Zayiat

Narrative | 62' 25" | 2013

A man falls into the Bosphorus on a snowy night. His son, Mete, half-heartedly searches for him in wintered Istanbul. As Mete traces through the undercurrents of his father's life, he takes on the role of the father figure in his family, both by heading his own search to find him and also becoming him through seemingly arbitrary forms of modern communication. Yet all of this transformation seems in vain and the personal and political problems become more visible.

SxSW 2013 Official Selection
!F Istanbul 2013 Official Selection
"Istanbul has shaped a considerable amount of my personality and how I make sense of the world. The city has a feeling of sadness and darkness that resonates, but it does not necessarily pull one down. Instead, the melancholy makes one feel more attached to the city. This feeling perpetuates a sense of common collectivity and camaraderie between those who live or spend considerable time in Istanbul, forming the fabric of a larger community.

Turkey is experiencing a transitional political phase and moving towards conservatism, the likes of which makes Turkey’s future murky and unknown. This feeling of not knowing is heightened by the burden of “now”. There is almost no meaning in the “now”, and all one can do is flow and move forward through time and space. The unknown makes all actions and events somewhat arbitrary. The characters move through time and space without a definitive sense of destination. There is a palpable and urgent need to deal with the present. But all there is palpable is the inability to discern the cues that would unravel the purpose."
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