written & directed by
AZRA DENİZ OKYAY
Paths of Iffet, Didem, Raşit and Ela
intersect at Istanbul's Sucular street
in a day when there is a country-wide power surge.
GHOSTS
A very ambitious film, delivering a smart and vibrant story that challenges its audience as much as it entertains.
Shot with a fluid intimacy by cinematographer Baris Özbiçer, Okyay's film gathers momentum and an increasingly punk energy.
Eye For Film (UK)
Amber Wilkinson
Turkish director Azra Deniz Okyay breaks out with an excellent debut film featuring a cross-cutting narrative, a deserving winner of the International Film Critics’ Week Grand Prize.
Filmmaker Azra Deniz Okyay offers a lucid and passionate voice, which is a great promise not only for the viewer, but for Turkey itself.
From refugees who live a shadowy existence to young people who celebrate and dance behind closed doors, Azra Deniz Okyay documents ghosts behind closed walls.
Okyay brings a fresh eye to a story of cultural loss, which unfolds right in the moment.. An impressively panoramic view of contemporary Istanbul.
Moveable Fest
Stephen Saito
NALAN KURUÇİM, S. EMRAH ÖZDEMİR,
BERİL KAYAR & DİLAYDA GÜNEŞ
Baran Çakmak, İhsan Özgen, Selin Menek, Ekin Arıbaş, Mehmet Emin Önal, Efe Tuncer

Producer Dilek Aydın Co-producers Marie-Pierre Macia, Claire Gadéa
Director of Photography Barış Özbiçer Original Music Ekin Üzeltüzenci Edit Ayris Alptekin
Art Director Erdinç Aktürk Sound Erman Abaza Lighting Eser Turan
Asistant Director Övünç Angun Set Supervisor Şamil Kılıç Production Supervisor Zilan İmşik
Costume Burcu Karakaş, Sedat Çiftçi Coloring Yücel Kurtul
Sound Supervisor Cenker Kökten Sound Design Cihan Alıngan, Theo Serr
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Azra Deniz Okyay
Born in Istanbul, Azra started photography at the age of 12 and became an assistant of the photographer Dora Gunel at 14. After finishing high school at the Lycee Francais Pierre Loti of Istanbul, she moved to Paris to study Cinema at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle, where she completed her bachelor and masters degrees. While in Paris, she worked in Michel Gondry’s Partizan Production company. She returned to Turkey in 2010 and became the first female director at Depo, an Istanbul based advertising production company. She made various shorts and music videos. Her works of video art were selected in several international exhibitions and galleries.
Dilek Aydın
Born in Ankara, Dilek Aydin studied at one of the highest ranking universities of Turkey, Boğaziçi University and had her Master's Degree in Film and Television at Istanbul Bilgi University. She attended Karlsruhe University of Arts during her Master’s, and studied Media Art for a year. Returning to Turkey, she started working mainly in production, while developing and creating her own shorts. In 2017, she has founded Istanbul based Heimatlos Films, a production company that aims to produce ‘homeless’ universal documentary and fiction films.  She has been awarded many times with her projects and selected to both Berlinale Talent Campus in 2008 and Sarajevo Talents as a producer in 2017.