The Pillar of Salt

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    The Pillar of Salt

    Tuzdan kaide

    Directed by

    Turkey

    2018

    70 min

    • Turkish

    Fiction

    A pregnant young woman living in a cave looks for her missing sister. The protagonist leaves her almost fairytale-like cave to set out across a river, taking up her sister’s trail. This trail leads her to a botanical garden, a bird shop, and a darkroom. The photo lab technician compares the effect of photographs to God turning Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt because she couldn’t resist the temptation of turning around to see Sodom be destroyed. Captured for eternity, transfixed for eternity – should we take it at face value when the protagonist tells the boatwoman that she is a part-time vampire? The dreamlike way in which the film digresses to show us a plant, a strip of negatives, or a table tennis match contributes considerably to the strange fascination it develops. Some things remain mysterious – which only makes us even more curious about what they might be referring to.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Zinnure Türe
    Dila Yumurtacı
    Esme Madra
    Banu Fotocan
    Elit İşcan
    Nihal Koldaş
    Reyhan Özdilek
    Ayşe Demirel
    Nazan Kesal
    Nalan Kuruçim
    Screenplay
    Burak Çevik
    Cinematography
    Burak Serin
    Editing
    Burak Çevik
    Music
    Ozan Tekin
    Production
    FOL FILM
    Festival Bookings
    RAMONDA INK
    Burak Çevik

    Burak Çevik

    Turkey

    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.

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