Private Project

The Cassette

In the late 1990s in Turkey, a Turkish nationalist employer Metin Kilic (42), owns a tourism agency in Ankara. One night he receives a present, then listens to a song; and gets angry as the two situation have counter-view symbols inside. After all, when he listens another song from the same singer by coincidance, the lyrics make him remember his story in 80’s coup in Turkey and change his strict opinions.

  • Elif Büşra Keleş
  • Elif Büşra Keleş
  • Philippe Debray
  • Hakan Dinçkol
    Key Cast
    "Metin Kılıç"
  • Hande Acarel
    Key Cast
  • Ishak Burak Ocak
    Key Cast
    "Metin Kılıç (young)"
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    Drama, politic
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes 28 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 31, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    20,000 EUR
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  • İzmir Short Film Festival
    November 26, 2021
    Panorama Section
  • International Women Filmmakers Festival
    March 4, 2022
  • cannes short film corner
Director Biography - Elif Büşra Keleş

Born in Ankara in 1991, Elif Büşra Keleş graduated from Hacettepe University, Department of Industrial Engineering in 2014. She had a chance to live in USA and Italy for a while with student programs. She had acting and scriptwriting trainings in Istanbul; she attended filmmaking workshops at New York Film Academy and Yapımlab. She made her first short film in 2021.

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Director Statement

The film takes place in 1999 and 1980 with flashback scenes. Generally, there are night shots in the service vehicle; nostalgic atmosphere was tried to be given with yellow, green and brown color scale. The images in 1999 are warmer, clearer and more stable to emphasize hope and friendship; whereas in 1980 blue, foggy and moving images were used to convey the troubled psychology of the main character. Rather than defending and propagating an ideology in the film, the speeches of the characters in line with their views were left open-ended and left for the audience to interpret. The proposition that characters who think differently can feel common feelings was tried to be given on the occasion of a song.