Private Project

My Name is Batlir, not Butler

Hello, my name is Batlır, not Butler. I’m not actually overweight, I just have some excess in a certain area....It is told in Anatolia that, the baby looks like whatever the mother craves for while she is pregnant. My mother craved for watermelon. I mostly talk to 52 Hertz, she is the loneliest whale in the world, and she is my best friend.

  • STARE' YILDIRIM
    Director
  • STARE' YILDIRIM
    Writer
  • NUH KEREM PILAVCI
    Writer
  • GOKCE EYUBOGLU
    Writer
  • VOLKAN GIRGIN
    Writer
  • STARE' YILDIRIM
    Producer
  • RICK PORRAS
    Producer
    Lord of the Rings, Contact, Death Becomes Her
  • Harrison Reiner
    Producer
    Amar a Morir
  • MERVE DIZDAR
    Key Cast
  • CAN SIPAHI
    Key Cast
  • SINAN CALISKANOGLU
    Key Cast
  • YILMAZ GRUDA
    Key Cast
  • SELEN KURTARAN
    Key Cast
  • MIKEAL CINAR ANCELO MONOPULO
    Key Cast
  • Tristan Versluis
    Key Prosthetic Designer
    Game of Thrones, Ex Machina, The Revenant, Dark Knight
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    BATLIR DEGIL BAHTLI
  • Film Type:
    Feature
  • Genres:
    FEMALE DIRECTOR, MAGIC REALISM, DRAMA, COMEDY
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 3, 2018
  • Country of Origin:
    Turkey
  • Country of Filming:
    Turkey
  • Film Language:
    Turkish
  • Shooting Format:
    HD ALEXA
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • FLIC

    January 26, 2018
    Best Actor & Best Feature Film Honorable Mention
  • Sene Film Festival

    United States
    May 27, 2018
    Best International Feature Film
  • San Diego International Film Festival
    San Diego
    United States
    October 12, 2018
    California
    Chris Brinker Best Debut Director & Best Global Cinema
  • Julien Duboque International Film Festival
    ohio
    United States
    April 27, 2018
    Best Feature Honorary Mention
Director Biography - STARE' YILDIRIM

Being an Alumni of 2013 Berlin Talent Campus from Turkiye, Stare' has a BA in American Culture and Literature and has a post-grad degree in film and tv at UC Los Angeles. She worked as a freelance filmmaker on film sets and for temp positions at Buena Vista Home and International Distribution in USA. She continued her career as President of Production and Local Acquisitions at Medyavizyon Film Distribution in Turkey (2006-2009) she was chosen as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons of Turkey by JCI. In 2010, she represented Turkish Ministry of Culture in INDIA. In 2012 November, Stare made a short film in English with her 64 years old neighbor who doesn’t speak a word of English. The same film is made into a feature film called “50 kisses,” which brought her the Best Director award in 2014 amongst the other 24 directors. The same project got into the Guinness World Book of Records. She has been an animal rights advocate and a “singer among friends” since she was a little kid.

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Director Statement

Everybody needs a little hope.