Toll Booth

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    Toll Booth

    Gişe Memuru

    Directed by

    Turkey

    2010

    96 min

    • Turkish

    Drama

    Kenan is a 35-year-old toll booth attendant still living with his father who suffers from heart disease. Shy and withdrawn, he prefers to live in his own head rather than engaging with the people around him. He works at a busy toll station, and is known to talk to himself occasionally while working. As with everyone else, his relationship with his father is one of reserve and distance. During the day, Nurgül takes care of Kenan’s ailing father. In her early 30s, talkative and maternal, Nurgül has known the family since her childhood, including Kenan’s mother who passed away many years ago. Stuck between work and home, Kenan’s humdrum life takes a dramatic turn when the newly appointed toll booth manager visits for supervision.

    Awards

    • Best First Film, Best Actor, Best First Film and Best Actor, International Antalya Golden Orange FF
    • Special Mention (for Serkan Ercan) / Balkan Competition, Sofia IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Serkan Ercan
    Zafer Diper
    Nur Aysan
    Nergis Öztürk
    Sermet Yesil
    Büşra Pekin
    Ruhi Sari
    Nadir Saribacak
    Iskender Bagcilar
    Mehmet Güreli
    Türkü Turan
    Screenplay
    Tolga Karaçelik
    Cinematography
    Ercan Özkan
    Editing
    Çiçek Kahraman
    Evren Luş
    Tolga Karaçelik
    Music
    Cem Adiyaman
    Production
    MANTAR FILM

    Press

    ... hilarious work

    Rania Richardson, IndieWire

    Tolga Karaçelik

    Tolga Karaçelik

    Turkey

    I'm not here to find answers - hope is also an answer. My aim is to ask questions, as everyone asks themselves.

    Tolga Karaçelik has directed three feature films and several award-winning shorts. His debut film, TOLL BOOTH, screened at festivals around the world, winning a number of awards. His second film, IVY, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, 2015. He was a juror at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival’s East of the West Competition in 2016. His latest feature BUTTERFLIES screened at IFF Rotterdam, Sundance FF (World Cinematic Grand Jury Prize) and Istanbul FF (Special Jury Prize – In Memory of Onat Kutlar).

    Selected Filmography