Turkish Oscar hopeful ‘Sivas’ hits German movie theaters

The movie, which is set in the Anatolian steppes and follows the friendship between an 11-year-old boy and a fight dog named Sivas, is Mujdeci’s debut feature.

It has been garnering rave reviews in the German press since its theatrical release there, Mujdeci’s publicist said in a press release on Tuesday.

“Mujdeci’s film ‘Sivas’ is a movie miracle,” German critic Dietmar Dath wrote in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung last Wednesday, while Susanne Lenz of Berliner Zeitung wrote: “Kaan Mujdeci has opted for the reality and turned it into a rough, great movie,” referring to Mujdeci’s earlier remarks in which he said, “‘Lassie’ is a dream, ‘Sivas’ is the reality.” “Sivas” is also among ARTE Cinema’s weekly recommendations this week in Germany.

“Sivas” premiered at the 71st Venice International Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Prize, becoming the first-ever Turkish director to win an award in the official selection of the world’s oldest film festival. The film is also one of two Turkish productions submitted to next year’s 73rd Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.