Open City Documentary Festival

Belonging + Q&A

Burak Çevik
Turkey, Canada, France
Previous Festivals & Awards
New Directors New Films 2019, Transilvania International Film Festival 2019, Berlinale Forum 2019.
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Regent Street Cinema

Nominated for the Emerging International Filmmaker Award

Burak Çevik was born in Istanbul, Turkey in 1993. He completed his studies in Film and Television at Istanbul Bilgi University in 2016. After his debut, Tuzdan kaideBelonging is his second feature-length film.

Everybody has their own tragedy. An opening monologue, accompanied by a series of precise, pristine and entirely people-free images, details a premeditated murder – a familial affair told in the first person, voiced by the filmmaker himself. From here, an extended, elegantly lensed exchange between two key participants in this crime plays out, its charming contours charged by the viewer’s understanding of where this newly blooming relationship will lead. Belonging, the second feature from new Turkish talent Burak Çevik, is a startling, impressively playful piece of autofiction; a compelling, cleverly constructed exercise in reframing and restaging the unknowable peripheries of the past.

UK Premiere

Followed by a Q&A with Director Burak Çevik

Screens with:
Night Without Distance
Lois Patiño | 2015 | Portugal, Spain | 24’

A moment in the memory of the landscape: the smuggling that for centuries crossed the line that separates Portugal and Galicia. The Sierra do Gerês does not understand borders and its rocks cross from one country to another with insolence. Smugglers also disobey this separation. The rocks, the river, the trees: silent witnesses, help them hide. Just wait for the night to come to cross the distance that separates them.

Read an essay about Belonging by Phuong Le