The Dream of Kaplan
Gürol Kaplan is a champion wrestler who created himself out of nothing. His dramatic journey from a small village in Turkey to Germany and France continues with his forced return to the same village after a purification process. Kaplan meets the audience in this biographical documentary with his exemplary stance in life and his unique philosophy of life, together with what he has won and lost.
Runtime:51 minutes 59 seconds
Completion Date:September 15, 2021
Production Budget:1,000 USD
Country of Origin:Turkey
Country of Filming:Turkey
Festival Internazionale del Cinema di SalernoSalerno
November 25, 2021
Eurasia Creative Guild Film FestivalLondon
May 21, 2022
United Kingdom Premiere
Honorable Mention Award
Frankfurt Turkish Film FestivalFrankfurt
June 26, 2022
Cinque Ports Documentary Film FestivalCinque Ports
September 5, 2022
Black Cat Award International Film FestivalCuidad La Paz
Bolivia, Plurinational State of
November 11, 2022
IZDOC - Izmir International Documentary FestivalIzmir
January 21, 2023
Lift-Off Filmmaker SessionsLondon
March 27, 2023
Visus OüDistributorCountry: EstoniaRights: All Rights
c/o Director Devrim Taban
He was born in 1978 in Istanbul. Anadolu University Faculty of Communication Sciences in 1997.
He was accepted to the Cinema and Television department and graduated in 2003. He worked as a Producer and Director at Anadolu University Television TVA for 3 years and as a Director at Yaşar University Media Center between 2008 and 2018. Since my student years, he has been involved in many projects as a Director, Cinematographer and Script Writer.
In 2003, he won the 2nd prize in the Metro Short Film Competition and became the Finalist of the IFSAK Short Film Competition with the documentary project "On Your Own".
In 2012, he edited the project called "I, You, I Her” and it won the best first documentary award at the Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival.
In 2014, “City of People”, where he worked as a director, cinematographer and editing director, competed in the Aegean Doc Festival. “Crust”, for which I was the Cinematographer, was screened at the 2018 Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2018, "Kazım" TRT Documentary Competition, which he was cinematographer of National Professional Category Turkish Film, received the award of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
He continues to work on various ongoing documentary and film projects.
c/o Director Tahir Ün
Tahir Un was born in Turkey. He holds a BA degree from Language and History-Geography Faculty of Ankara University, where he studied History of European Arts.
He gives lectures in photography, multimedia and video art essays in Yasar University and private education institutions, Turkey.
Tahir Un currently interests in photography, moving image and social activism projects. Also, he is curator and director of Videoart.Ist International Video Art Screening Festival and lives in Izmir.
Some Awards & Distinctions for Moving Image:
2017 – FATHER TONGUE, awarded for "The Film With Most Profound Message", Uhvati Film Festival, NOVI SAD.
2017 – THE GAME, “Semi - Finalist”, Near Nazareth Festival (NNF), AFULA.
2014 - THE GAME, “TOP 10 DVD” Selected by jury of the Facade Videoart Festival, PLEVEN.
2012 – POSE, best videoart prize, 14th. International Panorama of Independent Film and Video Makers, PATRAS.
2012 - FACIAL PERCEPTION, 2nd prize for experimental video section, International SnapFilm Festiwal, KRAKOW.
2006- DISTRESS IN THE CITY is selected for Rhizome Artbase Collection, NEW YORK.
Videography & filmography:
The Wonderful Affair (2016) - short film
Father Tongue (2013) – short film
Kinetic (2013) – videoart
The Game (2013) – videoart
Pose (2011) – videoart
Facial Perception (2010) – videoart
Death of Cameraman (2010) – videoart
Direction (2006) – short film
Old Darling (2006) – videoart
Distress in the City (2005) – videoart
Where is my dream? (2005) - videoart