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Gulyabani

Gulyabani
Director: Gürcan Keltek

Netherlands, Turkey, 2018, documentary, short, 34 mins., Turkish with English and Lithuanian subtitles

Gulyabani is an entity, a ghoul, an outsider: She’s the restlessspirit of desolate and lonely place. Fethiye Sessiz, a notorious clairvoyant of Izmir in ‘70s and ‘80s, remembers fractions of her survival from abuse, kidnappings and violence.

Recounting the events of her childhood through her diary entries and letters to her estranged son, Gulyabani recollects the emotional landscape in the most violent period of post-Republic Turkey, where the memory of the future and fragments of the past come together at once.

About the director

Born in İzmir, Gürcan Keltek studied film at Dokuz Eylül University before directing several shorts including Overtime (2012), selected at Visions Du Réel and DOK Leipzig. His medium-format film, Colony (2015), was screened at FIDMarseille.

Meteorlar (2017), his first feature film, premiered at Locarno Film Festival where it won Swatch Art Peace Hotel First Feature Film Award and Cinelab Award.

Gulyabani (2018) premiered in Signs of Life section at Locarno Film Festival.

Screenplay: Gürcan Keltek, Ebru Ojen

Dir. of Photography: Murat Tuncel, Gürcan Keltek

Music: Oscillatorial Binnage

Producer: Marc Van Goethem, Gürcan Keltek

Cast: Zeynep Kumral