Rhizome: A Probable Love Story

Man and woman's incidentally crossed roads, turns into a dead-end day by day. A new love's excitement turns into the reality of becoming estranged deeper into the relationship and realization of not ever being able to know each other well. Perhaps, in this story which ends before it starts, either the woman wears the man away, or the man wears the woman away. Or else, is every consequence in a relationship, a responsibility for both of them equally?

  • Ali Özkul
  • Ali Özkul
  • Umay Cimtay
  • Cansu Menlikli
  • Yasemin Szawlowski
    Key Cast
  • Serhan Onat
    Key Cast
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    Romance, Drama
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 39 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 15, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    4,800 USD
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  • Ali Özkul
    Country: Turkey
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Ali Özkul

He took drama lessons between 2004-2006 at the Istanbul Municipal Theatre: Children- Youth Education Department. In 2007, he first worked as a voiceover actor in a Walt Disney film, Meet the Robinsons. He acted in Gülsün Karamustafa’s arthouse film Memory of a Square and he performed at Istanbul Akbank Arts Centre for two years. In 2012, he made his first short film Synesthesia. He directed a short documentary as part of the Shades of Karaköy project supported by the EU Creative Europe Programme. Ali graduated from Bahcesehir University’s Photography and Video Department, and many of his photography
works have been exhibited in Berlin and Istanbul. Recently, he completed his new fiction short Rhizome: A Probable Love Story. He is currently working on his first feature doc, One of Those Creatures which is awarded Melodika Sound Post-Production Award at Istanbul Film Festival Meeting on the Bridge Film Development Workshop 2020 and recently selected for IDFAcademy 2020.

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Director Statement

The film's creation process began with thinking about the concepts before its story. In everything I read, watched, observed, I realized that unconsciously I was actually concentrating on only one concept: We exist in the moments. Focusing on moments results in getting lost in the linear functioning time of life. The meaning of everything becomes subjective and even the debate of being starts to be experienced in the plane of the moments. With these conceptual thoughts, I asked the first question about the story of the movie: Do we remember the moments or create them? When my curiosity about human psychology is added this question, the story of the film, which is based on observations on relationships, started to take shape.
Humans reveal the most words about their own psychology, their motives, their most primitive feelings in the phases they live. Love and all the feelings that develop accordingly to it; although not the same in terms of place, time, personality with the feelings at the beginning, the turmoil in its development and the similarity of space created when it ends, connects with the moments we've experienced before. Briefly, love, is re-kneaded with different combinations from the same mold every time and with every new person. One the other possibility is that people continue to only “remember” old memories that have been experienced, continues to repeat the love with multiple possibilities. This point of view that also connects with the concept of "Rhizome", which gives the film its name, forms the basis of the scenario.
The Deleuze philosophy is based on concept creation. Rhizome, a term of biology, is a type of plant that grows underground and produces many roots by branching. Instead of the thought system that dominates Western thought, the thought that is nourished from the stem, from a single source and includes a potency, Deleuze and Guattari use rhizome as an image of thought which describes the horizontal and pluralistic thinking system. Rhizome, by pointing to the multiplicities without unity and integrity, opposes a fixed, single order. In the film, this imagery can be interpreted as the metaphor of depletion pains of love from the perspective of woman and man in a love story setting.
“Rhizome: A Probable Love Story” which centers on the relationship models that are created again and again with all similar moments, conveys the simple, realistic story of love becoming a consumption, to the audience with its non-linear fiction. What we see as moments of a relationship in the dialogue flow of independent scenes in contrast to its fiction, there is a parallel structure with linear continuity. So the question on creating or remembering moments, continues to be repeated by arousing suspicion on this dilemma: Is the love in the film really happening or not?