Ember

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    Ember

    Kor

    Directed by

    Turkey, Germany

    2016

    115 min

    • English
    • Turkish

    Drama

    TIFFFilmFest Hamburg

    When her husband Cemal is arrested in Romania, Emine is left alone with their child who needs immediate surgery. She takes a job as a needle worker at a garment workshop where she comes across Ziya, her husband´s former boss. He can´t stay indifferent when he learns what the woman he once fancied is going through. When Cemal returns months later, he finds Emine working at the garment workshop and their son healthy. A hospital bill he accidentally sees reveals that Ziya has paid for the surgery and Emine hid this fact. Will Cemal, who already blames Ziya for what he went through and is extremely jealous of Emine, be able to confront this situation or choose to ignore it?

    Awards

    • Best Actor - PriFest

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Aslıhan Gürbüz
    Caner Cindoruk
    Taner Birsel
    İştar Gökseven
    Çağlar Çorumlu
    Dolunay Soysert
    Talha Yayıkcı
    Berat Özdemir
    Screenplay
    Zeki Demirkubuz
    Cinematography
    Zeki Demirkubuz
    Editing
    Sercan Sert
    Production
    MAVI FILM
    Zeki Demirkubuz

    Zeki Demirkubuz

    Turkey

    Zeki Demirkubuz was born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. After finishing secondary school, he moved to Istanbul. He started high school in Istanbul, but dropped out after his first semester, going to work in factories and workshops instead. During those working class years, he engaged in leftist politics. Following the 1980 military coup he served a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization. In prison, Demirkubuz developed a passionate interest in literature. He read the classics and started writing. Dostoyevsky and especially Crime and Punishment became a lasting inspiration in those years.
    After his release, he worked as a hawker, traveling from one city to another in Anatolia. In order to postpone compulsory military service, Demirkubuz decided to go back to school. He finished high school through distance learning, and entered the Department of Communications at Istanbul University. He began his film career as assistant director to Zeki Ökten in 1986, and worked as assistant director for various directors until making BLOCK-C (C BLOK, 1994), his first feature film. After this first film, Demirkubuz continued to work as an auteur and independent filmmaker writing his own original screenplays. Film critics and international audiences noticed Demirkubuz with his second film, INNOCENCE (MASUMIYET, 1997) which was screened at Venice Film Festival and THE THIRD PAGE (ÜÇÜNCÜ SAYFA, 1999) which was screened at several festivals in Turkey and Europe, including Locarno and Rotterdam. Following The Third Page, Demirkubuz started to work on his trilogy called “Tales of Darkness.” The first two parts of the trilogy FATE (YAZGI, 2001) and CONFESSION (İTIRAF, 2001) were screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2002. THE WAITING ROOM (BEKLEME ODASI, 2003) in which Demirkubuz also played the leading role, concluded the trilogy. DESTINY (KADER, 2006), the prequel to Innocence, has been followed by ENVY (KISKANMAK, 2009). INSIDE (YERALTI, 2012) won multiple awards at Istanbul IFF and Dubai IFF. NAUSEA (2015) received a Special Jury Mention at Sofia IFF. His latest feature is EMBER (2016).

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