Before she passed away, Musa gave his word to his wife that after her death he would return her home, from Turkey, and bury her there. Since no one can look after their 12-year-old granddaughter, she has to come too. And so, they travel together with a coffin on wheels. This unlikely group of travellers tries to make the journey by hitchhiking, which proves to be nearly impossible. And yet despite all the obstacles Musa always remains calm and pensive, as the journey soon acquires an almost meditative quality. With restrained urgency, Bekir Bülbül speaks of the desire of many refugees to be buried in their homelands. They wander like two little ants across the seemingly impenetrable mountain panorama of south-eastern Anatolia where, having inevitably lost the way, one has no other option but to turn to the imagination to proceed with the journey.
Text: Joshua Jádi und Kira Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby
Weltspiegel (large hall): original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation
Bekir Bülbül & Büşra Bülbül
Şam Şerit Zeydan
Bozena Bogdziewicz-Onkol - Bo Dream Productions
Bekir Bülbül - After his first documentary film BULGUR MILL, Bekir Bülbül made his debut feature film MY SHORT WORDS (2018). Its world premiere was at the 37th Istanbul Film Festival. The film travelled to more than thirty countries and won many Grand Prizes. CLOVES & CARNATIONS is the director’s 2nd feature film.