The East End Film Festival is in full swing and Premiere Scene’s Claire Bueno and Anthony Bueno were intrigued to know more about the best film nominee When Derin Falls (Derin düşün-ce). Join us as we interview writer/director/producer Çagatay Tosun as we find out more about this Turkish film as it explores the break down of a family unit and how the story parallels another thread in the film the hunt of a serial killer.
When Derin Falls Review
Words Nicola Johnston
The first thing that strikes you about Çagatay Tosun’s second feature is how beautifully shot it is, the camera is set up in such a way that you almost feel as if you are inside the rooms themselves watching and observing what takes place.
The film has many layers, two stories run alongside one another, the story of a dysfunctional family and a news story that follows the hunt for a serial killer, these stories cleverly compliment, echo and mirror each other, almost like a dance. There is a strong rhythm within the film, even though there is no aid or need of a musical score, music makes its entrance at the very end when the credits roll.
The story is told through the eyes of a seven-year-old child Derin and feelings don’t come into it and why should they? She reacts instinctively in her given situations and acts in order so that she can survive. If you have never felt the love of a mother, how does this mould who you are and how you grow up? It is an unsettling and fascinating psychological study of relationships, within a family and with the people outside the family, inside the walls of the family home and also the open spaces of the outside world, the local shop, the hotel, and a road trip taken in the second half of the film. We are creatures of habit and we are most definitely effected by our environment and the people who share our lives.
The film is also filled with humour, even moments that you know you should perhaps not find funny are and this is where the director who also wrote the film is very clever, he is testing and pushing the boundaries of how we the audience react and also how we feel about how we reacted, if you know something is wrong or you have been taught something is bad and you still cant help laughing at it, then how does that make you feel? Ashamed? Guilty? He is not interested in spoon feeding his audience, we don’t know why the family is so utterly dysfunctional, we are offered the odd hint but we don’t know why there is a loss of innocence, we don’t know why Derin seems not to have had a childhood, in the conventional sense anyway, we are made to think and make up our own minds about what is going on and why?
The cast is outstanding and a very special mention must go to the young actress who plays Derin, Yaren Aynuz, she is spell bindingly good and gives a clear, intelligent and touching performance, her character grows and develops the whole way through. The whole cast are brilliant. The film is undoubtedly a love story, a story in which we see a young girl try to give love the best she can. It is brave, bold and stunningly shot and I cannot wait to see what Çagatay Tosun come up with next.
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