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by Alberto Rondalli


The sheikh Ahmed Nurudin lives in his world of absolute certainties and eternal truths, as codified and sanctioned by the Koran, detached from the world of ordinary men and women, over whom he claims leadership. His attitude is that of the spectator, or witness – never that of participant. But at a decisive moment for him, life forces him to do what he is escaping from: to act and take sides. His younger brother is arrested without reason and killed in a totally arbitrary act.

international title: The Dervish
original title: Il Derviscio
country: Italy, Turkey
sales agent: RAI Com
year: 2000
genre: fiction
directed by: Alberto Rondalli
film run: 132'
release date: IT 08/03/2002, FR 12/11/2003
screenplay: Alberto Rondalli
cast: Antonio Buil, Eray Ozrabal, Ruhi Sari, Haldun Boysan, Erdem Ozipek, Basak Kokujkaya, Menderes Samancilar
cinematography by: Claudio Collepiccolo
film editing: Alberto Rondalli
art director: Luigi Silvio Marchione
costumes designer: Nicoletta Taranta
producer: Luigi Musini
production: Cinemaundici
backing: Direzione generale Cinema e audiovisivo del Ministero della Cultura DGCA-MIC (MiBACT)
distributor: Mikado, Films sans frontières (FR)
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