Director Can Evrenol Talks Film on Radio Bilkent

25 February 2020 Comments Off on Director Can Evrenol Talks Film on Radio Bilkent

Last week, on the Thursday edition of its popular “Drive Time” program, Radio Bilkent hosted horror film director Can Evrenol. Mr. Evrenol emerged onto the cinema scene during the past decade with “Baskın” (2015) and “Housewife” (2017); he is also one of the directors of the Netflix series “Hakan: The Protector.” These days, his films are being shown in theaters around the country, with his latest movie, “Girl With No Mouth,” released earlier this month.

During the broadcast, Mr. Evrenol talked about the difficulty he initially experienced in getting his films shown at cinemas and expressed his unhappiness with the prevailing negative attitude toward independent films in general. A breakthrough for him came when moviegoers started a campaign in support of his work; the number of those who support him has, he noted, continued to increase.

The director and the “Drive Time” hosts also discussed the premiere of “Girl With No Mouth,” its screening in Ankara and other cities, and his expectations concerning the film. In addition, Mr. Evrenol talked about his life before he began working in the film industry and answered questions about his hobbies and spare-time activities, the movies he likes, and his vision of the cinema.

Director of “Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” Documentary Visits Bilkent

24 December 2018 Comments Off on Director of “Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” Documentary Visits Bilkent

On December 18, director Yasin Ali Türkeri visited Bilkent to show and discuss his documentary film “Başka Tren Gıdı Gıdı” (The Gıdı Gıdı: A Different Kind of Train). The film, released in 2018, tells the story of the Sümerbank Textile Factory in Nazilli, which was built with Soviet assistance in the 1930s.

The documentary approaches the story through the Gıdı Gıdı, a train that belonged to the plant and now waits quietly inside the closed factory for passengers that will never appear. After the film, Mr. Türkeri joined faculty members and students for a wide-ranging conversation that covered, among other things, the research done for the film and how people in both Turkey and Russia responded to his project.

The event was organized by the Bilkent Center for Russian Studies.