Kazarken - As We Dig

Güldem Durmaz, Belgium France, 2016, HDV, Format diffusion : 1.77 (HDV 16:9), 90 minutes

A woman of Turkish ascent, following ancient anatolian healing rites, dreams her way through fragments of memory, both personal and collective.
She is guided by a mythological character, Kheiron the Centaur, into a form of savage psychoanalysis.
An experiment in dislocated space and time, opening up passages between worlds, her quest takes her back to her mother's village, whose entire Armenian population vanished in 1915 – but also to the ruins of an ancient Roman hospital, where sacred waters and oneiric visions were once the keys to healing.
Exploring memory as a place of struggle against oblivion and the violences of hidden history, Kazarken, haunted by voices both real and fantasized, is also a journey towards an ancient way of thinking – an invitation to modify and expand the way we perceive the world, to help us break free from inherited curses...

Music score written by Fred Costa

  • Directed by: Güldem Durmaz
  • Screenplay: Güldem Durmaz, Simon Backès
  • Photography: Güldem Durmaz, Simon Backès, Piet Eekman, Bernard Verstraete
  • Sound: Valentin Mazingarbe - Music by Fred Costa
  • Image editing: Simon Backès, Güldem Durmaz
  • Sound editing: Emmanuel de Boissieu
  • Mixing: Emmanuel de Boissieu
  • Languages: FR, TR
  • Subtitles: FR, EN
  • Available formats: DCP, Digital
  • With: Denis Lavant, Güldem Durmaz, Martin Selze, Marie-Sohna Condé
  • Production: A nous 2
  • Coproduction: CBA, ALEA JACTA, ATOPIC (Paris), Stempel Films
  • Coproduction workshop: CBA
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  • Festival selections:

    Torino International Film Festival, Italy 2016
    Festival International du Cinéma Méditerranéen de Tetouan, Morocco 2017
    Sguardi Altrove Film Festival, Milano, Italy 2017
    Millenium International Documentary Film Festival, Bruxelles, Belgium 2017
    33e Rencontres Cinema Gindou, France 2017
    Comptoir du Doc / Programmation Hors Format - Parcheminerie, Rennes, France 2017
    Filmer à Tout Prix / Panorama belge, Bruxelles, Belgium 2017
    GZDOC - Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China 2017
    Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh 2018
    36° Festival Cinematográfico Internacional de Cinemateca del Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay 2018
    L'Europe autour de l'Europe - Evropa Film Akt, Paris, France 2018
    Festival des Cinémas de Turquie, Paris, France 2018
    Cimatheque Cairo, Cairo, Egypt 2018

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