Berlinale

Black Night (Karanlik Gece)

Synopsis
Ishak (35) is a wandering musician from a small mountain town. A lynching he was a part of seven years earlier comes back to haunt him as he returns to his hometown to farewell his dying mother. Facing the other five perpetrators – his childhood friends – as well as the community and government officials supporting them, Ishak struggles with the guilt weighing upon him. However, the bigger the crime, the stronger the silence – since everyone has blood on their hands.

Director’s note
In this story, I wanted to follow the quest for truth and justice in Ishak’s world. In his story, which is about common people in a small mountain village, I was inspired by photographs similar to those taken under authoritarian regimes in many parts of the world.
The relationships background characters have with nature, each other and their sexuality, and how they connect to the political process and situation are what motivated me and pushed me to make this film. With this story, I tried to understand in particular how desires suppressed by society, sexual experiences and obstacles in the way of the formation of individual identity can create a climate of extreme violence.

Turkey
Director: Özcan Alper
roducers: Nar Film (Turkey), ArtHood Films (Germany)
German WCF partner: ArtHood Films
World Sales: tbc

Funded in the WCF jury meeting in November 2018
Funding amount: 30.000 €