"Life offers reasons to turn from a wrong decision.
It is still our decision to dare"
19:15, Turkey - Iran
Director & Screenwriter : Aziz Alaca
Cast: Rugül Serbest
Mahir Berkant Varol
Leyla Nisa Kazan
Producer: Aziz Alaca - Ankara Film Evi
Co-Producer: Ali Asgari - Taat Films
Production Coordination: Damla Kulak & Karaca Y. Pehlivanlı
DOP: Iman Tahsin
Editor: Pooyan Sholevar
Director's Assistant: Veysel Aslan
Sound Recording: Somayeh Masrabad & Fırat Bayram
Focus Puller: Amir Mohabbati
Production Assistants: Akan Atakan & Emre Tosun
Color: James Norman
Sound Design: Rottkapchen
Leyla is the daughter of one of the prominent families of a small town. Her lover Fatih, a secondary school teacher, wants to keep their relationship secret for fear that it might harm his career goals.
Leyla, who learns that she is pregnant, wants to talk to Fatih right away. They decide to meet in the afternoon by the lake outside the town. While spending time in the town, Leyla meets a lost old woman with Alzheimer disease and her daughter at a visiting place. Leyla discovers another way of life.
She meets Fatih by the lake. Before the topic of pregnancy came up, Fatih sees two of his students, aged 13-14, who got into the water and sunbathing to dry. Fatih's rude attitude towards his students will wake Leyla from a dream.
The film focuses on the problems of being a woman and a child in small towns. However, it tries to do this through a frivolous-unstable town beauty and her educated but scumbag boyfriend, instead of the familiar art-festival movie codes. It vaguely compares the love between children and the love between adults.
As a man, why did I make a film about the woman issue? Actually, the story was a feature-length that started to be developed through children. But when it is decided to make it short, the story was re-written in the center of the character of Leyla, and this was the result. I think the festival audience, which is the main target of the movie, likes this kind of story that doesn't talk big and focuses on character and conflict. I hope this story finds a response in the audience.
We tried to establish the general atmosphere of the movie in a hyper-realistic way seen in Scandinavian and Iranian cinemas. All human eye angles, documentary-like shoulder camera, natural acting without exaggeration were the things we wanted. The film was shot as an Iranian-Turkish co-production.
Festival & Screenings
October 2021 Antalya Golden Orange FF. - National Short Competition
October 2021 Özgür Film Festival - 2. Best Short Fiction
October 2021 Ankara Cermodern - Special Screening
November 2021 Kayseri Altın Çınar FF. - Screening Selection
November 2021 İzmir Short Film Festival - National Panorama
November 2021 Antep Short Film Festval - National Competition
December 2021 AFSAD Short FF - National Panorama
February 2022 Istanbul Modern - "Short is Future" Selection
Marz 2022 Akbank Short Film Festival - National Competition
April 2022 Istanbul Film Festival - National Short Competition
director, writer, producer
He graduated from Istanbul Technical University Computer Engineering. He received cinema training at institutions such as the Film Directors Association, ISFF Berlin, Munich Filmwerkstatt, and DFA-Istanbul. Since 2012, he has been making commercial, promotional, TV, short and documentary films under the roof of Ankara Film House.
Antalya Film Forum, TRT Documentary Awards, Boğaziçi F.F., Marmaris Short F.F., İzmir Short F.F., Seattle Turkish F.F. are some festivals he participated with his previous films.
2012 - Bicycle, short fiction
2012 - Five Weeks in the Balloon, short fiction
2013 - Million Dollar Filmmaker: Erik Grun, short documentary
2014 - Standingman, documentary
2018 - Colors of Germiyan, short documentary
2020 - The soul of Ankara 4x22' TV documentary series, Blutv
2020 - The Artist, short experimental & fiction
2021 - Lakeshore, short fiction
rugül serbest, cast
Rugül Serbest born in Izmir and graduated from Dokuz Eylül University Painting Department in 2012. He completed her undergraduate degree. After completing her master's degree at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Painting Department in 2019, the artist continues her studies in her workshop in Istanbul. Rugül Serbest, who produces works in the field of painting and sculpture, took part in many national and international events. She has numerous awards and "Lakeshore" is her first acting experience.
