2020 / 71’ / Color / Turkey

Director:  Deniz Tortum

Screenplay: Deniz Tortum

Music : Alican Çamcı

Cinematography: Deniz Tortum

Editing : Sercan Sezgin

Production:  İstos film, Yumurta Yapım Sanat, Beatrice Films

Distributor: Başka Sinema


Phases of Matter explores the unseen aspects of medicine: the life behind the curtain for doctors and hospital workers, the environment they work in and the mannerisms they adopt, the power of physical institutions, as well as the passage of the human body. The film is set in Cerrahpaşa Hospital, a unique, state-run teaching hospital in Istanbul, nearing the end of its working life. Current plans for demolition are under discussion.


Deniz Tortum (Istanbul, 1989) works in film and new media. His work has screened internationally, including at the Venice Film Festival, SxSW, Sheffield, True/False and Dokufest. He has worked as a research assistant at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where he focused on virtual reality. In 2017-2018, he was a fellow at Harvard Film Study Center, where he worked on “Phases of Matter”, which premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020. He was recently featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film.