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Eflatun is a master miniature artist who's living in 17th century Istanbul. One day, he's taken to the vizier's mansion by force. There he learns that Danyal, one of the Ottoman princes who has ignited an insurrection, is arrested in a far off state and to be executed soon. Eflatun is ordered to make a portrait of the rebel prince who's been condemned to death in a Western manner to help the authorities be certain on the identity of him. Upon the order, Eflatun sets off for an arduous journey to Anatolia. He picks up a girl named Leyla en route. Together, they find themselves in a great venture fraught with sensations. Written by omayra73@yahoo.com

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Historical Drama Focusing on the Relationship Between Temporal Spaces
28 August 2015 | by (London) – See all my reviews

To date CENNETI BEKLERKEN has been the only totally historical drama in director Dervis Zaim's oeuvre.

However, as expected from a director so preoccupied with temporal relationships, the action consciously oscillates between different levels of reality. It is basically a quest-narrative focusing on hard-pressed miniaturist Eflatun (Serhat Tutumler) who is forced on an expedition to quell a rebellion against the Sultan, and to draw the head of the rebel, once he is eventually killed. Unwilling to undertake the duty, he is forced to on pain of death. He eventually completes his task, but finds the Sultan's reaction is not what he anticipated.

Within this structure director Zaim offers a meditation on the miniaturist's art. It was said that a good artist was in contact with the divinity; Zaim does not go that far, but does suggest that he is equipped with the power to deconstruct realities. This is suggested through a remaking of Velazquez's "Las Meninas," which appears as a work dedicated to rebel leader Danyal (Nihat Ileri), using the original Velasquez form, but adapted to Ottoman cultures. Through this device Zaim makes us reflect on whom art belongs to, and the role of the viewer in the artistic exchange.

Like many of Zaim's films, CENNETI BEKLERKEN is a work that befits repeated viewings, so as to uncover its subtleties. It is not an easy watch, but ultimately a rewarding one.


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