Lusin Dink shoots a film about William Saroyan ATCP Film Premieres in Istanbul

Back 26 April 2011 12:08
Lusin Dink shoots a film about William Saroyan ATCP Film Premieres in Istanbul Lusin Dink, director of several short films, young filmmaker from Istanbul, will make a film about William Saroyan, titled “From America to Bitlis”. The film project was awarded 30 000 USD (afforded by Eurasia Partnership Foundation) in the Documentary Support Fund Meeting organized by Armenia -Turkey Cinema Platform in Istanbul, from April 11-13. During the master-class, which was organized by Anadolu Kulture and “Golden Apricot”, more than 30 projects from Turkey and Armenia were submitted, eight of which were pitched and discussed during the meeting: four Armenian and four Turkish. Lusin Dink’s film (Hrant Dink’s niece), is about William Saroyan’s visit to Bitlis in 1964. 11 years later during one of the interviews, Saroyan talked about that trip, remembering Bitlis, and said, that “the city is beyond any kind of expectation. But it does not belong to us. It is ours, but it is owned by others. Saroyanneri hos en, usgits egan?”
According to the concept camera must follow the way to Bitlis that Saroyan passed and show archive photos, materials and nowadays Bitlis. Two stories of Saroyan will be performed, and at the end all the characters of Saroyan will come together by animation. The latter part will be a co-production with Armenian animators.
The producer of the project is Hamshen-Armenian, winner of “Golden aprcot” Ozjan Alper’s brother Soner Alper.
Artur Bakhtamyan’s “New Year’s Eve Journey” was awarded the second prize. It got full technical equipment support and 2000 USD from Anadolu Kutlur. The project will be 90 percents financed by the Turkish side. “Golden apricot” will also give technical support to the film.
Parallel to the workshop in the frames of the Istanbul International Film Festival five of ATCP short films had their world premieres. “Galata” by Diana Kardumyan, “Puppet Theatre” by Canay Ozden, “Don’t Get Lost Children!” by Gűlengűl Altinaș, “The Master of Doves” by Artur Sukiasyan, “Neighbours” by Gor Baghdasaryan were screened.
Coming back from Istanbul the young Armenian directors told that the audience was supportive and there were good reactions both during the screenings and the party after that.
Prominent and famous directors from Turkey, such as Yesim Ustaoglu and Semih Kaplanoglu, were among the spectators. They appraised the project and many festival representatives evaluated it highly.
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