan, Hasan Yazılıtaş

2014 / 96 min.
with English subtitles

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