Okul Tıraşı

Brother’s Keeper
Strict rules prevail at a remote boarding school in the mountains of Anatolia where Turkish teachers educate gifted Kurdish pupils from the surrounding area. Once a week, the boys are allowed to shower and, like everything else here, this process is monitored. One night, twelve-year-old Memo asks his friend Yusuf if he can sleep in his bed. But, afraid of gossip, Yusuf refuses. The next morning, Memo is sick and cannot attend class. The school’s heating has broken down and an icy winter’s day takes its course. Memo’s condition worsens. He is no longer responsive and Yusuf is only allowed to talk when prompted. Gradually, the events of the previous night are revealed.
Ferit Karahan’s finely spun drama illuminates a microcosm marked by poverty and fear. Surrounded by snow and frost, the emotional coldness which prevails between teachers and pupils in this authoritarian educational institution become almost physically tangible.
by Ferit Karahan
with Samet Yıldız, Ekin Koç, Mahir İpek, Melih Selçuk, Cansu Fırıncı, Nurullah Alaca
Turkey / Romania 2021 Turkish,  Kurdish 85’ Colour

With

  • Samet Yıldız (Yusuf)
  • Ekin Koç (Selim)
  • Mahir İpek (Principal)
  • Melih Selçuk (Kenan)
  • Cansu Fırıncı (Hamza)
  • Nurullah Alaca (Memo)

Crew

DirectorFerit Karahan
ScreenplayFerit Karahan, Gülistan Acet
CinematographyTürksoy Gölebeyi
EditingSercan Sezgin, Hayedeh Safiyari, Ferit Karahan
Sound DesignSrdjan Kurpjel
SoundKenan Güleşçe
Production DesignTolunay Türköz
CostumesFevziye Asli Kömür
Make-UpFulya Demirci
Assistant DirectorSunay Terzioğlu
CastingGözde Elmas, Asiye Kocaman
Production ManagersHakkı Serkan Çapa, Ozan Kaya
ProducerKanat Doğramacı
Executive ProducersTolga Günay, Ayhan Tepegöz, Craciun Alexandru Tudor
Co-ProducerCraciun Alexandru Tudor
Co-ProductionFlama Booking, Piatra Neamț

Produced by

Asteros Film

Istanbul, Turkey

+90 2122570048

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World sales

Intramovies

Rom, Italy

+39 6 45777930

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Ferit Karahan

Born in Muş, Turkey in 1983, he first worked as an assistant director before beginning to make his own short films. His debut feature, The Fall from Heaven, won Best Film at the Antalya Film Festival and Best First Film at the Ankara International Film Festival. Okul Tıraşı is his second feature film.

Filmography

2010 Berîya Tofanê (Before the Flood); short film 2011 Xewna Yûsiv (Yusiv’s Dream); short film 2013 Cennetten Kovulmak (The Fall from Heaven) 2021 Okul Tıraşı (Brother’s Keeper)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2021