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Detmold 2007

 
 

A MAN'S FEAR OF GOD / TAKVA

 

2006 / 96’ / 35mm / Color / Germany & Turkey


Director: Özer Kızıltan
Script: Önder Çakar
Music: Gökçe Akçelik
Cinematography: Soykut Turan
Editing: Andrew Bird
Cast: Erkan Can, Güven Kirac, Meray Ülgen
Producer: Sevil Demirci, Fatih Akın
Production Company: Corazón International, Dorje Film, Yeni Sinemacilar
World Sales: Cineworx GmbH

An extremely devout Muslim man’s beliefs are upset by temptation and the modern world, causing his fear of God to quickly eat away at his senses. 
Muharrem has worked quietly as a simple clerk for over 30 years in the same traditional Istanbul neighborhood where he was born. The humble introvert lives a solitary and meager existence of prayer and sexual abstinence, adhering strictly to the most severe Islamic doctrines. 

Muharrem’s extraordinary devotion attracts the attention of the leaders of a rich and powerful religious group. His acclaimed trustworthiness and conscientiousness inspire them to offer him an administrative post as rent collector for their numerous properties. Provided with new clothes, a cell phone and a computer, Muharrem is thrown into the modern outside world he has successfully avoided for so long. His naive eyes are soon witness to conflict  attitudes toward alcohol consumption and goodwill. 

To his dismay, Muharrem becomes domineering and proud, eventually even inadvertently cheating in a business deal. To make matters worse, Muharrem’s inner peace is unnerved by the tormenting image of a seductive woman who tempts him in his dreams, both night and day. Muharrem has built his life around being able to distinguish between carnal and spiritual values. But the balance of his devotion is now upset. His fear of God begins to eat away at his senses… 

 

Özer Kızıltan

Born in Istanbul in 1963, Özer Kiziltan graduated in law from Istanbul Uni versity before taking up studies at the Film and Television Academy of Mimar Sinan, where he graduated in 1994. He has made several tele - vision series. "Takva" marks his debut as a screen director.