Ghosts
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    Ghosts

    Hayaletler

    Directed by

    Turkey, France, Qatar

    2020

    90 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    In Istanbul, a day on the verge of a country-wide power surge unfolds with four characters – a mother whose son is in prison, a young woman committed to dancing, a female activist-artist and a cunning middle man – all in a neighbourhood undergoing a process of gentrification for the “New Turkey”. Their stories intertwine along the day up until a drug deal incident, offering a roaring tale of the contemporary generation.

    Awards

    • Grand Prize - Settimana Internazionale della Critica
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress - Antalya Golden Orange FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Nalan Kuruçim
    Dilayda Güneş
    Beril Kayar
    Emrah Özdemir
    Screenplay
    Azra Deniz Okyay
    Cinematography
    Bariş Özbiçer
    Editing
    Ayris Alptekin
    Music
    Ekin Uzeltuzenci
    Sales
    MPM PREMIUM
    Production
    HEIMATLOS FILMS

    Press

    Azra Deniz Okyay

    Azra Deniz Okyay

    Turkey

    As a fiction director you should observe people in detail before writing about them. Making documentaries first helped me observe and film people without exploiting them.

    Born in Istanbul, Azra Deniz Okyay started photography at the age of 12, and became an assistant at 14 to the photographer Dora Günel. After finishing high school in Lycée Français Pierre Loti of Istanbul she moved to Paris to study cinema at Sorbonne-Nouvelle where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s. She worked in Michel Gondry's Partizan Production company. She returned to Turkey in 2010 and became the first female director at Depo, an advertising production company of Istanbul. She has made various shorts and music videos. Her works on Video-Arts were selected to international exhibitions and galleries. GHOSTS (2020), her feature film debut, won the grand prize at the Venice International Film Critics’ Week and was recently awarded at the Antalya Golden Orange FF.