Turkey / Germany 2014 / 97m
English Subtitles / Cert 15
Director Kaan Müjdeci
Cast Doğan İzci, Muttalip Müjdeci, Okan Avcı, Banu Fotocan

71st Venice Film Festival – Grand Jury Prize
51st International Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival – Jury Prize

Another of Turkish cinema's major international award winners in 2014 (Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize), Sivas is set in remote eastern Anatolia, where Aslan, a troubled 11-year-old boy, rescues and adopts a shepherd dog who has been injured in an illegal dog fight. Sivas is at first just an impressive weapon in Aslan's fight for the affection of his classmate Ayşe but the potential for the animal to return to a more brutal and cruelly competitive world is always simmering below the surface. The contrast between the two worlds in writer-director Kaan Müjdeci's feature debut is beautifully and convincingly realised, not least thanks to the wonderful performance of Doğan İzci as the boy.


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