Oscars: Turkey Selects 'Sivas' for Foreign-Language Category

Biennale di Venezia

The film is a debut by Kaan Mujdeci that won a special jury prize last year in Venice.

Turkey's nomination for best foreign-language Oscar, Sivas, is a story about a boy and his dog with a brutal twist.

Set in the archaic world of rural eastern Anatolia, Kaan Mujdeci's debut unfolds in the violent world of dog-fighting.

With a pint-sized antagonist and his faithful friend Sivas, the film — harsh as the world it depicts is — was a hit with jurors in Venice last year, where it won a special jury prize.

Produced by Kaan Film, Coloured Giraffes and Ret Film, Sivas stars 11-year-old Dogan Izci as Aslan — which means "lion" in Turkish — and Ezgi Ergin as Ayse his school-yard sweetheart.