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PASSED BY CENSOR

2018 /  95’ / Color / Turkey

Director:  Serhat Karaaslan

Screenplay: Serhat Karaaslan

Cinematography: Meryem Yavuz

Art director : İbrahim İldem

Editing : Ali Aga

Cast : Berkay Ateş, Saadet Işıl Aksoy, Füsun Demirel, İpek Türktan Kaynak, Erdem Şenocak, Müfit Kayacan, Banu Fotocan, Emrah Özdemir

Producer : Serkan Çakarer

Production:  +90 Film Yapım

E-mail : scakarer@gmail.com

Summary

As a prison letter examiner, Zakir’s (30)  job is to black out objectionable content from the inmates’ incoming and outgoing mail. In his free time, Zakir attends a writing course–his secret passion, and means to socialising outside work. When the course instructor asks the class to write a short story based on a photograph, Zakir steals one from an inmates’ letter. The photograph belongs to convict Recep and his wife Selma. That’s when the mundane life in the home he shares with his mother and the prison begins to change.

Director

Serhat Karaaslan was born in 1984 in Varto, Turkey. He moved to Istanbul to study at the Faculty of Pharmacology at Istanbul University. After his graduation, he started to work as a Pharmacist and make short films. He was then accepted to the master’s program for Directors of Film & Drama at Kadir Has University. He made two more shorts “Bicycle” and “Musa” while earning his master’s degree. His most recent short film “Ice Cream” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival Short Cuts Competition in 2014 and awarded in various international film festivals. His short films have won more than 60 awards and screened in major film festivals including Toronto, Locarno, Thessaloniki, Montpellier, Sarajevo and Istanbul. His first feature film project “Passed by Censor” has been selected for Cannes Cinefondation Residence 2015 and Berlinale Talent Project Market 2015. He also participated Locarno Filmmakers Academy 2014, Berlinale Talent Campus 2015, Global Media Makers (LA Film Independent) 2016.