Boston Turkish Film Festival

The Films of Dervis Zaim
February 23-26, 2012

Filler ve Cimen - Elephants and Grass


Filler ve Cimen

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 1:00 p.m.

Alfond Auditorium (G36)
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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Written and Directed by Dervis Zaim

Cast: Ali Sürmeli, Sanem Celik, Bulent Kayabas, Haluk Bilginer, Ugur Polat, Semir Aslanyurek, Ezel Akay

2000 / 115 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles




Elephants and Grass is a film filled with disparate characters: a corrupt politician, a dishonest intelligence officer, a hitman, a mafia leader, a marathon runner, and a war veteran. Their stories overlap and link one another through the central motif of ebru, the traditional Turkish art of watercolor on fabric.



  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2001): FIPRESCI Prize, Best Actress (Sanem Celik)
  • Bratislava International Film Festival, Slovakia (2001): Grand Prix
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (2000): Behlul Dal Special Jury Award, Best Director, Best Actress (Sanem Celik), Best Art Direction, Best Editing




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