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Hasret - Yearning

OT: Hasret - Yearning

Ben Hopkins // Germany, Turkey, 2015
Hybrid // FF2015
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A film crew is commissioned by a broadcasting company to make a film about Istanbul. Viewing the material one day, the director sees shadows and shapes that he hadn’t noticed on the shoot: it’s as if the camera has captured some ghosts. The idea fascinates him and becomes an obsession. The director goes back to the old town and films more material at night in the hope of finding more ghosts. Not sharing his obsession, the crew soon get fed up, so he carries on alone. His journey takes him through present-day Istanbul and into the past. He witnesses quarters being destroyed and rebuilt, meets migrants and activists from the protest movement. His pictures and encounters come together to form a magically melancholic portrait of the city on the Bosphorus.


Apart from working as a director, Ben Hopkins (*1969) also writes novels and screenplays. He became known for his films Simon Magnus (1999) and The Nine Lives of Thomas Katz (2000). His film Welcome zu Karastan was shown at FILMFEST HAMBURG 014.



Hasret - Yearning


English, German, Turkish


Germany, Turkey


82 min

OV with German subtitles

Ben Hopkins

Ben Hopkins, Ceylan Ünal Hopkins

Mustafa Dok, Hans W. Geissendörfer

Jörg Gruber

Levent Çelebi (LewQ)

Efe Akmen, Levent Çelebi (LewQ)

Maja Zogg

PifflMedien GmbH

Geissendörfer Film- und Fernsehproduktion; Bredok Film Production; ZDF/ARTE

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