11/25/2017 20:00 – Caligari FilmBühne
11/26/2017 17:30 – Programmkino Rex

France/Romania/Turkey 2016 104 min Turkish original version with German and English subtitles
by Mehmet Can Mertoğlu

Script: Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, DoP: Marius Panduru, Editor: Ayhan Ergürsel, Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, Production: Kamara, A.S.A.P. Films, Parada Film, co-produced with ARTE France Cinéma, Producers: Yoel Meranda, Eytan İpeker, Cast: Şebnem Bozoklu, Murat Kılıç, Rıza Akın, Mihriban Er, Ali Meriç

A childless couple prepares a photo album of a fake pregnancy period. This way, their adopted child should recognize them as loving biological parents. Bahar and Cüneyt are an average middle-class couple with beliefs, dreams and preoccupations of their provincial urban environment. A child would complete their perfect lifestyle image, but adoption can be a long bureaucratic process, especially for picky parents.

“Mehmet Can Mertoğlu’s debut feature, ALBÜM, is stocked with barbed takes on the world they inhabit, where listless bureaucrats snooze their way toward meager pensions and the film’s parents-to-be treat the job of picking out their newborn with all the passion and excitement of a couple choosing a carpet for the living room.” (Christopher Vourlias, Variety)

Mehmet Can Mertoğlu, born in Akhisar/Turkey, in 1988, studied Turkish
Literature at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. His short film YOKUŞ (2008)screened in various festivals including Rotterdam, Edinburgh, Montréal and Angers. In 2011, he finalized his second short film FER. ALBÜM is his debut feature, awarded at the Sarajevo Film Festival 2016 as best feature film.

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11/25/2017 20:00 – Caligari FilmBühne