Fehmi, a 19-year-old aspiring rapper from a rough neighborhood of Istanbul, is addicted to bonzai, a cheap and deadly drug, jeopardizing his dreams of becoming a successful rapper. When Fehmi crosses paths with Devin, a 25-year-old affluent DJ, they fall hard for each other and find the inspiration they were lacking. But the flaming and troubled love of this unlikely duo soon becomes toxic. WHEN I’M DONE DYING is an emotional roller coaster into Istanbul youth, steeped into edgy rap composed by one of the most acclaimed beatmakers and rappers in Turkey, Da Poet.
- Best Director (Official Selection) - Tallinn Black Nights FF
- Oktay Çubuk
- Hayal Köseoglu
- Ushan Çakir
- MAGNOLIA PICTURES
- SOLIS FILM
- RED BALLOON FILM
A compelling story, bolstered by a solid script and a good cast of non-professional actors and emerging talents
The picture’s loose-limbed swagger and readiness to take risks keeps the energy level high.
My take on filmmaking is less about self-expression and more about creating a journey where viewers cross paths with unlikely characters whom they wouldn’t get to meet in their daily lives.
Born and raised in Turkey, Nisan Dağ is a writer/director who started her storytelling journey as a teenager with animated shorts. After graduating from Columbia University’s MFA Film Program, she co-directed her feature debut ACROSS THE SEA (2014). The film competed at Warsaw Film Festival, won several awards in festivals including Jury and Audience Award at Slamdance and Best Director at Milano. Nisan directed a documentary episode for MTV’s Rebel Music Series in 2015 with rappers from Istanbul’s slums, which led her to write and develop her second feature WHEN I’M DONE DYING (2020). It recently had its world premiere in the main competition of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival where Nisan won the Best Director prize.