30.09. - 09.10.2021

Memories of the Wind Turkey, Georgia, Germany, France 2015 | 145 min | OV with German subtitles | Colour | FF 2015

Özcan Alper

Already with his debut film Autumn, Özcan Alper (*1975) caused a sensation and won numerous prizes, including the CICAE Art Cinema Award in Locarno. His follow-up Future Lasts Forever (2011) also won several awards.

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World War II. Turkey is working with Nazi Germany and using similarly brutal methods against minorities and members of the opposition. For Aram, an Armenian dissident, painter and poet, life in Istanbul is growing more dangerous by the day. In the winter of 1943, he flees to the Turkish-Georgian border, where Mikhail and his young wife Mereyem give him shelter in a hut in the forest. Here, Aram waits for the papers he needs to escape to the Soviet Union. But the city-dwelling intellectual can't handle life in the woods. He's scared and feels lost in nature, with all its unexplained sounds and noises. The documents take a long time and Aram and Mereyem grow closer, making the situation for all concerned unbearable. Memories of the Wind is a melancholy drama about escape which makes Aram's exposure to nature and the endless wait for his papers almost tangibly painful.
Original title: Rüzgârın Hatıraları
Film type: Fiction Feature
Original language: Turkish, Armenian, Russian
Section: Freihafen
Language and subtitles: OV with German subtitles
Director: Özcan Alper
Screenplay: Özcan Alper, Ahmet Büke
Cast: Onur Saylak, Sofya Khandemirova, Mustafa Uğurlu, Ebru Özkan, Tuba Büyüküstün, Murat Daltaban, Menderes Samancılar
Producer: Soner Alper, Mustafa Oğuz, Ali Bayraktar, Mamuka Chikhradze, Michael Eckelt, Guillaume de Seille
Director of Photography: Andreas Sìnanos
Music: François Couturier
Production Design: Gamze Kuş
Editor: Baptiste Gacoin, Özcan Alper
Sound: 0
Costume design:
Commissioning Editor:
Format: dcp
German Distributor:
World Sales: Nar Film
Production: Nar Film; Most Productions; Istanbul Dijital; ABK Studio Productions; Riva Film; Arizona Productions
Contact: Mia Kilian, Riva Film:


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