Directed by Kaan Müjdeci, 2014
SIVAS, 2014. Film still.
Writer & Director: Kaan Müjdeci
Producer: Yasin Müjdeci
Co-Producers: Nesra Gürbüz,Çiğdem Mater
Directors Of Photography: Armin Dieroff, Martin Hogsnes Solvang
Editor: Yorgos Mavropsaridis
Art Directors: Meral Efe Yurtsever, Emre Yurtsever
Lighting: Ersin Aldemir
Sound: Samet Yilmaz
1st A.D.: Ulaş Parlakyildiz
Music & Sound Director: Cevdet Erek
Creative & Artistic Contribution: Burcu Tokatli
Line Producer: Kaan Kurbanoğlu
Color Correction: James Norman
Sound & Dialog Edit: Metin Bozkurt, Barkin Engin
Sound Design: Leandros Ntounis
Acting Coach: Kutay Sandikçi
Key Grip: Mustafa Şahin
Costume Design: Ayşe Yildiz
Make-Up: Esma Keskin Öğütmore
Establishing a bleak Anatolian village in Eastern Turkey as its setting, Sivas features the story of an eleven year old boy (Aslan) and a weathered fighting dog (Sivas) who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. Meanwhile, a school play of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves 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 new-found friend. And Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another, strengthening Aslan's hand against Osman. However, as Sivas's success at the fighting ground attracts more attention by the village head, the roles subtly change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crash-course into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.
Born in Ankara, Turkey, Kaan Müjdeci moved to Berlin, Germany in 2003 in order to study film directing. Instead, he first opened an illegal open-air cinema, then a bar, and finally, a fashion store. In parallel to all these ventures, Müjdeci has continued filmmaking. Among his short films, Tag der Deutschen Einheit (Day of German Unity) (2010) was bought by several TV channels; and Jerry, his thesis film at the New York Film Academy, was screened within the scope of Berlinale's Talent Campus, which he attended in 2011. Müjdeci's documentary Babalar ve Ogulları (Fathers and Sons), about dog fights in central Anatolia, served as a platform to write and direct his first feature film entitled Sivas. Shot in 2012 with production support from the Turkish Ministry of Culture, Sivas also received a post-production grant from the Istanbul Film Festival's Meetings on the Bridge in 2013. Mujdeci's debut feature film Sivas won the Special Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film Festival in 2014.