Boston Turkish Film Festival

The Films of Dervis Zaim
February 23-26, 2012

Tabutta Rovasata - Somersault in a Coffin


Tabutta Rovasata

Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 3:30 p.m.

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

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Written and Directed by Dervis Zaim

Cast: Ahmet Ugurlu, Tuncel Kurtiz, Aysen Aydemir

1996 / 76 min.
In Turkish with English subtitles




The winter nights are bitter cold in Istanbul, and Mahsun steals food and cars in an attempt to survive. A gritty portrait of Istanbul, the film captures a mood of frustration and disenchantment with authority, and questions what constitutes a crime.



  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (1997): Special Prize of the Jury, FIPRESCI Prize
  • Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France (1997): Critics' Award, Golden Antigone Special Mention
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival, Greece (1997): Silver Alexander Prize, Best Actor
  • San Fransisco International Film Festival, USA (1998): SKYY Prize
  • Torino International Festival of Young Cinema, Italy (1997): Jury Special Prize, Audience Award
  • Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival, Turkey (1996): Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Ahmet Ugurlu), Best Editing
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (1997): Best Actor (Ahmet Ugurlu)



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