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    94 min

    • Turkish


    Her nightmare is reality and reality is a total nightmare. A news channel employee Hasret, has been seeing the same nightmare for quite some time. Through recurring nightmares, a question creeps into her mind: Is it possible that her parents were not killed in a traffic accident twenty years ago but have died in some other, horrific way?


    • LUNA Gamechanger Award - SXSW



    Algı Eke
    Özgür Çevik
    Ceylan Özgün Özçelik
    Radek Ladczuk
    Ahmet Can Çakırca
    Ekin Fil

    Director's Statement

    There is a shopping mall in Istiklal Street, which was built recently, fracturing both the fabric of Taksim and our memories. I felt so scared when I realized that I couldn’t recall what stood there before. I asked many friends the same question: What used to stand where the shopping mall is now? The result was frightening! None of them could remember.

    We do forget. What are the limits of oblivion? Forgetting massacres?

    INFLAME is a psychological thriller, based on collective memory and its sphere of influence, tells its tale through a nightmare. Tracks a news channel employee who lives in an uncanny country, where reality and hallucinations bounce off of each other. Tracks a woman, who seeks her past in her own memory.



    Visually impressive... especially in its liberal use of lengthy tracking shots and incongruously lyrical tableaux of Istanbul's colossal high-rise construction sites.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    A deeply relevant psychological thriller, directed with an elegant command of the medium.

    SXSW Jury (LUNA Gamechanger Award)

    A well-shot and admirably performed paranoia-laced thriller.

    Aaron Hendrix, Talk Film Society

    Ceylan Özgün Özçelik

    Ceylan Özgün Özçelik


    For all the upcoming, new female directors who still are in search of a person to rely on, who suffocated, felt alone, struggled, and were rejected for so long, please never give up!

    Born in 1980, in Turkey. She studied Law at the Marmara University in Istanbul, but never practiced. After working as a text writer in TV channels and as a DJ in a radio station, she started to produce, write and host a TV show on cinema called “En Heyecanlı Yeri”, which was aired for almost ten years. A book of interviews and media memoirs called "Dikkat Çekim Var!” written by her, was published in 2013. She had written film reviews for online and print media for 14 years. Her short films were screened at various festivals including Bratislava Art and Festroia. She also edited behind the scenes, cinema award videos, production company trailers and documentaries. Her feature film debut INFLAME (2017), which is a thriller about memory and media, made its world premiere at the Berlinale Panorama and won Luna Gamechanger Award at SXSW.

    Selected Filmography