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Envy (2009)
Kiskanmak (original title)
Fiction, 96 min
 
Production country   Turkey
Language   Turkish
Director   Zeki Demirkubuz
Scriptwriter   Zeki Demirkubuz
Producer   Zeki Demirkubuz
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Plot
It`s the 1930s. The Republic Day Ball is in progress in Zonguldak, a coal mining town in Turkey. Among the invited guests are the newcomers to this small and boring town: Halit, a mine engineer; his gorgeous wife, Mükerrem; and Halit`s sister and unwanted household member, Seniha. When Nüshet, whose father is the richest man in town, asks Mükerrem for a dance, Seniha, who has been watching them from a dark corner, immediately realizes that Mükerrem will not be able to resist the incredible (and feminine) beauty of this young man. At the same moment, she also knows that God would lift her up from the place where she has long surrendered to a fate of ugliness, to a place where she would be the one who determines the destiny of beauty. The film is based on Nahit Sirri Orik`s novel.

Director's Statement
Although the novel seems to be a story based on human themes―ugliness, beauty, envy and passion―I thought about making a film based on Kiskanmak (Envy), because its story mainly addressed the subject of fate. The story of Seniha, whose fate had been determined by her ugliness, and her transformation from being someone who surrendered to this fate to being the one who would write the fate of beauty, which she so abhors, is an uncommon story about the human soul. I thought a story which questions beauty from the standpoint of ugliness without care or cover would contribute to the effort of understanding of and telling a painful human condition.

When I first read Nahit Sirri Orik`s novel, I immediately realized the following: he had deep observations about situations, he didn`t resort to cliches while he built his characters, he didn`t take sides in the story he was telling, he never fell into the traps of showiness or haughtiness, and he was faithful to simplicity. I believe this approach also constitues a morality in story telling. I was also touched by his almost total disregard for the period, except for the reality of time (the story takes place during the early years of the Republic) and his attitude of not distorting (even in the name of art) the non-evolving, unchanging existence of the human soul. If we look at the issue from this point of view, it becomes clear that the fate of humanity and the reality of human psyche never change. What changes is the physical reality. And if Hamlet is still telling the story of our day, Nahit Sirri`s outlook is correct.
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Technical Specifications Image / Sound
Color / Black & White   Color
Sound format   Dolby SR
Aspect ratio   2.35:1
Production format   35mm, HD
Distribution format   35mm
 
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