The Cemil Show

  • 102'
  • Turkey
  • 2021

When he auditions for the remake of a classic Turkish film, Cemil is rejected almost immediately. He returns to his job as a security guard at a large shopping mall, where he finds out that his colleague is the daughter of veteran actor Turgay Göral, who once played Cemil’s dream part. When Göral dies an ignominious death, Cemil promptly immerses himself in his life’s work. In the meantime, the mild-mannered protagonist is taunted and humiliated from all sides to such an extent that he increasingly withdraws into Göral’s acclaimed villainous role.

This slightly absurd, darkly comic drama makes use of various film formats. ‘Archival footage’ of grainy classic Turkish black-and-white films, shot by director Bariş Sarhan, is interspersed with Cemil’s tormented life in the present. The stylish shots and characteristic, often brightly coloured, locations betray the fact that director Bariş Sarhan also works as an art director and maker of commercials. In 2015 he made a short with the same title and largely the same cast, in which security guard Cemil does his utmost – in vain – to become employee of the month.

On demand

Available to watch from home for a limited period after the premiere screening. Buy a ticket to start this programme once (on one screen) at any moment within the timeframe.

    • From Thursday 04 February 13:30Thu 04 Feb 13:30
    • to Sunday 07 February 13:30Sun 07 Feb 13:30

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  • Online
    Thursday 04 February 2021
    Online
    With live Q&A
Director
Bariş Sarhan
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Turkey
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
IFFR 2021
Length
102'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Cemil şov
Language
Turkish
Producers
Bariş Sarhan, Umut Egitimci
Production Company
Sarhan Projects
Sales
Alpha Violet
Screenplay
Bariş Sarhan
Cinematography
Soykut Turan
Editor
Evren Luş
Production Design
Billur Turan
Music
Taner Yücel
Cast
Ozan Çelik, Nesrin Cavadzade, Alican Yücesoy
Website
http://barissarhan.com/