FESTIVALS: FNE at Istanbul IFF: Our Grand Despair

By Kerem Akca

    Seyfi Teoman's Our Grand Despair, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, received both the Best Film award and the Film Critics' Choice award at the Turkey/German Film Festival in March 2011.

    The film is Seyfi Teoman's second movie after Summer Book which also opened at the Berlin Film Festival. It is adapted from a book by Baris Bicakci. Ilker Aksum, Fatih Al, Gunes Sayin and Taner Birsel play the leading roles. The film is a story of friendship and love between three people.

    The film is supported by Turkish Cultural Ministry, Eurimages, Rotterdam Film Festival Hubert Bals Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg Fund, Efes Pilsen and Lokomotif Kamera. It was presented at several co-production workshops: Cannes Film Festival's L'Atelier in May 2009, Sarajevo Film Festival's Cinelink in August 2009, Pusan Film Festival's Pusan Promotion Plan in October 2009, Holland Film Meeting in October 2008 and Produire au Sud in November 2008.

    The film is Bulut Film's (www.bulutfilm.com) third production. The producers are Yamac Okur and Nadir Operli.

    Screening: 14 April, 19:00 at Atlas

    Production contact:

    Bulut Film

    Bogazici Universitesi Mithat Alam Film Merkezi

    Guney Kampus

    Bebek / Istanbul


    Tel.: +90 (212) 287 19 49

    Fax: +90 (212) 287 70 68

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    Producer: Yamac Okur, Nadir Operli

    Director: Seyfi Teoman

    Screenwriter: Seyfi Teoman

    Cinematographer: Birgit Gudjonsdottir

    Editor: Cicek Kahraman

    Art director: Nadide Argun


    Ilker Aksum

    Fatih Al

    Gunes Sayin

    Taner Birsel

    Baki Davrak

    Mehmet Ali Nuroglu

    Cem Ozeren

    Ilgaz Kocaturk