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


East Coast Premiere


Directed by Çağla Zencirci and Guillaume Giovanetti

Cast: Damla Sönmez, Erkan Kolçak Köstendil, Emin Gürsoy, Elit İşcan

2018 / 95 min. / with English subtitles

25-year-old Sibel lives with her father and sister in a secluded village in the mountains of Turkey's Black Sea region. Sibel is a mute, but she communicates by using the ancestral whistled language of the area. Rejected by her fellow villagers, she relentlessly hunts down a wolf that is said to be prowling in the neighboring forest, sparking off fears and fantasies among the village women. There she crosses path with a fugitive. Injured, threatening and vulnerable, he is the first one to take a fresh look at her.

The whistle language in the film was admitted to the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List in 2017.

Selected Festivals and Awards

  • Locarno International Film Festival, Switzerland (2018): FIPRESCI Prize, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury
  • Hamburg International Film Festival, Germany (2018): Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-productions
  • Montpellier Mediterranean Film Festival, France (2018)
  • Adana International Film Festival, Turkey (2018): Best Film, Best Actress (Damla Sönmez), Best Supporting Actor (Emin Gürsoy)
  • Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Australia (2018)
  • Chicago International Film Festival, USA (2018)
  • CPH Pix, Denmark (2018)
  • Haifa International Film Festival, Israel (2018)

Directors ÇAĞLA ZENCİRCİ and GUILLAUME GIOVANETTICagla Zencirci - Guillaume Giovanetti

Çağla Zencirci (Ankara, 1976) and Guillaume Giovanetti (Lyon, 1978) have directed together since 2004 several shorts (all selected in Berlin, Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand Festivals) and two features, Noor (Pakistan, 2012 / Cannes Acid) and Ningen (Japon, 2013 / Toronto). Sibel is their third feature.

Their short film, “Ata”, is the winners of Best Short Film Award in the Boston Turkish Festival Documentary and Short Film Competition in 2009.



4:00 pm

Remis Auditorium

12:00 pm
Alfond Auditorium

Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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