Sunday, October 02, 2011

Hamburg IFF 2011 | Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits

Ecumenopolis: City Without Limits
Turkey, Germany 2011 | 93 min | OV with german s.t. | Colour |

Istanbul wants to play in the big leagues. Last year it was the European City of Culture. It has its heart set on winning the 2020 Olympic bid. And the government wants it to be the financial centre of the region. At fifteen million, its population is twice the size of London’s, and looks set to double by 2030. But the lack of planning regulations means that expansion has come without adequate environmental or safety precautions. As one interviewee warns, for Istanbul the future means chaos.

Director: İmre Azem

Screenplay: İmre Azem

Producer: Gaye Günay Stephan Anspichler

Orig. Titel: Ekümenopolis: Ucu Olmayan Şehir
Section: Three Colours Green
Original language: English/Turkish
Filmtype: Documentary Feature
Music: Lari Dilmen, Nilüfer Ormanli
DoP: Hakan Yonat, ?enol Altun, İmre Azem
Editor: Eray Ilhan, Arzu Volkan
Format: HDCam

World Sales: Studio Hamburg Distribution & Marketing GmbH | Jenfelder Allee 80 | 22039 Hamburg | Germany | Phone: +49 40 6688-5355 | Email:
Production Company: York Street Productions International Ltd.


Imre Azem (*1975) studied political sciences and French literature among other things in Moscow, New Orleans and Paris. For his feature debut Ecumenopolis he moved back to his native Istanbul.

1 comment:

Irene Jennings said...

ECUMENOPOLIS offers a chilling vision of a city that has exhausted its natural, physical and spatial resources, that nonetheless keeps on growing, apparently without restriction.

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