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Tuzdan kaide

The Pillar of Salt

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A pregnant young woman who lives in a sort of cave is looking for her vanished sister, yet this plot summary hardly does justice to the charm, richness and radical nature of Burak Çevik’s first feature – all of which a result of the liberties he takes in creating an extravagant cinematic world to tell this story. The protagonist leaves her almost fairytale-like cave to set out across a river, taking up her sister’s trail. This trail leads her to a botanical garden, a bird shop, and a darkroom. The photo lab technician compares the effect of photographs to God turning Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt because she couldn’t resist the temptation of turning around to see Sodom be destroyed. Captured for eternity, transfixed for eternity – should we take it at face value when the protagonist tells the boatwoman that she is a part-time vampire? The dreamlike way in which the film digresses to show us a plant, a strip of negatives, or a table tennis match contributes considerably to the strange fascination it develops. Some things remain mysterious – which only makes us even more curious about what they might be referring to.

Burak Çevik

Turkey 2018


70’ · Colour

World premiere


Zinnure Türe
Dila Yumurtacı
Esme Madra
Banu Fotocan
Elit İşcan
Nihal Koldaş
Reyhan Özdilek
Ayşe Demirel
Nazan Kesal
Nalan Kuruçim


Written and directed by
Burak Çevik
Director of Photography
Burak Serin
Burak Çevik
Ozan Tekin
Sound Design
Ozan Tekin
Ömür Müldür
Burak Çevik, Fol Film, Arda Çiltepe, Semih Gülen, Cem Celai Bilge, Selman Nacar


Burak Çevik

Born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1993. He completed his studies in Film and Television at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016. After his debut, Tuzdan kaide, Aidiyet is his second feature-length film.


2018 Tuzdan kaide (The Pillar of Salt); 70 min., Forum 2018 2019 Aidiyet (Belonging)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019

Produced by

Fol Film