The Pigeon

The Pigeon

Original name: Güvercin
English name: The Pigeon
Year: 2018
Run time: 78'
Language: Turkish
Type (Colour/ Black & white): Colour
Country: Turkey
Director: Banu Sivaci
Producer: Banu Sivaci, Mesut Ulutaş
Cast:   Kemal Burak Alper ,Ruhi Sarı ,Michal Elia Kamal,Demet Genç.
Screenplay: Banu Sivaci
Cinematographer: Arda Yildiran
Editor: Mesut Ulutaş
Sound Designer: Uğur Akagündüz
Music Composer: Canset Özge Can
Costume Designer: Sultan Sivaci
Production Designer: Tuğba Gül Poyraz
Production Company: Anagraf Film
World Sales: Anagraf Film
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  • Berlinale 2018
  • Adana FF 2018
  • Sarajevo FF 2018
  • Sofia IFF 2018

Director's Filmography:

  • My Wooden Dream 2003
  • Another Touch ( short) 2005
  • Battle Zone (short) 2012
  • Faik (short) 2015
  • The Pigeon 2018

Director's Biography:

Banu Sivaci was born in Adana, Turkey in 1987. She studied fine arts with a focus on painting at Çukurova University in Adana. She has worked on various films as an assistant director and has directed several short films. The Pigeon is her first feature film.


On a rooftop in Adana, Yusuf cares for the pigeons in his dovecote. His favourite bird is called Maverdi. To lure it even closer, he sometimes puts a seed between his lips for it to peck. The light grey pigeon is an outsider in the dovecote, just as Yusuf is in society, where he has to face ignorance and violence. The young man’s face rarely brightens up, and the pressure from his brother to go out to work makes things even worse. When his brother demands he get a job, Yusuf is sent away on a days-long journey. In fear of his pigeons’ safety, he must make his way back to Adana.