Short Film, Fantasy, Comedy, 26 mins. Language: Turkish, English, Italian, German. Written, Produced, and Directed by MÜGE BAYRAKTAR
Synopsis: A young Turkish historian is visited by the Angel of Death who likes dessert very much. The historian makes his last wish to travel back in time in search of immortality and manages to visit Leonardo da Vinci and baby Hitler. Both visits end with disappointment. Unexpectedly, the good news comes from the future.
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Music Supervisor: YUSUF SÜMER
Editor: BARIŞ ÖZKAYA
Make-up Artist: ÖZDEMİR EGEMEN
Director of Photography: SİNAN MUTER
Original Music Composed by: GRAEME WINDER
ShockerFest International Film Festival, Official Selection, Modesto California USA, 2011
Da Vinci Film Festival, Official Selection, Corvallis Oregon USA 2011
Puerto Rico International Film Festival Official Selection, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico 2011
New Filmmakers New York, Official Selection, Manhattan New York USA, 2011
Ecran Mobile Festival International du Court-Métrage de Genève, Offical Selection, Geneva Switzerland, 2011
The ACCOLADE GLOBAL FILM COMPETITION, CA USA 2010
AWARD OF MERIT: SHORT FILM
AWARD OF MERIT: SCRIPTWRITER Müge Bayraktar
LOS ANGELES MOVIE AWARDS 2010 (II), California USA HONORABLE MENTION
American International Film Festival AIFF2010 (Annual competition), BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM, Ann Arbor, MI USA 2010
New York Eurasian Film Festival, HONORABLE MENTION - COMEDY SHORT, New York USA, 2010
International Izmir Short Film Festival, Official Selection, Izmir Turkey 2010
American International Film Festival AIFF 2010, NOVEMBER 2010 Competition, MI USA
Category: Best Foreign Language Film Short
BEST DIRECTOR: Müge Bayraktar
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER: Sinan Muter
BEST ACTOR: Sefa Tantoglu
Is death always scary? Isn’t that an inevitable fact of life? Why don’t we just accept it as it is and go on living every day of our lives to the fullest? The answer to these questions probably lies under the fact that we all wish for immortality even though we are not aware of our will. We also know that the only way to make our name live forever is to leave something unique behind. The strange thing is that most of the greatest artists die without knowing their work is truly exceptional and that they will forever live in the minds of further generations.
These thoughts have given me the inspiration to write this script. I hope I’ve managed to touch the feelings of an audience who are, after all, mortal human beings.
Challenges in the Leonardo da Vinci and baby Hitler Scenes
The biggest challenge for me was creating a believable and plausible atmosphere for the Leonardo da Vinci and baby Hitler scenes. There were important casting factors that I didn't want to compromise such as using an Italian actor to play Leonardo da Vinci, a German actress as Hitler’s mother, and a Japanese actor for the Japanese visitor scene, and it wasn’t easy to scout them in Istanbul. The art direction was also crucial and required a lot of research because subtle details make an enormous impact on the overall ambiance. For example, in the Leonardo da Vinci scene we used candles and in the baby Hitler scene we used gas lamps in order to create an overall historical feeling. On the contrary, in the Japanese visitor scene, we used more futuristic props and costumes to display a space-age type vibe. It was all about capturing the spirit of the periods.