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Fiction ㅣ JEONJU Cinema Project: Next Edition

Nothing in Its Place

Burak ÇEVIK
Türkiye 90min 4K Color Fiction
Production StatusPre-Production
Goal of ParticipationFinancing, Co-production, World Sales
Production budget260,000 USD
Budget Required125,000 USD
Secured budget Asteros Film (Self-funding) : 65,000 USD · Fol Film (Self-funding) : 70,000 USD
LOGLINE

Nothing in its Place focuses on the night of Turkiye's bloodiest massacre in 1978.

SYNOPSIS

In October 1978, six leftist youths who believe that the leftist revolution will happen through politics, not violence, gather at a house and start talking about the magazine they publish. Later during the night, two armed nationalist youths raid the house and tie the hands of the leftist youths as they wait for their deaths. Nothing in Its Place describes the night of a real political massacre that took place in Türkiye in 1978.

DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

I was in my early 20s when I first read a book, which I had randomly picked up from my father’s library, about how a group of left-wing university students was murdered in their tiny house in the late 70s. The text I had read was a transcript of the confession a murderer had made during his police interrogation. This blood-curdling confession haunted my mind and led me towards a question: How can a person kill another person for the sake of their own values? Nothing in its Place focuses on the night of Turkiye's bloodiest massacre in 1978.

I think that Turkiye's political history is not based on confrontation but is a history of non-confrontation. The film, which consists of a single sequence (single shot), is related both in content and form to the tradition of non-conflict in Turkish political history.

INTERVIEW
What inspired you to start this project?
Throughout my filmography I have tried to work with archival material. I believe that the important thing is to build a structure and develop a language to tell the story in a cinematic way. I remember in my early 20s I pulled a book out of my father's library and read it. It was about a group of leftist university students who were murdered in the late 1970s and it told the story of that terrible night through police records. This haunted my mind and led me towards a question: How can a person kill another person for the sake of their own values?
Is there any scene or emotion you want the audience to remember after watching this movie?
It is not easy to talk about a movie that has not yet been made. But in general, if I have to talk about the feeling that I want the movie to leave in the audience... The audience will feel like the swinging of a polarized world in the late 1970s: a constantly shaking camera, following characters from one room to another, sometimes dark, grainy, with lots of cigarette smoke and brown walls. At the same time, I want the film to convey the hope and the power of dreaming for the world to be a better place, through the young university students in the film. I think this is important.
DIRECTOR
Burak ÇEVIK
Born in 1993, Istanbul. He founded Fol Cinema Society and curated experimental and arthouse film screenings. He was lecturer on Non-Fiction between 2018-2020 at Istanbul Bilgi University. His films The Pillar of Salt (2018), Belonging (2019) and Forms of Forgetting (2023) premiered at Berlinale Forum. His video works have been screened at various festivals, such as Locarno FF, Toronto IFF, FID Marseille, and New York FF.
The Pillar of Salt (2018), Belonging (2019), Forms of Forgetting (2023)
PRODUCER
Burak ÇEVIK
Born in 1993, Istanbul. He founded Fol Cinema Society and curated experimental and arthouse film screenings. He was lecturer on Non-Fiction between 2018-2020 at Istanbul Bilgi University. His films The Pillar of Salt (2018), Belonging (2019) and Forms of Forgetting (2023) premiered at Berlinale Forum. His video works have been screened at various festivals, such as Locarno FF, Toronto IFF, FID Marseille, and New York FF.
The Pillar of Salt (2018), Belonging (2019), Forms of Forgetting (2023)
Kanat DOĞRAMACı
He founded Asteros Film. The company has always aimed to produce innovative and creative content, based on needs arising from viewer habits. Asteros Film has gained visibility both nationally and internationally with projects developed and produced with a true conviction to uphold the power of content and the vision of the creator. The company is maintaining its active presence in the industry with new projects produced for cinema, as well as digital platforms.
La Belle Indifference (2019), Brother’s Keeper (2021), Anatolian Leopard (2021)
CONTACTcevikburak@gmail.com
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