TURKEY on TOFIFEST: “10 TO 11” IN MAIN COMPETITION

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“10 to 11” in Main GOLDEN ANGEL Competition. It's the feature debut of Pelin Esmer – Turkish documentary who is rewarded and highly regarded in the world. During Tofifest we are going to see a Polish premiere of this work.

“10 to 11” is the story of a passionate collector Mithat and the concierge of the building, Ali, which takes place in the backdrop of the great Istanbul. For Mithat Istanbul is as vast as his collections and for Ali is nothing more than a few blocks around the building. When the neighbors decide to have the building rebuilt with the fear of earthquake and the wish for a more valuable house, Mithat’s most challenging struggle to save his collections begins. The building becomes the common destiny of these two men living alone.
The Variety’s critic wrote: “surprisingly charming intimate portraits of 83-year-old anal-retentive Turkish men. An unassuming quasi-documentary homage to both the director’s grandfather and the Istanbul around which the story purposefully wanders”. The critic mentioned about grandfather because the director built Mithata’s figure based on memoir of Mithata Esmer – her own grandfather, who also starred in the role of the old collector.
“10 to 11” is a picture which won many awards. It was honored, inter alia, at the Istanbul International Film Festival (Best Direction), Middle East International Film Festival (Best Direction), Tromso International Film Festival (FIPRESCI Award), Cinema Novo Film Festival, Ankara Film Festival, IndieLisboa Film Festival (Jury Award) and the Rotterdam Film Festival where it received the prize for Best Film.
 
“11’e 10 kala”, Turkey, Germany, France 2009