The Hoarder

Alkan is a young mute boy living in the slums of Istanbul. Mistreated by his mother and her young lover and constantly humiliated by hoodlums, he has developed an obsessive compulsive behavior in collecting objects from the people he meets. He rises against his oppressors when he encounters true love.

  • Murat Akser
  • Murat Akser
  • Murat Akser
  • İlyas Özçakır
    Key Cast
  • Erdem Sakalıbüyük
    Key Cast
  • Zeynep Kaçar
    Key Cast
  • Gözde Okumuş
    Key Cast
  • Aziz Caner İnan
    Key Cast
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    12 minutes 15 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 17, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 USD
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  • Izmir International Short Film Festival
    Izmir, Turkey
    December 2, 2014
    Domestic Premiere
Director Biography - Murat Akser

Murat Akser is a Turkish-Canadian filmmaker trained at Directors Guild of Turkey and in Canada at York University. While in Toronto he has briefly worked as a programmer at TIFF and on feature films as a camera assistant. He was granted Payback Award for his contributions to CFC short films as a coordinator by his childhood hero David Cronenberg. Since 2007 he has been working as a music video director and editing instructor for Digital Film Center in Istanbul, Turkey. Murat directed three shorts films and developing his first feature. Currently he is an artist/lecturer-in-residence at University of Ulster.

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Director Statement

The Hoarder (Garip) is the story of a young man living with his mother in a suburban neighbourhood. He has obsessive-compulsive disorder and collects objects of the people he meets. He is pushed around and intimated by people around him. He is also in love with a young woman and wants to show this to her. We watch his story through a series of objects he shows us in the one bedroom apartment he lives. Each object leads to a flashback where we get an aspect of the story and a conflict is revealed between the main character and others. In the end the hoarder gains his self-respect and rebels against the oppression he experiences. He peacefully accepts the consequences of his actions. There is a surprise ending.I have taken five characters form the feature film I wrote and gave them live in this short. I grew up in a 1970s neighbourhood in Istanbul. There was a particularly interesting person I met everyday going to school. I believe he had a neurological disorder that made him smile all the time. Children were scared of him but I said hello to him everyday. In the feature screenplay I wrote (titled Rise and Fall) this character is given only one scene where he is a minor character. In the short he is the main character. I am a bit like this character. I like to collect stuff or clean up and reorder objects in my office when my mind is focused on a project. The rest of the film evolved from three key visuals involving three objects. I assigned each object a link to a character and an event and wanted to reveal each piece of the puzzle through a series of flashbacks involving that object. I was also inspired by some of the visuals from films like Tarkovsky’s Nostalghia and Mustafa Altioklar’s Cholera Street along with a most successful 2012 short film by my former student Abdurrahman Oner’s film Vanished into Blue.