USA/Turkey/Netherlands, 2017, 82 min
This haunted reverie drops us inside an Istanbul retirement home, where the battle-scarred residents bask in the camera’s attention. A creaky- voiced woman confides her personal account of the Armenian genocide. A sweetly deluded pianist performs a composition before confessing his love. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. Shevaun Mizrahi’s playful, immaculately controlled film finds hypnotizing rhythms in the residents’ limbo-like state. Meanwhile, outside, ominous construction equipment transforms the land.
- Director Bio
- Festivals And Awards
Director/cinematographer Shevaun Mizrahi was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film " for 2015. She worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol, Wonderstruck) and was also a fellow with Marcie Bloom (Sony Pictures Classics). Her first documentary feature Distant Constellation was selected for the IFP Documentary Lab and the IFP Project Forum (New York), the !fdoclab (Istanbul) and the Catapult Rough Cut Retreat (San Francisco).
IDFA 2017. London FF 2017. DOK.fest Munich 2018. Honourable Mention – DOXA DFF 2018. Special Mention – Locarno FF 2017. FIPRESCI Prize – Viennale 2017. Best Film Award – Festival de Sevilla 2017.
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