A Tribute to the Centennial of the Gallipoli

The Water Diviner | Russell Crowe

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe makes his directorial debut on “The Water Diviner,” an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery. Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the Battle of Gallipoli.  Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayşe, a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan, who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan, a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope.  With seemingly insurmountable obstacles in his path, Connor must travel across the battle-scarred Turkish landscape to find the truth…and his own peace.

Crowe directed “The Water Diviner” from a screenplay by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastasios. The team collaborating with Crowe behind the scenes included Oscar-winning director of photography Andrew Lesnie (“The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King”), production designer Christopher Kennedy, editor Matt Villa, and costume designer Tess Schofield.  The score was composed by two-time Oscar nominee David Hirschfelder (“Elizabeth,” “Shine”).

“The Water Diviner” recently won three Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards in the categories of Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor for Yılmaz Erdoğan and Best Costume Design.  It had received five additional nominations, for Best Lead Actor (Crowe), Best Supporting Actress (McKenzie), Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design and Best Editing.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards (2015): Best Film , Best Supporting Actor (Yılmaz Erdoğan), Best Costume Design


Russell Crowe | Boston Turkish Film FestivalRussell Crowe, born in New Zealand, is an actor, film producer and musician, and lives mostly in Australia and the United States. He came to international attention for his role as the Roman General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 historical epic film “Gladiator”, directed by Ridley Scott, for which Crowe won an Academy Award for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and 10 further nominations for best actor. Crowe appeared as the tobacco firm whistle blower Jeffrey Wigand in the 1999 film ‘The Insider”, for which he received five awards as best actor and seven nominations in the same category. In 2001, Crowe's portrayal of mathematician and Nobel Prize winner John F. Nash in the biopic “A Beautiful Mind” brought him numerous awards, including a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role.

Crowe's other films include “Romper Stomper’ (1992), “L.A. Confidential” (1997), “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World” (2003), “Cinderella Man” (2005), “3:10 to Yuma” (2007), “American Gangster” (2007), “Body of Lies” (2008), “Robin Hood” (2010), “The Next Three Days” (2010), “Les Misérables” (2012), “Man of Steel” (2013), “Winter's Tale” (2014), and “Noah” (2014). Crowe's work has earned him several honors during his career including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, three consecutive Academy Award nominations (1999–2001), one Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, one BAFTA, and an Academy Award. He is the co-owner of the South Sydney Rabbitohs, an Australian National Rugby League team.

7:30 pm
Remis Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Son Umut | The Water Diviner | Boston Turkish Film Festival

Directed by
Russell Crowe


Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko,
Yılmaz Erdoğan, Cem Yılmaz, Jai Courtney, Ryan Corr, James Fraser, Ben O’Toole, Jacqueline McKenzie, Isabel Lucas,
Mert Fırat, Deniz Akdeniz

2014 / 111 min.
In English

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