;; ;;Winner - FIPRESCI Prize, 2007 Berlin International Film Festival
Winner - Innovation Award, 2006 Toronto International Film Festival
Muharrem is a simple man. Shy and humble to the point of unworldliness, he lives a life of devout prayer, and takes comfort in ecstatic trances at his local mosque, which is presided over by a charismatic sheikh. It is precisely for his innocence and honesty that the sheikh decides to entrust him with being the rent collector for the mosque's considerable holdings. Almost overnight, Muharrem is transformed from a day laborer and cipher to a cell-phone carrying, suit wearing mustachio'd VIP who can walk to the head of the line at the bank. But behind his new trappings, Muharrem is still the same, and he is deeply troubled. He cannot reconcile the strict teachings of his faith with the tasks he must carry out for his mosque. Takva asks the essential question: Can one be truly pious and live in the material world?
Set in Istanbul, the film is rich with detail of both old and new faces of the city, and Erkan Can's extraordinary performance as Muharrem won him a "Best Actor" award at the Anatalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
“A richly textured, thoughtful exploration of the hypocrisies inherent when fundamentalists engage in commercial ventures, Takva — A Man’s Fear of God reps a strong new voice in Turkish cinema.” — Variety
DVD to be released by Koch Lorber Films in Spring 2009.
Both broadcasts followed by an interview with director Özer Kiziltan.
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