Phases of Matter

  • 71'
  • Turkey
  • 2020

The professor strides resolutely through the old Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Hospital. She stops next to a patient. Having professionally exchanged some medical data, she interestedly asks the elderly woman on the bed what book she is reading. The professor picks it up and reads a love poem aloud – an unexpected contrast in Deniz Tortum's depiction of the parallel world of doctors and other workers in the hospital where he was born and where his father is a doctor.

A human, curious look at a place where life and death, levity and severity, poetry and confrontation go side by side. Roaming freely, the observational style of this documentary flows into more free-spirited impressions, including of medical equipment, preserved body parts, medical dummies and a comforting reflection from the imam of the mortuary. The ancient hospital itself heightens further the growing sense of impermanence. It is also under threat of demolition.

Director
Deniz Tortum
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Turkey
Production Year
2020
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
71'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Maddenin halleri
Language
Turkish
Producers
Anna Maria Aslanoglu, Öykü Canlı, Asli Erdem, Fırat Sezgin
Production Companies
Istos film, Yumurta Yapim, Beatrice Films, Institute of Time
Sales
Istos film
Cinematography
Deniz Tortum
Editor
Sercan Sezgin
Sound Design
Ernst Karel, Yalın Özgencil
Music
Alican Çamcı, Moondog