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Bilal Uğur Liman
2019 | 3:20

We’re destroying the countryside. We’re moving away from never seeing mother earth again. Today, tomorrow in Istanbul; in the hope that it will not happen to our developing countryside and today’s villages…

Istanbul, which is mentioned in the film, is actually the representation of all the cities and villages that move away from the soil and realize the value of the land late.

A hundred year later from now… A city that is almost invisible and expanding in all directions, has begun to lose its essence in a distorted way… Istanbul…
Istanbul is losing itself and cannot find it anymore. Istanbul of Zeus, Byzas, the Ottomans and many others… It has changed too much that it cannot recognize itself. The ruins of history have remained at the bottom and their memories have been forgotten. We are on a journey to Istanbul’s own past, looking for and missing itself in the past. Istanbul finds himself nowadays when it begins to lose his memories. Istanbul walks through its own branched streets. It cannot bring what it left behind. And it opens its eyes, the journey is over with a last tear drop of desperation. I see Istanbul with my eyes closed!

 

About the Director
I was born in 1993. I completed my education in Ankara. My architect and illustrator. I run my own business in the workshop called BacaWorks. I have a total of 14 awards in 7 architecture-design competitions, 5 in illustration competitions and 2 in film competitions. Five of them are the first prize. I worked in corporate design and graphic agencies. Nowadays, I work on my new film, I work as a cartoonist and I organize various workshops.

Screenings
IAPS-CS, Istanbul, Turkey (2019): First Prize
Novel Heroes Literature Festival Short Film Competition, Turkey (2019): Third Prize
Duemila 30 Film Festival, Italy (2019): Finalist
Boston Turkish Festival Documentary&Short Film Competition, USA (2019): Finalist (In Progress)
20. International İzmir Short Film Festival, Turkey (2019): Finalist (In Progress)
Humano International Human Rights Film Festival, Mexico (2019) : Official Selection
Sound Screen Film Fest, Italy (2019): Official Selection
Geo Film Festival, Italy (2019): Official Selection
Emerge Microsinema, USA (2019): Official Selection

Awards
IAPS-CS, Istanbul, Turkey (2019): First Prize
Novel Heroes Literature Festival Short Film Competition, Turkey (2019): Third Prize
Duemila 30 Film Festival, Italy (2019): Finalist
Boston Turkish Festival Documentary&Short Film Competition, USA (2019): Finalist (In Progress)
20. International İzmir Short Film Festival, Turkey (2019): Finalist (In Progress)