The Pigeon
‘Maverdi. Won’t you talk to them? Why are you not going over there? They are your kind.’

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. In her debut feature film, Banu Sıvacı evokes a genuine sense of empathy for the apparently fragile then fiercely rebellious loner who is fighting for a small joy that most people seem to begrudge him.
by Banu Sıvacı
with Kemal Burak Alper, Ruhi Sarı, Michal Elia Kamal, Demet Genç, Mazlum Taşkıran, Evren Erler, Emin Özdenvar, Maverdi
Turkey 2018 Turkish 76’ Colour


  • Kemal Burak Alper (Yusuf)
  • Ruhi Sarı (Halil)
  • Michal Elia Kamal (Gülfem)
  • Demet Genç (Rümeysa)
  • Mazlum Taşkıran (İrfan)
  • Evren Erler (Seymen)
  • Emin Özdenvar (İsmet)
  • Maverdi (Maverdi)


Written and Directed by Banu Sıvacı
Cinematography Arda Yıldıran
Editing Mesut Ulutaş
Music Canset Özge Can
Sound Design Uğur Akagündüz
Sound Abidin Tan
Production Design Tuğba Gül Poyraz
Costumes Sultan Sıvacı
Assistant Director Sema Aytaç
Production Management Ertan Erdal
Producers Mesut Ulutaş, Banu Sıvacı
Co-Producers Zeynep Koray, Levent Arslan

Banu Sıvacı

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.


2003 Hayalim Tahtadan (My Wooden Dream); short film 2005 Başka Dokunuş (Another Touch); short film 2012 Savaş Alanı (Battle Zone); short film 2015 Faik; short film 2018 Güvercin (The Pigeon)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2018