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by Kaan Müjdeci


Establishing a bleak village in Eastern Turkey as its setting, Sivas features the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. Meanwhile, a school play dominates the background as Aslan is disappointed in losing the role of the prince to Osman, his rival-in-love and son of the village head. While Osman gets ahead in the two boys’ race to win the hand of Ayse, the “princess” of the village, Aslan tries to impress her with his newfound friend. And Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another, strengthening Aslan’s hand. However, as Sivas’s success attracts more attention by the village head, the roles change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crashcourse into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.

international title: Sivas
original title: Sivas
country: Turkey, Germany
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Kaan Müjdeci
film run: 97'
release date: DE 3/12/2015
cast: Dogan Izci, Çakir, Ozan Çelik, Muttalip Müjdeci, Ezgi Ergin, Hasan Özdemir, Furkan Uyar, Okan Avci, Hasan Yazilitas, Banu Fotocan
cinematography by: Armin Dierolf, Martin Solvang
film editing: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
art director: Meral Efe, Emre Yurtsever
costumes designer: Ayse Yildiz
producer: Kaan Müjdeci, Yasin Mujdeci
co-producer: Nesra Gürbüz, Cigdem Mater

main awards/selection

Venice Film Festival 2014 In competition
Brussels Mediterranean Film Festival 2015 

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