Second film of the Commitment Trilogy, Commitment Hasan, directed by Semih Kaplanoğlu met with audiences in Istanbul at the 9th Bosphorus Film Festival.
Selected for the 9th Bosphorus Film Festival National Feature Competition, the first screening of Semih Kaplanoğlu’s “Commitment Hasan” was held at the 9th Bosphorus Film Festival. A Q&A session took place with the crew after the screening. The film’s director Semih Kaplanoğlu, casts Umut Karadağ and Filiz Bozok and director of photography Özgür Eken participated in the session. The event was moderated by Ebubekir Elkatmış, the festival’s programmer for the national section.
Semih Kaplanoğlu’s second film of the Commitment Trilogy, having its world premiere and competing at the Un Certain Regard selection of the Cannes Film Festival, “Commitment Hasan” is a story about Hasan who works at his father’s orchard and faces his past and conscience dilemmas as he earns a Hajj visit. The film’s screening gained great interest, with audiences greeting the crew with applauses. The crew greeted audiences before the screening while answering their questions after.
“It is thrilling to be back in cinema.”
Semih Kaplanoğlu started his words after being asked about his experiences at the 74th Cannes Film Festival. He said that being selected among many films collected in the two-year period of the pandemic was much more valuable. Kaplanoğlu added that “Returning to cinema, to theatres and coming together with audiences is amazing. The first gala of the film being held there was very exciting. Both our actors and crew received great reactions. We are glad to have been there.”
Asked about the wind taking place as if one of the actors in the film alongside other actors, Kaplanoğlu replied that “As soon as I step into a location I start looking at everything around me from the noises, colors, lights to trees, objects and belongings.” When looking for a location to film Commitment, he said that they were fascinated by the wind and noises and realized that those would become an inevitable part of the film.
“I look for the truth in a person.”
When he was asked about his narrative, Kaplanoğlu said, “The truth in a person is always there and never changes whether you are extraordinary in your intellectual space or just an ordinary person. I look for the truth in a person and share it,” and announced that the last the film of the trilogy will be about a writer trying to adapt Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar’s A Mind At Peace.
One of the leading cast, Filiz Bozok said that Commitment Hasan has been her first motion picture and that Semih Kaplanoğlu has been an incredible director. Bozok said the strength of the film came from the visionary side of Kaplanoğlu, adding that “The real art in the film is Semih Kaplanoğlu’s ability to combine nature with ordinary lives and ordinary events in a spectacular manner.” The other leading cast Umut Karadağ said that “I always say that Semih Kaplanoğlu is the third academy for me. I worked very hard, but of course changes were made after the set started. There were even more things I had to complete once we started working. He is the person that changed my mindset, my relieving tutor and an academy of his own,” and concluded by thanking the crew.
With the contribution of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Cinema General Directorate, official partnership of TRT, support of Global Communications Partner Anadolu Agency, official partnership of Beyoğlu Municipality and organized by the Bosphorus Culture and Arts Foundation, the 9th Bosphorus Film Festival will be hosting significant names in the sector along with internationally acclaimed cinema porfessionals in Istanbul. Details and inquires on films, events and screenings could be reached on www.bogazicifilmfestivali.com and on social media accounts.
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