Thursday, February 05, 2009

Should I Really Do It?

Bunu Gerçekten Yapmalı Mıyım? Should I Really Do It? 86", 35mmColor, German with English subtitles

Feature film by Ismail Necmi [1], starring Petra Woschniak. This real-life-feature follows the extraordinary life of Petra, a German woman living in Istanbul, in an ironic inversion of the Turkish migrant to Germany. Her life will take such strange turns you’ll think she’s following a script. But really, we’re watching a real life protagonist evolve in the face of life. For, ultimately, nothing is ever as surprising as life. Except, perhaps, fiction… During her sessions with Herold, a masked therapist, her life will unfold before our eyes and we will learn about everything: Istanbul, Germany, family, friends, drugs and death. Should I Really Do It? plays with these concepts of real life and fiction, documentary and drama. Could life ever be more interesting than fiction?The film's soundtrack was composed by Serkan Alkan, with additional tracks composed by Turkish-Techno musician, Mercan Dede.

The film was selected for international competition in both the 2008 Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the 2008 !F Istanbul International Film Festival.[3][1] In 2007, it was also recognized with selection in the 'Mediterranean Films Crossing Borders' programme of the Berlin International Film Festival and the 'European Films Crossing Borders' programme of the Cannes Film Festival.

[1] Ismail Necmi works as an independent photographer and filmmaker. Born in Turkey in 1970, he graduated from Istanbul University / Law Faculty. From 1988 to 1992, he worked on a number of movies, short movies, TV series and photo shoots. From 1993 to 2004, he worked as an editor and video graphic designer for ARD German TV Studio in Istanbul. As a photographer, he worked on his own projects: “Transformation” (2001), a solo Black & White photography exhibition in Dulcinea Istanbul, and “The image is YOU!”, a Black & White Interactive Photography Project launched in 2002, among others. Between 2006 and 2007, he worked as an instructor in Visual Communication Design and Photography and Video at Istanbul Bilgi University. In 2005, he started his own production company, “IN Works Istanbul”. In February 2008, he finished his début real-life-feature film, Should I really do it? which he produced and directed.

Contact: In Works Istanbul İsmail Necmi Hayriye Cad. 5/7, 34433 Galatasaray İstanbul, Turkey Tel: +90 212 292 5538 Fax: +90 212 292 5539 E-mail:

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