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Black Sun

premiere: 2019 Locarno Film Festival - Pardi di Domani / Pardino d'Oro, Best International Short Film


A coming storm after dog days dawns during a sudden road trip to a distant island for a funeral. The dead is buried in haste and a man makes a detour through Aegean Turkey. The funeral is eclipsed by a last wish. The wind blows ashes where it pleases.

2019 | 1.77:1 | 16mm | 25fps | Color | 5.1 | Turkish, English Subtitles | 20'


Enes Yurdaün, Seren Şirince, Ariya Toprak, Sencar Sağdıç ve Nur Sürer, Ercan Kesal

Director & Editor: Arda Çiltepe

Scriptwriters: Arda Çiltepe​ & Julia Tielke

Producers: Alara Hamamcıoğlu (Vigo Film), Öykü Canlı (Yumurta Yapım)

Co-Producer: HFBK Hamburg

Director of Photography: Julia Tielke

Colorist: Nils Petersen

Sound Designer & Mix: Postbıyık

Sound Recordist: Enis Danabaş

Art Director: İdris Kaan Akbay

Assistant Director: Ozan Yoleri

Gaffer: Yusuf Elbaşı

Focus Puller: Elisa Juri

Second Assistant Director: Aslı Özoğuz

Production Coordinators: Sergen Dilmen, Dilara Çatak

Boom Operator: Berkay Sarıtaş

Creative Consultant: Gürcan Keltek


2019: Locarno Film Festival / Pardino d’oro for The Best International Short Film, Sarajevo Film Festival - International Competition, Reykjavik Film Festival - International Competition, Seville European Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Uppsala International Short Film Festival/ EFA Shorts, Interfilm Short Film festival / EFA Shorts, Ayvalık Film Festival, Bosphorus Film Festival - National Competition, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival - National Competition, Passaggi d’autore / Competition, Glasgow Short Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Festival del Cinema Europeo / EFA Shorts, Norwegian Short Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Auteur Film Festival - Competition

2020: İstanbul Film Festivali / Best Short Film, Minimalen Short Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Vilnius International Film Festival / International Short Competition, Tampere Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Portland Film Festival, New Directors / New Films at Lincoln Center, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival / Winners of Other Festivals, VIS Vienna Shorts Festival / EFA Shorts, OFF – Odense International Film Festival (Denmark) / EFA Shorts, Curtas Vila do Conde (Portugal) / EFA Shorts, Dokufest / EFA Shorts, Braunschweig International Film Festival / EFA Shorts, Film Front International Short Film Festival / Short Film Competition, Sharjah Film Festival, İzmir Short Film Festival / National Competition, L'Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona / National Short Film Competition

​About the Director

​Before graduating from Economics at Boğaziçi University, he worked as a translator for several major publishing houses in Turkey. He co-produced Meteors (dir. Gürcan Keltek, 2017, Locarno Festival’s Filmmakers of the Present) and Gulyabani (dir. Gürcan Keltek, 2018, Locarno Festival’s Signs of Life). He produced The Pillar of Salt (dir. Burak Çevik, 2018, Berlinale Forum). Besides studying master’s degree in film at Hamburg Fine Arts University, he is the producer of Gürcan Keltek’s next feature project-in-development New Dawn Fades and the co-producer of Semih Gülen and Mustafa Emin Büyükcoşkun’s debut project-in-development Athlete.

Maddenin Halleri

Phases of Matter

premiere: 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival - Bright Future Main Programme

Taking place at Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Phases of Matter focuses on the doctor who calls the hospital their home, the daily lives of the nurse and personnel, the endless hallways of the hospital, and the faded-colored buildings, the electrical power supply that runs on gossip, and the humour that diligently tries to lighten up death. The film aims to understand life at the hospital by wandering around the doctor’s office, the operation room, the countless other corners where the healthy wouldn’t care to go. ıt observes the talent of the personnel to deal with anything that takes place under this roof, the resistance and the fragility of the body, and the broken country right outside.

2020 | Color | 5.1 | Turkish, English Subtitles | 71'

Director​: Deniz Tortum

Producers: Anna Maria Aslanoğlu (istos film), Öykü Canlı (Yumurta Yapım), Aslı Erdem (Beatrice Films)

Co-Producer: Fırat Sezgin (Institute of Time)

Editor: Sercan Sezgin

Director of Photograph: Deniz Tortum

Music: Alican Çamcı

Sound Design: Ernst Karel, Yalın Özgencil

Colorist: James Norman


2020: Rotterdam Film Festival - Bright Future Main Programme, Golden Orange Film Festival / Best Documentary Film Award, İstanbul Film Festival / Best Documentary Award, Accessible Film Festival / Best Film Award & Best Director Award, Imagine Science Film Festival / Labocine Special Mention


2020: Museum of Moving Image, NYC / First Look 2020, İstanbul Modern Cinema / Count Us In!

About the Director

Deniz Tortum was born in Istanbul in 1989. His films have screened at many film festivals including Venice Film Festival, Rotterdam, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and Dokufest. He worked at the MIT Open Documentary Lab focusing on VR research. He curated and produced the new media sections of !f Istanbul and Camden Film Festival. Among his work are the first Turkish film screened at SxSW, ZAYIAT (2013); VR project created with Çağrı Hakan Zaman and Nil Tuzcu, that told the story of Istanbul Pogrom, a government-initiated organized attack on the minorities of Istanbul on September 6-7, 1955, called September 1955 (2016); the documentary If Only There Were Peace (2017),  co-directed with Carmine Grimaldi; FLOODPLAIN (2018) which was inspired by the world portrayed in Emre Yeksan’s Yuva; the roadtrip/music documentary Anatolian Trip (2018) co-directed with Can Eskinazi; and PHASES OF MATTER (2020) which made its world premiere in January at the Rotterdam Film Festival.


The Diamond Sea

premiere: 2021 İstanbul Film Festival - Short Film Competition