Archive of films Innocence / Masumiyet

1997, 110 min

Section: Ten Best Turkish Films
Year: 2004

Zeki Demirkubuz has created the gripping tale of Yusuf, a man sent back into the world after spending years in prison. Yusuf gets an opportunity to implement his saintly desire for harmony in a fateful relationship between an aging prostitute named Uğur and her dependent partner, Bekir. Confidant Yusuf’s entry into this longstanding relationship introduces an element of destructive dynamism…


“Cinema has its own language. It doesn’t resemble your life, which usually flows past without a clear theme. But it can change your life. A good film can give you a different aspect on life, a new language and emotion, like any great literature can. I have been living with this film for a long time; I needed to watch it twice in a row. Zeki Demirkubuz’s Innocence had a big influence on the way I see the world; the way I see cinema, acting, world, innocence, childhood, poverty, pity, conscience, language, muteness. I will carry this film in my heart for years to come, like the poems and songs that I love. The girl’s eyes at the end of Tarkovsky’s Stalker, one of Mahler’s Songs for Dead Children, Vermeer’s light, Blake’s single vision, all will stand in close proximity to Ece Ayhan’s purple couplet.” Innocence opens a unique door in Turkish cinema, and can be seen alongside Erksan’s cinema of obsession. Zeki continually makes us read his film language, presenting his translation of the story into his own language. Just like great filmmakers, he writes his own idioms, avoiding Hollywood syntax. When Zeki catches unforgettable cinema moments, he achieves what he deserves; the fruit of his persistence, his petulance, and his obsessive love for his work. He looks into our eyes without thinking about bankruptcy and focuses on his own cinema and personal obsessions, just like Uğur who, for the sake of her love, pitilessly comes face to face with death. Zeki boldly shoots that ten-minute scene which is destined for the history books of Turkish cinema, in which he narrates Bekir’s life.

About the director

Zeki Demirkubuz (b. 1964, Isparta) graduated from the Communications Faculty at Istanbul University. He started his career as assistant to Zeki Ökten in 1986 and worked as an assistant director until making C Block (Block C), his first feature film, in 1994. His following films, Innocence (Masumiyet, 1997) and The Third Page (Üçüncü sayfa, 1999) won many awards. He directed Fate (Yazgi) and Confession (Itiraf), the first two films from his Tales About Darkness trilogy, in 2001. He directed the feature The Waiting Room in 2003. Not only as a director and screenwriter, Demirkubuz has made a mark as a producer and, more recently, as editor. He was also director of photography on his film Confession.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Ten Best Turkish Films
Director: Zeki Demirkubuz
Screenplay: Zeki Demirkubuz
Dir. of Photography: Ali Utku
Music: Cengiz Onural
Editor: Mevlüt Koçak
Production: Mavi Filmcilik Ltd. Sti.
Cast: Haluk Bilginer, Derya Alabora, Güven Kıraç
Contact: Festival on Wheels - Ankara Cinema Association, Mavi Filmcilik Ltd. Sti.


Zeki Demirkubuz

Ahmet Boyacioglu

Festival Organizer, Producer, Film Director

Güven Kiraç


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