Section: Close Up TR



Uluç Bayraktar
Turkey, 2020, 117 Min

2013: The Gezi Park protests escalate in Istanbul. Two generations meet in an apartment near Taksim Square: young Serep is fighting for a better world that no longer exists for the ex-soldier Ahmet in this commercial mentality study with a penchant for the arabesque.

While below demonstrators and police attack each other, Serep hides together with other youngsters in Ahmet's apartment. The latter is plagued by both a brain tumour and remorse: During his military service in eastern Turkey he killed a Kurdish boy. The scene haunts him to this day, as does the fatal argument between his parents. Worlds divide Ahmet's post-traumatic syndrome and Serep's life in the here and now. And the fate of an entire country, marked by military coups, a deep state, gentrification and the Kurdish question. Uluç Bayraktar's debut feature film inquires after the wounds of this collective experience and its effects on future generations. He skilfully holds the many threads of his story together with melodrama, a tried and tested stylistic device characteristic of commercial Turkish cinema which is also known to captivate its audiences with emotional pathos.

Damla Serim, Uluç Bayraktar
Soykut Turan
5.1 Digital
Serdar Çakular
Oya Köseoğlu
Avi Medina
Nejat İşler, Funda Eryiğit, Berkay Ateş, Menderes Samancılar, Ercan Kesal, Şebnem Bozoklu, Eylül Dursun
Uluç Bayraktar
Uluç Bayraktar
Alara Hamamcioglu
Uluç Bayraktar

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