Turkish with English Subtitles, 97 minutes, 2014
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Directed by Kaan Müjdeci
Showing for the first time in New York, winner of the Special Jury Prize at the 71st Venice Film Festival, Sivas tells the story of Aslan, an eleven-year-old boy, and Sivas, a weathered fighting dog who develop a strong relationship after Aslan finds Sivas wounded in a ditch, left to die. Aslan contends for love of Ayse, the "princess" of the village, and Sivas, having found a new lease on life, wins one fight after another. However, as Sivas’s success attracts more attention by the village head, the roles change and Aslan finds himself in an unexpected crashcourse into adulthood, leaving the princess behind.