My Name Is Batlir, Not Butler

Batlir Degil Bahlti


Saturday, Nov. 3 at 2:40pm
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 7:25pm
Plaza Frontenac Cinema
Plaza Frontenac Cinema

The unusually named Batlir — emphatically not Butler — has an even more prominent distinguishing characteristic: a vastly oversized head. Bullied and made a figure of fun because of his immense noggin, Batlir has spent most of his life alone in his room. In one of the film’s elements of magical realism, Batlir takes particular comfort from his conversations with the whale featured on a poster in his bedroom sanctuary, but he also has a small cadre of friends (including an elderly blind man) who offer support. When Batlir discovers a medical procedure that could reduce the size of his head, he pursues the operation despite the concerns of his father. Batlir hopes to overcome the major impediment to his goal — the considerable cost — by winning a TV game show, but he fears that he won’t be up to the challenge of conquering the show’s smugly unbeaten host.

90 min.

Directed by

Stare Yildirim



Film Category

International Spotlight Women in Film Spotlight


Bullying Disabilities


With director Yildirim.