A small film crew arrives in Istanbul. They have been commissioned to make a film about the city for a minor TV channel. They start work immediately, filming interviews with the first people they meet, and then heading out onto the streets to film the many, very varied districts and denizens of Istanbul: an eccentric historian who believes that there was a civilization of cats before humanity, a Sufi dervish who has opened a café for lovers and mad people, an Armenian journalist, an Alevi communist, a religious zealot and a philosophical tea lady …

Director's Biography
BEN HOPKINS, born in Hong Kong in 1969 and raised in London, is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter. His 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep received the Award for Best European Documentary at the Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival and The Market: A Tale of Trade won several prestigious awards. // Films (selection): Simon Magus (1999), The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz (2000), 37 Uses for a Dead Sheep (2006, doc), Pazar: Bir Ticaret Masali (The Market: A Tale of Trade, 2008; CE’09), Welcome to Karastan (2014; CE’16), Hasret (Yearning, 2015, doc)
European Panorama Documentary 2016
Ben Hopkins
Germany 2015
82 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Ben Hopkins, Ceylan Ünal Hopkins
Cinematography Jörg Gruber
Editing Levent Çelebi
Sound/Sounddesign Ben Hopkins, Bilge Bingül
Music Efe Akmen, LewQ
Producer(s) Mustafa Dok (Bredok Film Production, DE), Hans W. Geißendörfer (gff, DE)
Bredok Film Production Tempelherrenstraße 19 10961 Berlin, Germany info@bredok-filmproduction.com www.bredok-filmproduction.com
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
Silk Road International Film Festival
Fuzhou 2015

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
Austrian Premiere