Short Summary

Sine, a bright architect who is troubled by the shape of present-day architecture, designs an innovative, cave-like mosque inspired by the Seven Sleepers myth. The construction phase is beset with problems. Traumatized, Sine develops insomnia. She finally sleeps at a sleeping disorder clinic and sees herself in the myth of the Seven Sleepers. Waking from the dream, Sine has changed physically and psychologically. Each time she goes to the clinic, she changes and each time her new selves act differently.

Sine is a young architect based in Istanbul. As the product of a heritage characterized by radical interruption and discontinuity, she aspires to a life that is informed by inherited values of history and tradition but combines continuity and change nonetheless. As an architect, she wonders whether styles of mosque that differ from the traditional structures handed down by history and culture are feasible.

Sine is a bright young architect who works for her uncle, Rüstem’s studio. Her real ambition is to be an installation-performance artist, but all the project proposals she has taken to galleries so far have been turned down. In her disappointment, Sine finds her life shading into one of the performances she longs to stage.

In reality, Sine has little choice but to carry on with architecture if she wants to make a living. She is increasingly drawn into the business of Rüstem’s office and even has to act as guarantor to a bank loan her uncle wants to take out. Stress and her growing sense of unease give Sine sleepless nights.

Writer- Director

Derviş Zaim


Yeşil Film

Derviş Zaim attended Boğaziçi (Istanbul) and Warwick Universities, earning degrees in economics and cultural studies respectively. He published a novel, ‘Ares in Wonderland’ in 1994 and went to make his debut film, Tabutta Rövaşata (Somersault In A Coffin), in 1997. This was followed by the narrative dramas Filler ve Çimen (Elephants and Grass, 2000), Çamur (Mud, 2003), Cenneti Beklerken (Waiting for Heaven, 2006), Nokta (Dot, 2008), Gölgeler ve Suretler (Shadows and Faces, 2011), Devir (Cycle, 2012) and Balık (Fish, 2014), and the documentary, Paralel Yolculuklar (Parallel Trips), in 2004. Zaim currently lectures on filmmaking at a number of universities.

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Rüya (2016): A look at the complexity of Turkey through the eyes of filmmakers "The Dream-Rüya" is the latest work of a film series (from Dervis Zaim) that mixes Turkish traditions and filmmaking. After "Nokta-The Dot" (2008), "Gölgeler ve Suretler-Shadows and Faces" (2011) and "Devir-Cycle" (2012), "The Dream" is referring to mythical references including the "Seven Sleepers" legend which has its place in both Christianity and Islam. In the myth, the seven sleepers flee a corrupt and oppressive society and fall asleep in a cave under the protection of Kitmir, the dog; they wake up 309 years later and find the world they had fled has changed, finally welcoming freethinking and free worship.
From this myth, Dervis Zaim takes us into the story of a young architect. Sine is taken hostage between consciousness and forced loyalty of her daily life. She will waver between two parallel worlds to reach freedom of mind and conscience, and this happens through sleep and dreams.
To relate to this first reading of the film, that is to say, the development of consciousness, Zaim made the smart decision to use four different actresses who metamorphose after each dream. We support Sine's desire to create a modern mosque in a poor outlying district of Istanbul at the request of an old friend. Forced to confront freedom and destiny, there is the need to keep utopias fresh to achieve a just world. To protect and watch over the utopia of Istanbul, Kitmir the dog will be reflected in a hologram on the Bosphorus.


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