Dervis Zaim

  • Dervis Zaim – Cenneti Beklerken aka Waiting for Heaven (2006)

    Drama2001-2010Dervis ZaimTurkey

    Review by Necla Algan:
    A masterpiece from Derviş Zaim, one of the most original directors of Turkish cinema…
    There can be little doubt that Waiting for Heaven ranks as one of the most important works of Turkish cinema. Here is a film that stands out for its unique story and visual richness, its original themes and multi-layered, poetic narrative.
    The central character of Waiting for Heaven is Eflatun, a miniaturist… Set in the 17th century, the film uses Eflatun’s personal story as a springboard for exploring a multiplicity of themes including the identity of the artist, the relationship between art and reality, the period of history in question and the struggle for power.Read More »

  • Dervis Zaim – Gölgeler ve suretler AKA Shadows And Faces (2010)

    Drama2001-2010Dervis ZaimTurkey


    Turkish Cypriot filmmaker Derviş Zaim’s most recent directorial effort, “Gölgeler ve Suretler” (Shadows and Faces) in which he tackles the inter-communal violence his homeland experienced in the 1960s, through the story of a father and daughter.

    Shadow and Faces is the coming-of-age story of a young girl who is separated from her father, a Karagöz shadow play master, during the beginning of the conflict between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus in 1963. With a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty, the experiences of the villagers fleeing from their village in the Island’s Karpas region to the relatively secure but alienating city sheds light on the story of Cyprus.Read More »

  • Dervis Zaim – Tabutta rövasata AKA Somersault in a Coffin (1996)

    Drama1991-2000Dervis ZaimTurkey

    Somersault in a Coffin (Turkish: Tabutta Rövaşata) is a 1996 Turkish film, written and directed by Derviş Zaim, about a homeless criminal and car thief. The film, which was released on November 15, 1996, received awards at several international film festivals including the Golden Orange for best film at the Antalya International Film Festival.Read More »

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