Berlinale

Something Useful (Íşe Yarar Birşey)

Synopsis (momentan nur in Englisch verfügbar)
Leyla (42), a lawyer and a poet, takes the long-distance train to attend her high school reunion dinner. On the train, she meets Canan (21), a young nursing student in distress. As the conversation develops, Leyla learns that Canan is travelling to assist with the suicide of a paralysed man, Yavuz (45), who wants to die. At the end of the long overnight trip, surrounded by the stories of people both on and off the train, Leyla decides to accompany Canan on her difficult visit.

Director’s note (momentan nur in Englisch verfügbar)
Why does Leyla decide to accompany a man who wants to die, and a young woman who has taken on the difficult task of killing him? To help them? Because she is fascinated by them? Because she is fascinated by death? In order to have done something useful? When art exists as a powerful and magical tool for understanding life, why does the artist continually seek to do something meaningful?


World premiere
Istanbul International Film Festival 2017


Key festivals and awards
FIPRESCI Award, Istanbul International Film Festival 2017; Golden Boll, Adana Film Festival 2017; Seattle International Film festival 2018

Türkei, 2017
Regie: Pelin Esmer
Produktion: Sinefilm (Türkei), Mars Production (Türkei), Mîtosfilm (Deutschland), Les Films de l’Après-Midi (Frankreich), Topkapi Films (Niederlande)
Deutscher WCF-Partner: Mîtosfilm
Weltvertrieb: tbc

Gefördert in der WCF-Jurysitzung im November 2015
Fördersumme: 40.000 €