TURKEY

BUTTERFLIES Kelebekler

2018 – DCP – color – 117’

 

Direction: Tolga Karaçelik

Screenplay: Tolga Karaçelik

Cinematography: Andaç Sahan

Editing: Evren Lus

Set design: Cem Ece, Arzu Kadak

Music: Ahmet Kenan Bilgic

Cast: Tugce Altug, Bartu Küçükçaglayan, Tolga Tekin, Serkan Keskin, Hakan Karsak, Ezgi Mola, Ercan Kesal

Producers: Metin Anter, Diloy Gülün, Tolga Karaçelik

Production: Karaçelik Film Yapim

 

SYNOPSIS

Close-up of an astronaut’s face: The astronaut is Cemal. Kenan dubs home videos for a living. In a classroom, kindergarten teacher Suzan weeps frantically. They are the sons and daughter of Mazhar. Now, after being 30 years apart, their father calls them back home to their village of Hasanlar. They don’t know why. When they arrive to Hasanlar, they realize that their father is dead and in his will he asks to be buried when the butterflies come to the village to die; one of the many strangeness of this village. Three siblings who neither know each other nor anything about their father will have to kill time in this village while waiting for the time of the butterflies. As they start to find out more about their father and about each other, they also start to know more about themselves.

 

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

“Mazhar Candan was my uncle and a poet and he died. He made me enjoy Odyssey when I was 9 years old. We took a journey through the kingdoms, which Herodotus told about. (…) I’m 35 years old. I feel like death is still far away. While I still feel stronger than death, I wanted to write a comedy where death is a character but not significant enough to be the lead. At Mazhar’s funeral I gave a speech and said “He always wanted to be an underground poet; he finally is”. No one laughed, but I thought it was funny. And I’m sure Mazhar was there and he also found it funny. I wrote this movie to make Mazhar smile.”

 

MAIN AWARDS AND FESTIVALS

2018 Sundance FF – World Cinema / Dramatic: Grand Jury Prize

2018 Thessaloniki FF – Balkan Survey: Audience Award

2018 Bucharest IFF: Best Film

2018 Istanbul IFF – National Competition: Best Actor, Special Prize of the Jury