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While trying to escape their sins, three men's paths cross when they hide in the same cave to shelter from a heavy storm; Süleiman (Erdal Sarı), who avenged his grandfather's brutal death by killing the landlord responsible for it; Sheikh Abdullah (Orhan Aydın), who betrayed his blind followers while fleeing for fear of the bandits;
Saffet (Bülent Emin Yarar), who tested the fidelity of his wife (Canan Ergüder) with lust upon his return from a military campaign.
And these unacquainted sinners' self-reckoning begins as they await
their death in the cave blocked by a landslide.

  • Semir Aslanyurek
  • Semir Aslanyurek
  • Yusuf Aslanyurek
  • Bulent Emin Yarar
    Key Cast
  • Canan Erguder
    Key Cast
  • Erdal Sari
    Key Cast
  • Orhan Aydin
    Key Cast
  • Yetkin Dikinciler
    Key Cast
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  • Runtime:
    2 hours
  • Completion Date:
    August 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    900,000 USD
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    Jordan, Turkey
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    4K digital
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  • Montreal World Film Festival
    November 1, 2018
    world premiere
  • dhaka international film festival
    November 15, 2019
    asia premiere
  • Adana International Film Festival
    November 20, 2018
    national premiere
Director Biography - Semir Aslanyurek

Prof. Dr. Semir ASLANYÜREK
He was born in 15 August, 1956 in Antakya. After completing his primary and secondary education he went to Damascus in the fall of 1975. Until 1978 he received education in Damascus University Medical Faculty after which he gained a scholarship from Soviet Union for a stone sculpture. In 1979 he went to Soviet Union and although he just started prep classes he decided to major in cinema instead of sculpting education. From 1980 to 1986 he studied in Moscow State Institute of Cinema (VGIK), Film Directing Faculty, Department of Acting, Cinema and TV Films, and received bachelor and master degrees.
In Cinema Industry he made short films such as “Yara” (The Wound), “Babil’de Yalnızlık” (Loneliness in Babel) and “Yukarıda Hava Temiz” (It’s Clear Up Here). After returning to Türkiye he started working as an academic in Marmara University, Fine Arts Faculty, Cinema and Tv Department in 1990. In 1993 he shot his first feature film named “Vagon”; however, could not complete post-production. He shot “Şelale” (Waterfall), his second feature film, in 2001. He assumed the title of Assoc. Professor in 1995 and Professor in 2002. In 2003 he shot a documentary named “Çağlar İçinde Antakya” (Antakya Over Ages). In 2006, he shot his third feature film, “Eve Giden Yol” (Road to Home). His fourth feature film “7 Avlu” (7 Courtyards) was completed in 2010 and released in 2011. In 2013, he presented his feature film “LAL”. Semir Aslanyürek, who also has four published books named “Senaryo Kuramı” (Script Theory), “Tarkovsky’den Sinema Dersleri” (Cinema Lectures by Tarkovsky), “Bir Dağ Düğünü” (A Mountain Wedding) and “Rüya Gibi” (Like A Dream), has written nine feature film scripts, two of which are adaptations, and translated a book “Sinema ve TV’de Görüntü Kurgusu” (Image Editting in Cinema and TV) from Russion to Turkish.

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Director Statement

Chaos is a three-fold story; each episode transcending into one another. Apart from some events and characters, the stories dissolve into each other around one main factor: The cave metaphor, which is believed to be told by the Prophet Mohammed.

Each episode of Chaos is a sometimes-open-and-sometimes-tacit revelation of its characters’ motivations. As these motivations clash with their environment, a natural dramatic conflict arises; creating an ever-present theme in each episode. However, when these episodes are juxtaposed in a single film, one can see that it actually has a epic&lyric structure with multiple layers. The film’s fairy-tale-style narration is the ultimate evidence of the presence of an epos. Through this technique, “Chaos” is sometimes free-floating in the natural flow of the lyrical.

Although the name suggests Taviani Brother’s film with the same title “Chaos, adapted from the Italian writer Pirandello’s stories, it is in fact much more closer to 1001 Nights, regarding its mystic and intercrossing foundation, combined with its style and its visual world.

The fairy-tale structure of the story obliges the setting of Chaos to be well-handled. Therefore location scouting is highly important. The cast will be planned regarding the aforementioned 'fairy-tale’ structure. The set decoration, the costume department and the mise-en-scene will have to be 100% convincing. The main goal is to make sure that the film meets its audience and has a strong shot in the festival circles.

Eventually, with its artistic perspective, story structure and color ‘saturnalia’, Chaos is a film that belongs to the Mediterranean culture.