Aether

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    Aether

    Directed by

    Turkey, Italy

    2019

    82 min

    • No dialogue

    Documentary

    Hasankeyf, an antique city and archaeological site with over 12,000 years of rich history nestling in the valley of the Tigris River, in the Kurdish part of Turkey, is doomed to disappear beneath an artificial lake, in order to allow for the construction of a hydroelectric dam. With this first feature film showing remarkable beauty and command, Rûken Tekes does not seek to explain the stakes of this future annihilation but creates a space in which the spirit of the place can express itself. A space that transcends time and reveals the natural cycles of creation, destruction and rebirth at the heart of the film. She thus chooses a sensorial and meditative approach, focused on the natural elements—water, earth, air and fire—in order to capture something of a primordial connection with this territory and everything that lives in it, be it a man, a sheep, an ant or a river. A cinematographical gesture which, instead of making the expected inventory of the treasures ready to be swallowed up, seeks to reveal the mysterious and timeless nature of a site unique in the world.

    Awards

    • Special Jury Prize - Antalya FF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Ruken Tekes
    Cinematography
    Deniz Eyüboglu
    Editing
    Marco Spoletini
    Ruken Tekes
    Music
    Metehan Dada
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    FABULA FILMS
    Production
    SARYA FILMS COLLECTIVE

    Press

    With this first feature film showing remarkable beauty and command, Rûken Tekes does not seek to explain the stakes of this future annihilation but creates a space in which the spirit of the place can express itself.

    Céline Guénot, Visions du Réel

    A delicately drawn, awe-inspiring love letter to loss.

    Filmuforia

    Rûken Tekeş

    Rûken Tekeş

    Turkey

    A film has the power to create timeless space to understand and feel the relative realities of one another.

    Rûken Tekes, Kurdish born on 1976 in Diyarbakir - Turkey. She is a human rights expert and worked for several years for the United Nations before becoming a lecturing professor at universities. She started script writing and directing films on social, political and environmental issues in 2015 after having a severe injury that made her stay six months in bed. She is the founder of production company SARYA FILMS COLLECTIVE, which produces her films and supports women in cinema. THE CIRCLE (2016) is her first short film, nominated for "European Short Film"- 30th European Film Academy Awards (Best Film by an Emerging Director - Chicago Int. Children's FF, Clermont-Ferrand FF - Best Short Film nominated, Best Short Film & German Independence Award - Oldenburg FF, PRIX EFA Drama - Drama Int. FF, Audience Awards - !F Istanbul FF and Diversity in Cannes, Special Mentions - Minneapolis St. Paul FF and Film Femmes Méditerraneée FF, screened over 200 festivals and in the primary schools of USA, Italy, France, Spain and China). Her debut feature, AETHER (2019), premiered at Visions du Réel, International Competition.

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