Turkish short film at the 79th Venice Film Festival
Films or in this case of Anurag Kashyap cinema is a powerful medium that acts as an ambassador of their country, the soft power ambassador that can change perceptions. After 23 years, a Turkish short film at the 79th Venice Film Festival.
The film is directed by Turan Haste, written and produced by Muhammed Furkan Dasbilek, will be screened at the festival’s Horizons section, and will compete against 11 other short films that have been selected by the festival’s category.
The film tells the story of the teacher Ishak who is residing in a remote village located in Anatolia. The film is said to have themes of innocence and guilt which deals with the complexion of the human condition surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the person that you have known.
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The script has been made by one of the biggest production houses in the country named TRT 12 Punto. As for the location it has been shot around 25 different locations at Bali from visiting village to village. The casting has been done by hiring child actors to have a more organic feel to it.
The film is self-funded independently by their own pockets so it was not easy to make but with the support of the producers and the fans of cinema the cast and crew can represent the film festivals with ease.
Is it a big moment for them? Yes, it is, you see films are communicating mediums that can be conveyed messages from one person to another. There are other filmmakers in Turkey who have reached international acclaim from Nuri Bilge Ceylan to Deniz Gamze Ergüven which made films on an international scale and mind you both made short films. Who knows maybe the filmmaker behind the short film can reach into new heights once it airs at the Venice film festival after 23 years.