KAZARKEN

by Güldem Durmaz
KAZARKEN

Informations

Nation: Belgium, France

Year: 2016

Length: 90'

34° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

Section:

Synopsis

During an ancient healing rite in Anatolia, a woman moves in a dream state. Her guide is a mythological figure, the centaur Kheiron, who subjects her to a form of psychoanalysis with a savage flair. A journey through time, which takes the woman from the present back to her home village where, in 1915, the entire Armenian population disappeared into thin air, and to the millenary ruins of a Roman-era hospital, where the sick were cured with sacred water and dreamlike visions. [cg]

Director

Güldem Durmaz

Güldem  Durmaz

Güldem Durmaz (1971) lives and works in Brussels, Istanbul and Paris, making short films, documentaries, video installations and performances, as well as holding theatrical workshops. Her works explore the connection between memory, language and cultural and trans-cultural identity. She works with professional and non-professional actors, using secret and invented languages, within spaces and situations that are both real and dreamlike. Her short films Şoför (2001) and Koro (2002) participated at the top international film festivals, including Venice and Locarno, where she received various awards. In 2011, she directed the experimental documentary Ben/O, dedicated to the Kurdish transsexual artist Esmeray. Kazarken is her first feature-length documentary.

Filmography:
Şoför (cm, 2001), Koro (cm, 2002), Ben/O (cm, doc., 2011), Kazarken (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Güldem Durmaz
fotografia/cinematography
Güldem Durmaz, Simon Backès, Piet Eekman, Bernard Verstraete
montaggio/film editing
Simon Backès, Güldem Durmaz
musica/music
Fred Costa
suono/sound
Valentin Mazingarbe
interpreti/cast
Denis Lavant, Güldem Durmaz, Martin Selze, Marie-Sohna Condé


contatti/contacts
CBA - Centre de l’audiovisuel
Gabriella Marchese
promo@cbadoc.be

Director statement

“My Tai Chi Master says one shouldn’t look for beauty, but rather concentrate on structure (of body, movement, the universe, life). Then only, beauty might emerge. My partner and I struggled with the structure of this film for years, frequently pausing for reflection, shooting and adding new material that the passing time, or new encounters, would suggest... until we found that the film had finally started to evolve in front of us according to its own rules. Until its meaning (or meanings) got a chance to develop freely, like music sometimes does.”

Synopsis Learn more

During an ancient healing rite in Anatolia, a woman moves in a dream state. Her guide is a mythological figure, the centaur Kheiron, who subjects her to a form of psychoanalysis with a savage flair. A journey through time, which takes the woman from the present back to her home village where, in 1915, the entire Armenian population disappeared into thin air, and to the millenary ruins of a Roman-era hospital, where the sick were cured with sacred water and dreamlike visions. [cg]

Director All about direction

Güldem Durmaz

Güldem  Durmaz

Güldem Durmaz (1971) lives and works in Brussels, Istanbul and Paris, making short films, documentaries, video installations and performances, as well as holding theatrical workshops. Her works explore the connection between memory, language and cultural and trans-cultural identity. She works with professional and non-professional actors, using secret and invented languages, within spaces and situations that are both real and dreamlike. Her short films Şoför (2001) and Koro (2002) participated at the top international film festivals, including Venice and Locarno, where she received various awards. In 2011, she directed the experimental documentary Ben/O, dedicated to the Kurdish transsexual artist Esmeray. Kazarken is her first feature-length documentary.

Filmography:
Şoför (cm, 2001), Koro (cm, 2002), Ben/O (cm, doc., 2011), Kazarken (doc., 2016).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Güldem Durmaz
fotografia/cinematography
Güldem Durmaz, Simon Backès, Piet Eekman, Bernard Verstraete
montaggio/film editing
Simon Backès, Güldem Durmaz
musica/music
Fred Costa
suono/sound
Valentin Mazingarbe
interpreti/cast
Denis Lavant, Güldem Durmaz, Martin Selze, Marie-Sohna Condé


contatti/contacts
CBA - Centre de l’audiovisuel
Gabriella Marchese
promo@cbadoc.be

Director statement Read more

“My Tai Chi Master says one shouldn’t look for beauty, but rather concentrate on structure (of body, movement, the universe, life). Then only, beauty might emerge. My partner and I struggled with the structure of this film for years, frequently pausing for reflection, shooting and adding new material that the passing time, or new encounters, would suggest... until we found that the film had finally started to evolve in front of us according to its own rules. Until its meaning (or meanings) got a chance to develop freely, like music sometimes does.”