Phases of Matter

Maddenin Halleri

2020 — 71 min / Colour



Phases of Matter follows living and inanimate residents of a teaching hospital in Istanbul, moving from the operating room to the morgue, between life and other states, the real and the virtual.

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Director Biography

Deniz Tortum works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, IFFR, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and DokuFest. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where his research focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, working on "Phases of Matter", which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2020. His film "If Only There Were Peace" (co-dir Carmine Grimaldi) received the best short documentary award at DokuFest and his latest VR film "Floodplain" premiered in Venice Film Festival. He was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.


Deniz Tortum


Öykü Canlı

Anna Maria Aslanoglu

Asli Erdem

Fırat Sezgin


Deniz Tortum


Sercan Sezgin


Ernst Karel

Yalın Özgencil

Screenings & Awards

IFFR Rotterdam , Netherlands, 2020