2019- “Everything Is About You” Solo Exh., Atelier Marvy, İzmir
2018- Turkish Contemporary Art Exhibition, AB Gallery, Seoul, Korea
2017 - XI. Florence International Biennale - Florence, Italy
2016- “Nuri İyem Painting Award” Evin Art Gallery - Istanbul
2016 -73rd State Painting and Sculpture Competition, Painting Achievement Award
2012 - “Gender Equality National Painting Competition” 1st Place
co producer - Taat Films
He studied cinema in Italy. He attended Berlinale Talent Campus in 2013 and Locarno Summer Academy in 2016. He competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for his short films "Longer Than Two Hours" in 2013 and "Silence" (co-directed by Farnoosh Samadi) in 2016. He took part in the Venice Film Festival competition section in 2014 with "The Baby". His short films were screened at more than 800 festivals, including Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Sundance and BFI, and won nearly 200 awards. He was invited to La Residence of Festival De Cannes during the development of his first feature, "Disappearance". The film had its world and North American premiere in Venice and Toronto. Ali Asgari is a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He is currently writing, directing and producing with Taat Films.
mahir berkant varol, cast
He started acting in high school. He took part in the several plays such as "Şair Baba ve Damdakiler", "Sönmüş Yıldızlar", "Benim Tatlı Meleğim" in Ankara State Theater between 2009-2011 and he had an opportunity to work with Haldun Dormen. Meyerhold attended numerous training sessions on Eric Morris and Meisner techniques. In 2012, he served as a member of the Afife Jale Theater Awards Voting Board. He still continues to work with Theater Flanör in Ankara as well as teaching drama.
He had the chance to try acting in front of the camera in short films and commercials.
2020 - Pumpkin, Short Film
2019 - Finish, Short Film
2012 - Muck, TV Musical
2011 - Artist School, TV series
iman tahsin, dop
He took sculpture lessons from Jazeh and Shahabibi. He graduated from the cinema department of Ben Andish University with his interest in art, which started at a young age. He took lessons from Dr. Rafia and other leading Iranian film teachers. After graduating in 2000, he worked on many film projects and won various awards. He moved to Turkey in 2016 to continue his studies. He worked as a director, producer, cinematographer and editor in many films, documentaries, short films and television projects here.
2021 - Dark Matter, Motion Picture
2020 - Pilgrims, short
2018 - Last Few Weeks
2016 - Utopia, TV Movie
2015 - La doloeur, short (Ali Asgari)
2015 - The Duck Call (Iman Tahsin)
2014 - The Baby, short (Ali Asgari)
2012 - The Sight Is Not Blocked Anymore
2012 - Hezarsi, documentary
pooyan sholevar, editor
She graduated from Soureh University Cinema Department in 2004 in Iran. She has been working as an editor in Iran since 2006. The feature-length documentary film she worked on in 2008 received the best documentary award at the Cinema Varite Int. Documentary Film Fest.
Pooyan is currently considered one of Iran's most successful young editors. She won the Best Editing award twice at the Tehran International Short Film Festival with her RETOUCH and LOST PROSPERTY short films, and the Celebration of Khaneh Cinema with her short film GAMBLER.
2021 - Midnight Special, short (Pouria Pishvaei)
2020 - Botox, Motion Picture (Kaveh Mazaheri)
2020 - Girls of Kabul(Sayed Masood Eslami, Masooma Ibrahimi)
2019 - Funfair, short (Kaveh Mazaheri)
2018 - Like a Good Kid, short (Arian Vazirdaftari)
2017 - Redhead, Motion Picture (Karim Lakzadeh)
2017 - Retouch, short (Kaveh Mazaheri)
2015 - Gambler, short (Karim Lakzadeh)