BELONGING is a contemporary thriller that maps out a criminal case, though it’s the very opposite of a genre film. In a voice-over delivered in the sober tone of a confession, a man reconstructs the murder of his future mother-in-law. Acting on the wishes of her daughter, his lover, he hired a contract killer to murder her because she opposed their relationship. All that the film shows are the many locations that make up the tragedy: a tidy apartment, the bus station in Ankara, the parking lot, the hallway, the murder victim’s bed… On the way back to Istanbul, the motorway by night becomes a screen onto which the terrible inner torment of someone with a life on his conscience is projected. Then the film changes perspective and shows how the lovers met and what preceded the bloody deed. These seemingly harmless images and conversations become charged by the viewer’s prior knowledge, as if in a psychosis. Why did the mysterious Pelin hate her parents so much? That’s a question the film doesn’t answer. In BELONGING, Burak Çevik conducts an elegant, exciting, and instinctual experiment with the detective impulses of his audience.
- Best National Feature Film Award, Best Screenplay Award - Bosphorus FF
- Çağlar Yalçınkaya
- Eylül Su Sapan
- Burak Çevik
- Barış Aygen
- Burak Çevik
- Ali Aga
- Mine Pakel
- FOL FILM
The dramatisation of this night-time encounter is excellent, thanks to the sustained dialogue between the protagonists, written as if it were at a kind of crossroads between Éric Rohmer and Richard Linklater.
Burak Çevik completed his undergraduate program on Cinema at Istanbul Bilgi University. He established the experimental cinema society, Fol in 2014 and curated various screenings. He produced the creative-documentary feature film METEORS directed by Gürcan Keltek in 2017. It was selected in the official competition of the 70th Locarno Film Festival in the Filmmakers of the Present section and won Swatch Best First Film Award. After his debut, THE PILLAR OF SALT (2018), BELONGING (2019) is his second feature-length film.