18th Annual Boston Turkish Film Festival | March 21 - April 28 2019


North America Premiere

Directed by Banu Sıvacı

Cast: Kemal Burak Alper, Ruhi Sarı, Demet Genç, Michal Elia Kamal, Evren Erler, Mazlum Taşkıran

2018 / 78 min. / with English subtitles

Yusuf is a young man living with his sister and brother in one of Adana’s suburbs. On the rooftop of the building where they live, he passionately feeds and breeds the pigeons he inherited from his father. He is especially attached to a female pigeon named Maverdi. His brother forces him to work and to earn money. Yusuf, who doesn’t know any other world than the one with his pigeons on the roof, will face the life or labor and the harsh realities of his neighborhood.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • SIYAD Turkish Film Critics Association (2019): Ahmet Ulucay Best First Film Award
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2018): Best Youth Feature Film
  • Sofia International Film Festival, Bulgaria (2018): Best Director
  • Berlin International Film Festival, Germany (2018): Nominee for Best First Feature Award and Generation 14-plus Best Film
  • Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece (2018): Best Film
  • Valencia Festival of Mediterranean Cinema, Spain (2018): Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Music
  • Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Music, Best First Film
  • Adana International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): SIYAD Best Film Award
  • Ankara International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Actor (Kemal Burak Alper), Best First Film
  • Boğaziçi Film Festival, Turkey (2018): FIYAB Best Producer
  • Malatya International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Supporting Actor (Ruhi Sarı), Best Music, Best Editing, Special Jury Prize


Banu Sivaci

Banu Sıvacı (Adana, 1987) studied fine arts with a focus on painting at Çukurova University in Adana. She has worked on various films as an assistant director and has directed several short films. The Pigeon (Güvercin) is her debut feature film.





SUNDAY, MARCH 31, 2019
1:30 pm


5:30 pm


Remis Auditorium
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston


Guvercin | The Pigeon

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