Sunday, May 27, 2012

Cannes 2012 | Short and Sweet but Not "Silent"

From awards ceremony at Cannes 1724 GMT: 
Kylie presents the Short Film Palme d'Or, to Turkey's L Rezan Yesilbas for "Sessiz-Be Deng/Silent." The screening at Cannes marked Silent’s world premiere. Silent won production fund from Ministry of Culture of Republic of Turkey It won Akbank Short Film Competition “Best Film Prize” in Turkey, as well.

Mavi Boncuk |
Sessiz Fiction/ 14'21'' / HD / Color / 2011 
Directed/Written/Produced by: L. Rezan Yeşilbaş;  Cinematography by: Türksoy Gölebeyi;  Edited by: Buğra Dedeoğlu, L. Rezan Yeşilbaş; Sound: Furkan Atlı;  Cast: Belçim Bilgin, Cem Bender 


The year is 1984. Zeynep, who lives in Diyarbakır with her three children, wants to visit her husband in prison. Zeynep is only able to speak her mother tongue ‘Kurdish’; however, only the Turkish language is allowed to be spoken in prison, so she’s unable to utter a word there. On the other hand, she wants to bring a new pair of shoes to her husband but it’s forbidden to bring anything to prisoners from outside… 

Directors Comment
The film takes place in Diyarbakır in 1984, it is about a young woman who wants to visit her husband in prison. Yesilbas says about the film: “The prison of Diyarbakır, the setting of the story, is like the symbol of the torture experienced in the prisons in Turkey afer the coup d’etat of 1980. However, in this story, I did not choose to tell the things that took place in the prison, or the political prisoners or the torture, or the political fight. Instead, I turned my camera to the little stories of the “silent” women outside the prison, who could not speak another language than Kurdish, which was forbidden in the prisons of that era.” 

Born in 1977, he graduated from the Cinema-TV department of Marmara University in 2008. His short film “Hüküm” ( Judgement) was the first film of his “ Trilogy of Women”. Hukum has been screened in many national and international film festivals. He shot “Sessiz/Be Deng” (Silent) in 2011 which is the second film of the trilogy. He has also written the script of the third film of the trilogy. L.Rezan Yeşilbaş also works as the assistant of Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz since 2008. 

2012 YERALTI (Underground) Zeki Demirkubuz  Feature 
as First Assistant Director 

2011 Sessiz / Be Deng Short Film (feature) 14'21'' 2008 
as Director Scriptwriter 

2011BABAMIN SESİ (VOICE OF MY FATHER) Orhan Eskiköy/ Zeynel Doğan Feature 
as Executive Producer 
2010 UNUTMA BENİ İSTANBUL (DON’T FORGET ME İSTANBUL) Multiple directors  Feature 
as Executive Producer 
2008KISKANMAK (ENVY) Zeki Demirkubuz Kara Film Feature 
as Executive Producer 
2008 HÜKÜM (THE JUDGEMENT) Short Film (feature) 35m 2008 
as Director Scriptwriter 

Contact L.REZAN YESILBAS - ikbaliye mah. zeamet sok. gul apt. d.2 no26 acibadem kadikoy Turquie - T : +90 555 300 0300 Press: Beyza Karayel +90 538 519 98 99

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