Shadow and Faces is the coming-of-age story of a young girl who is separated from her father, a Karagöz shadow play master, during the beginning of the conflict between Turks and Greeks in Cyprus in 1963. With a backdrop of extraordinary natural beauty, the experiences of the villagers fleeing from their village in the Island’s Karpas region to the relatively secure but alienating city sheds light on the story of Cyprus.
How can a man protect his family without resorting to crime, in the midst of unspeakable violence? How can he maintain his innocence and human dignity in a world where violence and injustice reign supreme? Inspired by a real story in a very specific moment in history, the film explores questions relevant to us all. —Antalya International Film Festival
Derviş Zaim (born Derviş Zaimağaoğlu in 1964 in Famagusta, Cyprus) is a Turkish Cypriot filmmaker and novelist, who has twice won the Golden Orange for Best Director for Elephants and Grass (2000) and Dot (2008); Golden Oranges for Best Film and Best Screenplay for Somersault in a Coffin (1996); and the Yunus Nadi literary prize for his debut novel Ares in Wonderland (1995).
Derviş Zaim was educated at Namik Kemal Lyceé and graduated in Business Administration from Boğaziçi University in 1988. He attended a course in independent film production in London and made experimental video Hang the Camera (1991). He subsequently wrote, produced and directed numerous television programs starting with the documentary Rock around the Mosque (1993). He completed his masters degree in Cultural Studies at the University of Warwick in 1994. His first novel, Ares in Wonderland (1995), won the prestigious Yunus Nadi literary prize in Turkey.
Somersault in a Coffin (1996) was his debut… read more
This is a worthy attempt to tell the story of the origins of the Cyprus conflict in the 1960s, largely avoiding the big political debates of the time (the graffiti says it all...) and focusing on the real human experience in the microcosm of one village. Valuable viewing for anyone interested in Cyprus or 'contested lands' and a remarkable achievement using cast and crew from across the divide