The Particle

The Particle

The Particle

Turkey / Fiction / 80' / HD / Color / 2012

In a city full of unemployment, people, their troubles and lives, are they as mundane, haphazard and tiny as myriadly dispersed particles? What about Zeynep, clinged onto life with her little daughter and mother, how much space does she cover up in this immense Universe? Zerre (The Particle) portrays the formidable struggle of a family of three to survive when its only breadwinner, Zeynep, is unfairly dismissed. Zeynep shares a cramped home with her mother and daughter in a city where it’s impossible to find even the most menial work, so when the threatening landlord, Kudret, demands her rent arrears, she accepts a job outside the city and sets off on her way... With its focus on a single character, its emphasis on handheld camerawork and its realistic narrative, reinforced by the use of real workers and real locations, The Particle explores the question of ‘existence’ through the story of an ordinary person.

Director: Erdem Tepegöz
Script: Erdem Tepegöz
Director of Photography: Marton Miklauzic
Producer: Kule Film
Musician: Emrah Ağdan
Editing: Mesut Ulutaş
Cast: Dilay Demirok, Jale Arıkan, Özay Fecht, Remzi Pamukçu, Rüçhan Çalışkur

CV

Erdem Tepegoz was born in 1982. Graduated from Dokuz Eylul University, Department of Economics. He studied film directing in Prague. ZERRE (The Particle), his debut film that he had written and directed won almost 23 awards and the film was screened in 30 countries. The director received many praises from cinema critics on his social realist cinema. His second feature film in the science fiction genre "IN THE SHADOWS" received the Grand Prix award at the Moscow Film Festival and 5 awards from the Golden Orange Film Festival. He consulting to many projects as a supervisor and continues his master degree in the field of Anthropology at Yeditepe University.

Filmography

Gölgeler İçinde 2020, Kıyıdakiler 2016, Mutlu Son 2014, Zerre 2012, Kafes 2008, Değneksiz Sahne Işıkları 2007

Festivals Attended

Zerre: Uluslararası Moskova Film Festivali, 18. Gezici Festival, Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali / Gölgeler İçinde: Moscow International Film Festival, Boğaziçi Film Festivali, Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali

Awards

Zerre: En İyi Film, En İyi Kadın Oyuncu - Uluslararası Moskova Film Festivali,
En İyi İlk Film, En İyi Sanat Yönetmeni, En İyi Yönetmen Ödülü - Antalya Altın Portakal Film Festivali, En İyi Film – SİYAD / Gölgeler İçinde: En İyi Yönetmen - Boğaziçi Film Festivali, Special Jury Award - Moscow International Film Festival, En İyi Film – SİYAD

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