Thursday, February 01, 2007

Berlinale 2007 | TAKVA – A MAN’S FEAR OF GOD

With the objective of discovering films for the coming European arthouse season and providing the market with inspiration, the Panorama has sought to explore cutting-edge works by contemporary filmmakers and bridge the gap between artistic visions and commercial interests. The Panorama films will screen as either world or European premieres.TAKVA
Berlinale 2007 [1]| Panorama |Special

96 Min. 35 mm, 1:1.85 |color | Directed by Ozer Kiziltan; Written by Onder Cakar ; Cinematography Soykut Turan; Edited by Andrew Bird ; Musik Gokce Akcelik ; Produced by Sevil Demirci , Onder Cakar ; Co-produced by Fatih Akin, Klaus Maeck, Andreas Thiel ; Executice producer Feridun Koc, Falk H. Nagel | Corazon International, Hamburg co production
Cast: (Muharrem) Erkan Can;(Rauf)Guven Kirac;(Sheikh) Meray Ulgen;(Dream women/Sheikhs Daughter) Oznur ; (Muhittin) Erman Saban, (Mahmut) Murat Cemcir; (Ali) Settar Tanriogen

For over 30 years, Muharrem has led a quiet life as an employee in the same traditional part of Istanbul where he was born. A modest, introverted and lonely man of humble circumstances, he is a strict observer of the Islamic precepts: he prays a great deal and practices sexual abstinence. Muharrem’s religious devotion brings him to the attention of the leaders of a rich and powerful religious group. His reputation for being trustworthy and duteous prompts them to offer him job as a rent collector for their numerous properties.
Muharrem receives a new set of clothes; he is given a mobile phone and computer. All at once he finds himself in a world that he had previously

succeeded in evading. Before long he begins to encounter such things as hypocrisy and alcoholic excess; to his own consternation he discovers his own penchant for tyranny and pride and even becomes an unwitting accom plice in a con trick. His inner peace is over. Day and night he is tor-
tured by the image of a seductive woman who haunts his dreams. Until now, Muharrem was able to differentiate between worldly and spiritual values. But now the balance and order of his devout existence is in ruins and his fear of God’s punishment is tearing him apart.

Production: Yeni Sinemacilar |Sofyali Sok. 26/14, Beyoglu TURKEY-Istanbul
T: 212-245 30 41 |F: 212-245 30 41 |

World Sales:The Match Factory GmbH |Sudermanplatz 2 D-50670 Koln
T: 0221-292 10 20 |F: 0221-292 10 21-0 |

Ozer Kiziltan Biography

Born in Istanbul in 1963, he graduated in law from Istanbul University before taking up studies at the Film and Television Academy of Mimar Sinan, where he graduated in 1994. He has made several television series. TAKVA marks his debut as a screen director.
Ozer Kiziltan Filmography
2002 GULBEYAZ TV-Series
2004 MUJGAN BEY TV-Serie s
2006 TAKVA

[1] Screenings at the festival:
Mon Feb 12 19:00 Zoo Palast 1 (E)
Tue Feb 13 11:00 CinemaxX 7 (E)
Sat Feb 17 19:00 Zoo Palast 1 (E)

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