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by Özer Kiziltan


For over 30 years, Muharrem has led a quiet life as an employee in the same traditional part of Istanbul where he was born. A modest, introverted and lonely man of humble circumstances, he is a strict observer of the Islamic precepts: he prays a great deal and practices sexual abstinence. Muharrem’s religious devotion brings him to the attention of the leaders of a rich and powerful religious group. His reputation for being trustworthy and duteous prompts them to offer him job as a rent collector for their numerous properties. Muharrem receives a new set of clothes, he is given a mobile phone and computer; he begins to encounter such things as hypocrisy and alcoholic excess, to his own consternation he discovers his own penchant for tyranny and pride. All at once he finds himself in a world that he had previously succeeded in evading...

international title: Takva - A Man's Fear of God
original title: Takva
country: Germany, Turkey
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Özer Kiziltan
film run: 96'
screenplay: Onder Cakar
cast: Erkan Can, Güven Kiraç, Meray Ülgen, Öznur Kula, Erman Saban, Murat Cemcir, Settar Tanriögen
cinematography by: Soykut Turan
film editing: Andrew Bird
art director: Erol Tastan
costumes designer: Ayten Sentürk
music: Gökçe Akçelik
producer: Sevil Demirci, Onder Cakar, Fatih Akin, Andreas Thiel, Klaus Maeck
production: Corazón International, Yeni Sinemacilar (TR)
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