Tenth Annual Dallas International Film Festival
April 14-24, 2016
“Full of humor, friendship, romance and amazing soccer action, Emre Sahin’s TAKIM has all the things that make a great sports movie—well—great.”
Turkey, 2015, 102 min., Color, Turkish (with English subtitles)
Turgay and Tufan are up against a wall when they are threatened by a construction company to sell their family land, which also happens to be an hourly rental soccer field. Facing eviction from the bank on a loan gone bad, and with no options left, the two turn to the only thing they know: Soccer.
For the sake of both their family and their land, they must build a strong team to try and win a tournament and raise enough money to save their neighborhood, all in a matter of weeks. Their team of unlikely soccer players starts out a little rough, but they find their way in a “fight club” style underground soccer league that prepares them for the big tourney.
Full of humor, friendship, romance and amazing soccer action, Emre Sahin’s TAKIM has all the things that make a great sports movie—well—great.
— James Faust
Award-winning film and television director, Emre Sahin, was born in Istanbul. He studied Film and Television at Emerson College in Boston, and moved to Los Angeles where he began directing and editing documentary and reality television for networks including ABC, ABC Family, MTV and VHI. In 2005, he directed his first film, the award-winning independent short CANTA (2005). In 2007, Sahin and film partner Sarah Wetherbee created the popular History Channel series Cities of the Underworld. Sahin later co-founded the film production company, Karga Seven Pictures, along with filmmaking partner’s Sarah Wetherbee and Kelly McPherson. He also directed the award-winning independent film 40 (2009). In 2014, Sahin was an executive producer on the Emmy nominated special class series, Got Your 6.