Following several experimental shorts, Tarık Aktaş’ remarkable feature debut concerns seven-year-old Hay, who finds a dead horse in a field and witnesses how much effort it takes to get rid of this. Aktaş portrays the adult Hay’s life in relatively unrelated vignettes: wounded during ritual slaughter; a confusing meeting in a hospital; the felling of a tree.

References to Hay's childhood memories are subtle: blood; a body on the beach; a recurring rope. The relationship between humanity and nature is crucial. The elements water and fire, earth and the air, all appear in the opening. Seemingly guileless realism with the unmistakable gut feeling of impending doom as the bearer of a spiritual line. In – as Paul Schrader put it – a "transcendental style", Aktaş aligns with filmmakers such as Robert Bresson and Lisandro Alonso. Aktaş won Best Emerging Director in Locarno for this film.

Filmmaker
Tarık Aktaş
Country
Turkey
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
73’
Language
Turkish
Producer
Güneş Şekeroğlu
Production Company
Hay Film Productions
Sales
Hay Film Productions
Writer
Tarık Aktaş
Cinematography
Necmettin Akdeniz
Editor
Osman Bayraktaroğlu
Sound Design
Barkın Engin
Music
Hayvanlar Alemi
Cast
Barış Bilgi, Serkan Aydin, Ali Yavuz Ilman, Ömer Bora, Ali Beyazit, Dilara Topuklular, Hasan Türker