Kavur

  • 89'
  • Turkey
  • 2023

From the mid-1980s till the mid-1990s, Ömer Kavur was one of Turkey’s internationally most visible directors, with several of his masterpieces finding a place at festivals deemed prestigious such as Venice (Anayurt Oteli, 1987; Gizli yüz, 1991) and Cannes (Gece Yolculuğu, 1987; Akrebin Yolculuğu, 1997). But tastes and the zeitgeist are fickle. By now, Kavur’s signature Kafkaesque existentialism, which defines his art from Göl (1982) onward, is only remembered by specialists, as often happens to auteurs whose cinema revolves and evolves around a very clearly defined set of themes, motives and obsessions.

In the case of Kavur, it was the shadows of pasts too vaguely remembered, faces too similar, clocks and watches eerily at rest, labyrinthine towns, people vanishing and mysterious women whose enigma might often rest solely in the imagination of men held hostage by their own thoughts.

Director Fırat Özeler symbolically sent a woman on a voyage of discovery into the oeuvre and world of Kavur. What she finds are empty sites and other remains of Kavur’s productions, like making-of videos and set reports – audiovisual shadows of a life in film. But as the film reminds us: maybe the moments that are not lived are much more important than the ones that are lived.

 

Olaf Möller

Director
Fırat Özeler
Premiere
World premiere
Country of production
Turkey
Year
2023
Festival Edition
IFFR 2023
Length
89'
Medium
DCP
Languages
Turkish, English
Producer
Emir Melek
Production Company
Luna Film Co.
Sales
Luna Film Co.
Screenplay
Fırat Özeler
Cinematography
Fırat Özeler
Editor
Fırat Özeler, Melis Terlemez, Idil Akkus
Sound Design
Yalın Özgencil
Music
Başar Ünder
Cast
Cem Yılmaz, Funda Eryiğit, Tilbe Saran