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    Netherlands, Turkey


    35 min

    • Turkish


    Gulyabani is an entity, a ghoul, an outsider. She’s the restless spirit of a desolate and lonely place. Fethiye Sessiz, a notorious clairvoyant from Izmir in 1970s and 1980s, remembers fractions of her survival from abuse, kidnappings and violence. Recounting the events of her childhood through her diary 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.


    • Best International Short - Reykjavik FF



    Murat Tuncel
    Gürcan Keltek
    Fazilet Onat
    Gürcan Keltek
    Oscillatorial Binnage
    29P FILMS


    Gulyabani makes surprising links between the occult and the Turkish state's repressive politics (...) Lucid delirium with an ever accelerating, trance-inducing force field of imagery in a variety formats that becomes profoundly compelling.

    Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound - October 2018

    Shifting deftly from personal-poetic rumination to allegorical horror to out-and-out abstraction, Gulyabani stages a bracing historical intervention through an inspired combination of aesthetic elements and narrative devices. Keltek has crafted a dark and dazzling 35-minute journey into Turkey’s post-Republic political landscape.

    Jordan Cronk, The Brooklyn Rail

    Gürcan Keltek

    Gürcan Keltek


    There are no limits in documentary filmmaking, and when you try to describe them, they just expand.

    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.

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